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Lost and Stray Cats

Lost cats

It can be a worrying time when your cat goes missing, so here are a few things that can help you find your cat

  • Ask neighbours to check their sheds, gardens, garages or greenhouses for signs of your cat, giving them a full description and a photograph if possible.
  • Create posters to put up around your local area.
  • If there are no sightings of your cat, please report it missing to
  • Report your cat missing immediately. Many people leave it for a couple of weeks before reporting a missing cat. If your cat is unneutered they quite often wander off looking for a mate. Your cat could have already been brought into a rehoming centre and rehomed in this time. If no microchip is found, rehoming centres are not required by law to keep a cat for any longer than seven days before finding it a new home.
  • If your cat is microchipped, inform the microchip company, this is usually Petlog. Ensure that you update any information that may have changed and tell them your cat is missing, please have your cat’s microchip number to hand before ringing.

Stray Cats

Here are a few tips on what to do if you think you have found a stray cat.

  • Ask around your neighbourhood to see if you can find the owner. Not all owned cats wear collars due to being microchipped.
  • Do not feed a stray cat just in case it has an owner, it may return back home on its own accord. Some cats may look skinny and frail. This may be due to an underlying illness. The cat may not be able to eat and something that an owner is aware of.
  • Download and print a paper collar to try and find the owner.
  • If the cat is sick or injured please contact the RSPCA immediately on 0300 1234 999.
  • If there is no luck finding an owner please report the cat you have found to
  • You can download our stray pack which contains information to help you reunite the cat with its owner.

Mums & Kittens

Here are some tips on what do if you have found unwanted mums and kittens.

  • Please ask around the neighbourhood to make sure the mum and kittens aren’t owned.
  • If you can’t find an owner, make sure they are all healthy and well. If you are unsure, ask us or your local vet for more information.
  • Please make sure mum isn’t feral before doing anything with the kittens. It is important that if it is necessary to move the kittens, mum is happy for you to do so. We do not take in feral cats, so please see our stray cat pack to establish whether the cat is feral or not.
  • Make sure the kittens are more than a week old before moving them.
  • Make sure they are in a safe environment in which they can’t get hurt. If they can be moved to an outside garage or shed, this would be ideal as this can be a good way to keep them sheltered and safe.
  • Do NOT feed the mum or kittens cows’ milk, as cats are lactose intolerant. Kittens should be feeding off mum; mum will need kitten meat, biscuits and water.
  • If the kittens are too young to eat meat but aren’t feeding from mum, please contact your local vet for kitten milk supplements and advice on how to feed them.
  • If you are concerned and would like more information please contact Wood Green on 0300 303 9333

Deceased cats

This can be very distressing for many people. Our aim is to ensure that the owner of this cat is aware of what’s happened to their pet. If you do find a deceased cat, please follow these instructions.

  • Please contact your local council to report the cat.
  • Please contact the Highways agency to report the cat to be collected.
  • Contact us or your local vet, so the cat can be checked for a microchip to help identify an owner.

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