I have to give up my cat - can you help?
Having to rehome a cat because you can’t find a rented property that accepts cats can be a heart-breaking experience.
If you’re having trouble finding a property where you can keep your cat, you could try the following:
Pick up the phone: Many adverts may state ‘no pets’, and this can be off-putting. But in some cases a landlord might be flexible once you approach them. Try phoning local letting agents and landlords and explain your situation. By reassuring them that you’re a responsible owner and your cat has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas, some may be happy to give permission.
Put together a Pet CV: Put together a ‘Pet CV’ to tell prospective landlords about your cat. It should include vet records so they can see the cat has been neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and protected against fleas and other parasites. It may also include details about your cat’s character, how they like to spend their time, if they use a litter tray and how they interact with people and animals. If possible, provide a pet reference from a previous landlord to confirm the cat had not caused damage.
Ask for help: If you need to move and still haven’t found a property, try asking a trusted friend or family member if they can temporarily look after your cat. It may give you some time to find a more suitable home, or your landlord may be more inclined to allow cats once you’ve been a tenant for a period of time.
If you still feel unable to keep your cat, call our National Information Helpline on 03000 12 12 12 for help and advice.