Please read ahead for advice on what to do if you come across a cat that is either lost or a stray.
1. Is it an Adult or Small Kitten?
If you find a small kitten, don't pick it up right away unless it is in danger. Mother cats will often leave their kittens behind as they hunt for food. So long as the kitten is safe, please keep a watchful eye and wait for about 4 hours before taking the kitten. If the mother cat does not return after this amount of time, it is safe to say the kitten has been abandoned.
2. Is it wearing a collar or seems very tame and friendly?
If the cat is wearing a collar it is probably lost. Please call our helpline 050.451.0058 to report a found cat and for further instruction. Click here for a quick guide on what to do when you find a lost cat. If you can take it into your care, you may be asked to please do so until the owners are found as our foster homes are usually full. You can post a description and picture on our Lost and Found Page and also check to see if someone has posted losing the cat. The cat will need to be checked for a microchip number at the vet, and once this number is known, we will be able to locate their registered owner.
If the cat does not have owners, but is extremely friendly, they may be a good candidate for our foster care. Please see our page explaining What Makes A Feline Friends Foster Cat. Feline Friends relies solely on volunteers and does not have a shelter, so most often our foster homes are filled to the max. If this is the case, we would ask if you could care for the cat temporarily and assist in finding it a permanent home until we have space available.
If the cat is not able to become a "house cat" it may be elligle for our trap-sterilise-release program.
3. Is the cat at least 5 months old and are both ears still pointy (untipped)?
If the cat is truly a stray, it will not want to be rescued and brought inside. But we can sterilise him/her to ensure they do not create more stray cats. Sterilisation also helps cats avoid fighting, and saves them from reproductive organ related illnesses. To read more about the benefits of sterilisation please read about our Sterilisation Campaign. Cats should be at least 5 months old to be sterilised. If the cat has its left ear tipped, this means it has already been sterilised and should be allowed to roam free. If neither ear has been tipped, you can assume it needs to be sterilised. At this point call the helpline 0504510058 to report a cat that needs sterilising. Please keep your eye on the cat as we will send one of our volunteer drivers to trap them. We also offer training on how to trap cats yourself and always welcome the help. If we have no available volunteers at the time and the cat is friendly enough to catch, we may ask you to assist by putting them in a suitable carrier and bringing the cat to one of our vets. Once again trapping can be a daunting process depending on how fearful the cat is, therefore please always call the helpline for advice and instructions.