Advice if You Find a Cat

Advice if You Find a Cat

Firstly, please don’t automatically assume that the cat is a stray.  Unless it is injured, in danger or in considerable distress, make local enquiries before you remove the cat from the place that you find it.


Things to do if you find a cat.

Safe and sound

Safe and sound

1. Contact all local rescue centres in your area.  You may find details in your local paper, phone directories etc. You can select the link above or to the left to send details to Yorkshire Cat Rescue.  Please include a photo if possible – it will help us to compare likely matches before contacting you and raising your hopes needlessly.  You can also find a list of cat rescues in your area here.

2. Phone as many vets and pet-shops as possible to see if anyone is advertising a “lost” cat who matches the description.

3. Contact any other “animal” organisations/establishments you can find – these might include dog groomers, pet sitters, animal feed shops etc etc.  Although they probably won’t operate a “lost and found” register, they will chat to pet owners, and word may get around.  Ask them to display a poster.  There are also lost and found sites online, and it is worth putting details on as many of those as possible.  Include a photo if you can, it helps eliminate callers who have a cat of the same colour but a different pattern distribution.

4. Check your local paper (going back a few weeks) in case anyone has reported a lost cat who matches the description.

5. Take the cat to a local vets/rescue centre (phone first) to have the cat scanned for a microchip.

6. Put a paper collar on the cat. This should be a strip of paper approx 1cm wide fastened around the cat’s neck. On it write “Please telephone me if this is your cat…{your phone number}”. DO NOT PUT YOUR ADDRESS ON!  You may have to replace the collar a few times as the cat may scratch it off.  Some cats are cheeky or greedy and may visit your home and steal cat food even when they have a home to go to and are not lost.  This happens a lot more than people realise!

All cats and kittens are microchipped when they leave us

All cats and kittens are microchipped when they leave us

7. Put an advertisement in the lost and found column of your local paper.  Many papers offer this service free of charge for “found” cats.

8. Display posters in any local shops, libraries, takeaways and any other public places.  Include a brief description of the cat, your phone number and the general area where the cat was found, but again, please don’t put your address.

9. Mention the cat to any local delivery men, including postmen.  They may have seen “lost” notices a few streets away if the cat has wandered some distance.

10.  Check Facebook for lost and found groups covering your area.  It might also be worth putting the cat’s details on national or regional groups in case it has traveled some distance in a vehicle.

REMEMBER: Tell all local rescue centres, online sites and remove all posters if and when you find the cat’s owners. Perhaps suggest that they consider having the cat microchipped if it hasn’t already been.