What to do if you find a cat

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Things you can do when you find a cat which you believe is lost/missing from home or a stray (by Yorkshire Cat Rescue)

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.


contact all local rescue centres in your area. You may find details in your local paper, Yellow Pages/phone book and on www.catchat.org - please don't assume the rescue centre will be able to take the cat straightaway, they may be full and have to operate a waiting list system.

phone as many vets and petshops as possible to see if anyone is advertising a "lost" cat who matches the description.

contact any other “animal” organisations/establisments 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.

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

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

put a paper collar on the cat. This should be a strip of paper approx 1cm in diameter 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.

put an advertisement in the lost and found column of your local paper. Many papers offer this service free of charge for "found" cats.

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.

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.

Search the web for lost and found websites, and register the cat with as many as possible - submitting photos if possible.


(The information on this guide is copied from the Yorkshire Cat Rescue website. Search the internet to find our website for more information). 
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