What to do if you’ve found a cat

Cats are social, adventurous creatures so it’s very likely you will encounter a cat you haven’t seen before in your garden or on your street. It’s very difficult to know whether a cat is lost, a feral or just on the look out for another gourmet dinner! Follow these tips to help decide whether you need to take more action.

  • As a general rule – cats that look healthy and well groomed probably live nearby. A lost/stray cat is likely to be nervous and look disorientated. With time they may become more friendly. A feral cat will normally avoid all human contact and won’t come close even with encouragement.
  • Avoid feeding cats. This is an absolute golden rule. Unless the cat looks particularly hungry or dishevelled. Feeding cats will encourage them to keep coming back. Bear in mind some cats may have dietary requirements and will need special cat food. However well intentioned, you could be endangering their health by feeding them.
  • If the cat is friendly use a paper collar to see if it has an owner. You can use the Toe Beans mobile number if you do not wish to use your own. If you get no response you can assume that the cat is either lost or a stray.
  • Ask neighbours if the cat is theirs or if they know the owner. Post a photo on local Facebook pages and ask people to share. Put a note through the door of any newcomers to the area.
    If you’ve had no success get in touch. If the cat is friendly and can be contained a Toe Beans volunteer can visit and scan for a microchip.