I've found a cat


If you find a stray cat we recommend you do the following:

  • If you find a healthy cat which you are worried may be a stray or lost, you can contact us and we will be happy to scan the cat for a microchip and contact the owners.
  • If the cat does not have a microchip you can: record the cat as found & upload a photo on our lost and found page / knock on neighbour's doors to try and find the owner and put up posters
  • Apply a tab band collar (provided by us) to write your name and number on, so that if the cat is owned and returns home, the owners will contact you and put your mind at rest.
  • Providing the cat is healthy you will need to return the cat to the location where it was found. We would discourage feeding healthy cats which looks like it is owned, and this may encourage them to leave their owners property.
  • For healthy cats which you are confident do not have an owner you can take the cat on yourself, or speak to a cat charity (however these charities are under a lot of pressure & most rarely have space to take on a cat for rehoming, usually with 6 month waiting lists).
  • If the cat is injured, unhealthy, or too young to fend for itself please contact the RSPCA for a log no. on 0300 1238022, then phone us to arrange to bring the cat down to the practice. The cat will be scanned for a microchip and the owners contacted, or if there is no microchip we or the local RSPCA branch will hold the cat for 7 days, if no owner has come forward the responsibility of ownership is then transferred to the vets in question or RSPCA.
  • The cat may then be treated and rehomed, or in some cases euthanasia depending on the injuries (sadly for some cats the injuries may be too severe to warrant holding the cat for 7 days to see if its owners come forward, and the cat may need to be euthanased on humane grounds before the 7 day rule).
For further information, more contact numbers to report the cat as lost and found and to download the Cats Protection 'Lost Cat Advice Sheet' click here.

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