If you find a stray cat…
Before taking any steps towards looking after a stray cat it is important to check and make sure that it is in fact a stray. Cats are naturally resourceful creatures and can be independent of their owners. Whilst there are many cats who love lots of attention and cuddles, never roaming far from their owner’s side, there are other cats who are quite happy wandering through fields and gardens.
Quite often cats who appear to be stray are in fact much loved pets of people in neighbouring areas. Before deciding that a cat is stray it is important to check whether it is wearing a collar (this might also give the name and address of the cat’s owners). If the cat is looking well fed and yet is not wearing a collar it could still be a far roaming pet. In this instance the cat may well go home of his own accord.
If he doesn’t, or if there is a risk that he may become injured (for instance if he is found wandering by a busy road) please call us on 01252 334 644 for further advice.
If you find an injured cat…
If the cat is seriously injured, take the cat to the nearest vet immediately. All vets will provide emergency care for any animal involved in a road traffic accident.
Alternatively, please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 who will be able to assist further.
If you need to rehome your cat…
If you are unable to look after your cat any more, please contact us on 01252 334 644 or email email@example.com. Please note that the email and phone line are manned by volunteers, but rest assured we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please also note that due to very limited fostering resources, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to take in the cat straight away, as we always have a waiting list of cats to come into care.
Where appropriate we can also arrange for the cat to be rehomed without being taken into our care first (‘direct homing’). This is generally preferable for the cat, as it is much less stressful for them, and of course it also helps to ease our resources to help with emergency situations.
If you need help with vet bills…
If you are unable to afford veterinary care for your cat, please contact the following charities who may be able to offer assistance:
The Blue Cross – http://www.bluecross.org.uk
PDSA – http://www.pdsa.org.uk
If you want help with the cost of neutering your cat…
Neutering vouchers are available to persons on low incomes or benefits who need help with the costs of getting their cat neutered. The voucher values are £20 for male cats, and £26 for female cats. If you feel you qualify for help, please complete the neutering assistance application form here.
See also the Neutering page for more information on the benefits of having your cat neutered.
If you need general cat care advice…
The National Cat Centre at Cats Protection offers a helpline answering general queries about cat care (non-veterinary related). It is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
You can phone the helpline on 03000 12 12 12, alternatively you can submit a question to the national CP helpline by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before contacting the helpline, we do suggest that you search the main Cats Protection website thoroughly, as it provides plenty of useful information about caring for your cat.