Found Cats Albums and Advice
Check, all the albums that could match the found cat's description. Please, also read the advice below the albums.
What to do if you find a cat
Before picking a cat up off the street, please consider how you might feel if someone picked up your cat when he was simply doing his daily stroll around the neighbourhood. Cats have a legal right to roam so will always wander out of their own gardens
Please be aware - Cats will roam and have large territories. Just because you haven't seen the cat before doesn't mean they are lost - they may have recently moved to the area or just be venturing further than they have previously.
Make sure that you add the found cat to Peterborough's Lost Pets and to any local Facebook groups that cover your area.
There is an arrangement between BVA and RSPCA for a contribution towards the Initial Emergency Treatment of sick or injured wildlife and stray animals.
If you find a sick or injured animal, call the RSPCA helpline 0300 1234 999, BEFORE taking the animal/pet to the vet. You will be given a reference to supply to the vets. The RSPCA may ask you to go to a specific vet.
Medication and Food
Please do not self-medicate stray or "lost" animals with flea treatment and wormers without first consulting a vet. As there is a danger of overdosing the pet or an allergic reaction. Not all treatments are suitable for all pets.
The same applies to food. Please do not feed pets that don't belong to you as they may have dietary requirements for health issues or sensitive tummies in general and could be intolerant to what you offer.
If the cat will let you approach it, make a paper collar saying “If this is your cat please call this number ……………” and fasten the collar with a SMALL piece of sellotape. (sellotape around the whole thing could be dangerous if the cat gets caught in anything). If the cat is going home between visits to your house, the owners will see the collar and you can explain to them that they are always hanging around your place and hopefully organise a plan between you both get the cat to go home. Alternatively, download and print ours here
If no response from the paper collar, take the cat in a secure carrier to your local vets to have them scanned for a microchip. (You won't be charged for this service) Hopefully, the cat will be chipped and you can then reunite the cat with its owner. If the cat is not chipped, the vet will request for the cat to return to where found. Please also add a post to Peterborough's Lost Pets
Posters and Nextdoor app
Contact local animal organisations and all vets to register the cat as found. Put posters up in your local area to see if you can locate the cat's owner (with the council's permission). If you have a smartphone Nextdoor is a good app to download to send alerts out to users in your neighbourhood.
Local delivery people
Talk to anyone who makes deliveries in the local area. Ask if they know of anyone who has lost a cat or if they have seen any Missing Cat posters nearby.
Cats are regarded in law as the ‘property’ of their owner. The theft of a cat is treated as an offence under the Act, in the same way as theft of any other property is. A cat that is lost or has strayed is generally regarded as the property of the original owner. It is, therefore, necessary to make all reasonable endeavours to locate the original owner whenever possible.
If you have exhausted all avenues to reunited the cat. Please contact Peterborough's Cats Protection for him/her to be added to the waiting list.
If you have sadly found a deceased cat, then please consider that the cat may be identity microchipped. Burying the body without checking for a microchip may prevent the owner from ever finding out their pet's fate. If you are within Peterborough, the council (01733 747474) will collect and check for a microchip.
Reuniting with their owner
We STRONGLY suggest that any finder establishes proof of ownership, before handing over a pet.
Ask for photos, vet records, etc. If you are unsure please contact your local vet