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.
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