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Lost and Found Cats

My cat is missing what can I do?

  • If your cat goes missing, tell the microchip database their chip is registered to immediately

  • Put up posters in your local area with a good photo of your cat, and your contact details

  • Contact vets and rescue centres in the area to ask if they have seen them

  • Ask your neighbours to check sheds, garages and cars

  • Shake a box of their favourite biscuits to entice them home.

  • If your cat has a favourite toy, try leaving it in your garden.

  • Cats have a strong sense of smell - leave out a regular blanket or bedding to encourage your cat out of hiding.

  • You might find your moggy is more active at night, especially during hotter weather. Go out with a friend or family member when it is dark to call for your cat by name.

  • Leave a bowl of water out and some food. A tasty treat such as tuna might be enough to bring your cat home.

Before you take any action for a suspected stray cat, it’s best to establish with as much certainty as possible that the cat really is homeless, and not someone’s pet who is simply out for a wander, or who has become lost.

Grey Cat

I've found a cat - what can I do?

  • Ask your neighbours if they recognise the cat - there might be someone in the local area frantically searching for their lost pet

  • Make a collar out of paper and cello-tape for the cat to wear. Write your number on the collar clearly and if possible, a note requesting that the cats’ owner contacts you. Paper collars can also be downloaded via the Cats Protection website. If you get no response from any owner after 2-3 days arrange to get the cat scanned.

  • Take the cat to your local veterinary clinic to be scanned for a microchip or contact a local rescue who may be able to come out and scan for you. Any vet should perform a microchip scan free of charge for a suspected stray cat.

  • Alert local rescue organisations especially if the cat appears unwell. If the cat is in immediate danger please take to your nearest vets.

  • Post a photo and brief description on your Facebook page and any local community Facebook groups.

  • Check local newspapers and social media sites in case the cat has been listed as missing.

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