Rehoming your cat with Cats Protection

Making the decision to rehome your cat or kitten?

Making the decision to rehome your cat

From moving home and relationship break-ups to changes in the family or bereavement, there are many reasons why owners have to make the difficult decision to rehome their cat. While some situations are unavoidable, there are circumstances where you may be able to keep your cat.

Reasons for rehoming

If you, or someone living in your household, think they might be allergic to your cat, don't panic. There are other alternatives before you start thinking about giving up your cat. Firstly, visit your GP to determine whether the symptoms are related to your feline companion - it could be the case that pollen, dustmites or even perfume is the culprit! If your GP confirms that your allergy is caused by your cat, you can discuss treatment. Read more about cats and allergies.

Cats can make great companions for children but it is understandable if when getting pregnant, you begin to worry. There's no reason why you should have to rehome your cat when pregnant or having a baby in your household. Practising good hygiene is what new parents do anyway - but this becomes important when you have a cat. For more advice, visit our page on cats and pregnancy.

If the issue is with your cat's behaviour and you're considered giving them up, it might be worth visiting your vet. You can find out more about managing your cat's behaviour here.

Each year, we rehome many cats who need a new living situation. If you'd like to support us so that we can continue to do so, would you consider sponsoring a cat at Cats Protection?

Rehoming your cat

If you find that you, or a family member, can no longer cope with a pet, there might be no other option but to rehome the cat. If this is the case, it is important to remember the following steps to ensure your feline companion is safe.

  • Don’t be tempted to advertise your cat online or on social media. Unfortunately this doesn’t always ensure that your pet will go to a good home
  • Plan as early as possible. There can often be waiting lists for spaces in our pens, so planning early means knowing your cat is in a safe place
  • Contact your local Cats Protection branch or adoption centre. You can find your nearest branch here
  • Be patient. If you’re phoning branches during the day, you may need to leave an answerphone message as many of our volunteers may be at work. Your call will soon be returned and you’ll be advised on what to do next
  • Think carefully. Once the decision has been made and the cat rehomed, no details of the new owners can be released

For further advice, contact our National Info line