I found a stray/abandoned cat
Cats tend to roam vast distances to set their territory, hunt for food and to find a mate if they are not neutered. They may be new to the area and simply lost.
Most seemingly stray cats do have a home, but are just wandering. Before assuming a cat is a stray or abandoned, you must be sure it does not have a home.
If you believe the cat is a stray and you need to find the owner, follow these steps;
- Put a paper collar on the cat with your phone number and a message asking the owner to contact you.
- Contact the rehoming team at Raystede. We will take the cat’s details and check our Lost and Found records for any matches.
- Spread the word in your local area; use ‘found’ posters, social media, and contact all local rescue centres and vets (the rehoming team can provide you with contact details).
- If the above steps produce no results and it is safe to do so, use a secure carrier to take the cat to your local vet practice. If the cat is microchipped, the owner may be contacted.
- Although tempting, please refrain from feeding cats in your garden or home; this encourages them to stay away from home and causes unnecessary upset for the true owner.
If you cannot locate the cat’s owner or the cat appears to be in immediate danger or distress, please contact the rehoming team at Raystede to discuss the cat and the availability of space in our cattery.
We may ask you to kindly care for the cat until we have space in our cattery. All stray cats are held for a minimum of 7 days before we consider rehoming them.