What to do if you've found a cat

22 May 2023

Follow our advice on what to do if you have found a cat and suspect they may be stray or lost.

Ginger cat balancing on stable door sniffs lady's outstretched hand

Avoid feeding

Try not to feed cats who come into your garden unless they're clearly underweight. This will only encourage them to keep coming back and they may have owners feeding them too or have special dietary requirements due to health issues.

Use a paper collar

Put a paper collar on the cat asking an owner to contact you if the cat is theirs. If you get no response after a couple of days you can assume the cat has not been back home or may be stray.

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Spread the word

Cats roam over wide areas so ask your neighbours if they know who the cat belongs to. Create a found poster and put it up around the area where you found the cat, share a photo on social media, local community apps and on any lost cat websites.

Report the cat to your local rescue centres and vets

Report to your local rescue centres and vets in case the owner has already reported their cat missing and they can be reunited.

check for a microchip

If the cat is approachable take them to your local vet or rescue centre where they will be able to scan for a microchip with the owner's details.

Our centres accept stray cats between 9am and 5pm only. Please contact us before bringing the cat to us. Unlike dogs, local authorities do not take in stray cats.

If you decide to keep the cat, make sure you fully consider the commitment and responsibility of owning a pet.

If you find the cat's owner please remember to inform those who are still looking and take down any found posters.