What to do if you find a stray cat

First of all, if the cat appears injured or unwell, you should take it to the nearest vet, or phone the RSPCA on 0300 1234999 or 01637 881455.

You can also ask a vet to scan the cat for a microchip which will tell you if the cat has an owner.

Cornwall Adoption Centre at Carnon Downs keeps a register of lost and found cats so it would be worth ringing them on 01872 870575.

It’s a good idea to ask your neighbours whether there is a cat missing. Often cats believed to be strays do, in fact, belong to someone local. 

We can send you paper collars to put on the cat if it is friendly.  The wording says ‘Please call this number if this is your cat…’.

We can also send you missing cat posters on which you can stick a photo of the cat to put up locally.  Please give us a call on 0845 260 1386 if you would like these items sent to you.

A stray cat has to stay where it is for 2 weeks in case its owner comes forward. If it does become a matter of rehoming the cat we can give you some numbers to ring. You should ask the organisation if they have a waiting list and if they have, ask for the cat to be put on it.

You can find more advice in an article from the Cat Magazine about Found cats which you can download by following the link.

You can also follow this link to download a Found cat poster