Tortie cat looking through a fence

What to do if you find a cat

What you need to know to help the cat get back home


Our top tips if you think you've found a stray cat


Don't assume it's a stray! Many cats love to visit their neighbours and if the feline in your garden is friendly and seems well-groomed, well fed and cared for, the chances are that they have a home. Get to know local animals and their owners in the area so that you can recognise any strangers.

If they seem hungry, scruffy, un-cared for and keep hanging around, then ask your neighbours about any missing pets. You could put found leaflets through their doors, contact your local RSPCA, Cats Protection League, or ask your vet's advice.