Found a cat?
If you have found a cat, there are several procedures you need to go through. Firstly, advertise on animalsearchuk.
By nature, cats are extremely inquisitive and aren’t particularly faithful to their owners. If you have been feeding a cat then you are taking responsibility for all its welfare needs, particularly if you have been doing this over weeks or months.
It is essential that you advertise the animal as much as possible locally, years of experience has shown us most ‘stray’ cats do, in fact, have a home or at least someone caring for them. You can download and print paper collars and found posters via the links below, please remember if the pet is found to take the posters down.
If you do not have access to a printer, a clearly written home made poster will do just as well. To make a paper collar cut a strip of paper (approx. 1.5cm) off the long length of a sheet of A4. Write on it ‘Does this cat have a home?’ and your phone number then cover the length in sellotape leaving a 2cm gap sellotape free. This means if the cat gets caught on anything the collar will tear free.
We advise you use the collar over a 3 day period and URGE YOU TO TAKE ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS WHEN APPROACHING THE CAT AND FIXING THE COLLAR. Only do so if the cat is friendly, do not risk being bitten. If the cat is not approachable, it may be feral or semi-feral and therefore capable of sustaining its own lifestyle with the minimum of human intervention.
If, after following the above procedures the cat is still around, please ring us on 0115 7841110 (Mon to Fri 9am to 4.30pm) for further support. It is essential you ring as many organisations as possible.
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Disclaimer – This is a list of contacts you may find useful. The RSPCA Nottingham and Notts Branch is not responsible for content within the above links.