Lost and Found
Found a kitten?
If you find a kitten that you think is too young to be away from mum (younger than 8 weeks), it is urgent to keep it warm.
Wrap it in a blanket and put it safe in a box or carrier. With a hot water bottle or near a heater if it is winter.
Provide clean fresh water.
Take it to a vet as soon as possible.
Or take it home and ring local cat rescues for advice and help.
It will need to be put with a nursing mum cat or hand reared by an experienced kitten foster carer.
If the cat is older than 8 weeks, follow the 'Found a cat?' advice below...
Lost a cat?
- If your cat is microchipped, ring the chip company on the paperwork and report your cat as missing. Inform all local shelters and vets of your missing cats details and chip number. Notify the microchip company that your cat is lost. Make sure the contact details on the microchip are up to date.
- Lost cats are often nearby, but disorientated or trapped. So put flyers through all neighboring houses doors, asking them to check sheds and garages. Also put up posters.
- Familiar smells and sounds can help your cat find its way home. So empty the hoover in the garden, put the litter tray in the garden and hang dirty washing on the line. Go out calling your cats name and shaking a bag of treats or tapping a tin of food with a fork. Do this early morning and late evening. Put a warm tin of tuna or smelly food by the windowsill.
- Check the found section of the following websites and list your cat as lost: AnimalSearchUK.co.uk and UKMissingPetRegister
- Ring local councils asking if any cats have been hit by cars. It's not nice but can save a lot of worry and searching. And not all councils will scan or report deceased cats.
Found a cat?
- If it is ill, bring it indoors and get it to a vet or shelter asap.
Even if it turns out not to be lost or stray. A sick cat needs your help.
- If it is not ill put a paper collar on the cat and write 'this cat visits me, is he yours?' and put your phone number on it. Put up found posters and ask neighbors if they know this cat.
- Still try to get it to a vet or call out a cat charity to scan it for a chip and put it on their lost&found list. This is by far the quickest way to find the owner. Even if it is not chipped it will be easier for the owner to find by ringing round local vets and shelters.
- The vet may keep the cat if they have room or you may need to take it home with you and continue trying to find the owner. This will be easier now that the vet has given you details such as the cats gender, age, neutered/chipped or not.
- Check the lost sections of these websites, list the cat as found: AnimalSearchUK.co.uk & UKMissingPetRegister Also try local lost/found groups on facebook, e.g.Cats-Lost, found and stolen-Bedfordshire.
- Please note that when you find a cat you believe to be ill, lost or homeless, you may be that cats only chance at being reunited with its owner, getting vet care or finding a new home. If you bring a stray into your home please please do not let it out again until a shelter, vet or its owner collects it. Especially if the cat is not neutered, letting it out again creates hundreds more feral cats to suffer the homeless life.
- If no owner is found it will need to go to a shelter to be re-homed.
As well as ours, try these other local cat rescues and more on Cat Chat.
Please get in touch:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message our facebook page if you have lost or found a cat. Send us a picture and as much details as possible:
Name? Male or female? Neutered? Breed? Colour? Microchipped? Wearing a collar? Distinctive features? Last seen when/where? Contact details?
(Please DO NOT use this to ask us to rehome your cat or trap/rehome a stray. Ring the shelter for that)
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