Found a cat
Follow our advice on what to do if you have found a cat and suspect they may be stray or lost.
Avoid feeding cats
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 our 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.
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 and on any lost cat websites.
Report the cat to your local rescue centres and vets
Report to your local rescue centres and vets as many of them will keep a lost and found database.
Our Lost Dogs & Cats Line is open seven days a week from 8am until 7pm to receive reports of missing or found animals within the M25 area. The team also works with other lost and found agencies around the country to help reunite as many dogs and cats with their owners as possible.
Call 020 7627 9245 or fill in our form.
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.
Take the cat your local rescue centre
If you haven't found an owner after a couple of weeks take the stray to your local rescue centre. Our London centre accepts stray cats 24 hours a day. Our Old Windsor and Brands Hatch centres accept stray cats between 9am and 5pm. 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.
WHAT DO I DO IF I FIND A LITTER OF ABANDONED KITTENS?
It can be easy to intervene at the first sight of an unattended kitten or litter of kittens; however, it is important to not rush into the situation. You can find some helpful tips on what to do if you find unattended kittens on our Kitten Season advice page.