Adopt a cat


As cats are unique, our online hands-free matching process is designed to ensure cats go home to an environment best suited to their specific needs.  We listen to what you want from your new family member, and we ask questions about your home, family and other pets to help us help you make the right choice.

How to adopt a cat:

  • Check you are within a reasonable distance of your chosen centre.  You can find your nearest centre by typing in your postcode at

  • Enquire.  Once you’ve found a cat on our website that you’re interested in homing, send an enquiry through using the online form, or email It is important that you do not have any changes in the next 6 weeks (e.g. New baby, moving house, holiday, building work etc.) and that you can adopt a kitten within 3 days from reservation or an adult cat within 5 days from reservation.

  • Matched!  When we receive your enquiry we'll ask you more about what you're looking for in a cat and we'll ask about your home.  You may be asked for proof of your address and the consent of your landlord (if you live in a rented property).  We'll work with you to ensure a good match for both the cat and for you.  We sometimes suggest alternatives if we don't feel it's a good match or if we've had lots of people apply for the same cat.

  • 'Meet & greet'.  We may send photos and videos, and we'll conduct a video 'meet & greet' call.  We'll go into more detail about the cat's likes and dislikes, their medical history, your 4 weeks' free pet insurance and other recommendations for getting your new family member settled in.  We have a small number of appointment only slots where you may be invited on site to meet your perfect pet in person.  

  • Adopt. You’ll be sent paperwork to sign via email and, once received, we'll fix a convenient time for you to collect your cat.  The adoption fee is a contribution towards what it costs the charity to get a cat up to our Minimum Veterinary Standards (see below) and is payable upon collection, preferably by card.  The adoption fee is £85 for cats and £105 for kittens.  Additional donations are always welcome.

  • Shop!  From poop scoops and litter trays to cosy beds and catnip, our fully stocked shop has everything you need to pamper your new arrival.  We also have a supply of brand new cat-themed gifts for all the family, as well as fully sanitised donated cat carriers priced from £5 to £10.
  • Be supported.  You’ll receive a follow-up call or email around three to seven days after the adoption to check that your new arrival is settled in. You can also find help and advice on the Cats Protection website at


For your peace of mind, all of the cats available on our website meet Cats Protection's Minimum Veterinary Standards:
- Neutered
- Microchipped
- 1st vaccination
- Flea treatment
- Worm treatment
- Any required dental treatment or other surgeries 
- Four weeks' free pet insurance

On average it costs the charity £150 to £180 for each cat we rehome.
It's for this reason that any donation you're able to make in addition to the adoption fee will be warmly welcomed!

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