Stray Cats

Almost weekly, Oak Tree Animals’ Charity receives telephone calls regarding stray cats in our local area. These calls are from members of the public who are concerned that the cat in question may be lost or without a home.

Fun facts:

  • There are an estimated 10.9 million pet cats in the UK.
  • Microchipping is compulsory for dogs, and it will be for cats from the 10th June 2024.
  • Many pet cats in the UK roam their local neighbourhood on a daily basis using a particular route.
  • Cats have an internal body clock which allows them to tell what time of day it is. Whilst they cannot read the clock in your home, they can tell the time by daylight and bird song. This is why you may see a visiting cat at the same time each day or why your own cat always arrives home at a specific time. 

"I've found a stray cat what do I do?"

Cats naturally roam up to 2km and will frequently visit any property where they can obtain food. Bringing a cat into our care who is not genuinely a stray takes up a space which an actual stray or at-risk cat could have used. It also puts the welfare of the cat concerned at risk too, from stress, risk of contracting a contagious illness, or from missing medication if it is on treatment.

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