We have written below some questions and answers in the hope that you can proactively resolve your query. Please read these through before contacting us, when the situation is not a matter of life or death for an animal.
Being able to work together to help animals, relieves the stress on those of us already in daily demand. Remember! Deciding to help an animal in need is YOUR responsibility. By asking others for help, you are passing the responsibility on.
A Cat Turned Up At My Door And Will Not Leave, What Should I Do?
There are different reasons why cats appear at your door. Consider the following options:
- It is new in the area and out exploring
- Looking for shelter to give birth
- Hungry and searching for food and water
- Hunting for a sexual mating partner
In the first instance unless the cat looks sick/undernorished/in bad condition, do not feed. Should she/he need medical attention or is a pregnant female, please take the responsibility of helping and visiting your local vet. This may bring costs which you should discuss with your vet first. Explain you found the cat and he needs help, they can check if he has a microchip; in this instance the owners can be traced. Vets who work supporting cat protection work may offer you payment support and help you find the best solution depending on treatment needed.
If he is only passing by, he will soon be off home.
After not feeding, if he is still around the next day and not in "tip top" shape, there is the chance he is asking you for help. By providing food and water you are taking the responsibility. Start by putting up posters in the local area (bars / pet shops / supermarkets / vets /dentist / doctor / town hall / post office / car window etc) and asking if anyone has lost their pet. Give your telephone number so he can be collected by the owner. Download a template here. Also contact local animal protection centres to let others know, it is possible the owner has contacted them also. Local newspapers also run "lost and found pet" announcements for free - use this avenue to try and find the owner or excite someone into adopting.
If you can provide a permanent home; enjoy your new family member! Should this not be possible and after exhausting all avenues, go back to your local rescue centres and talk to them about the options available. There is no guarantee that the best answer is to give the cat to a shelter, but with the experience many volunteers working daily in this theme have, they can find a solution with you.
If you have a local community of cat lovers, perhaps between you it is possible to share responsibility and pool together funds to pay for food and vet bills. A safe place to shelter from the weather and dangers like free running dogs and cat "unfriendly" people should be provided, along with a constant supply of food and fresh water. In Spain, with the good weather conditions, cats living a free outside life have the best they can ask for. Important! Do not consider this option without castration.
In all cases of wanting to help, your first step should be to visit a vet together. Ask them to check for the presence of a microchip, look if he is castrated and give a general health check up. If castration has not been done, ask the vet to do this. To return a cat to the street uncastrated is not helping the overpopulation problem we fight.
We can recommend the following vets, listed on our "Supporting Vets" page.
A Mother Cat Appeared In My Garden With Her Kittens.
Whether you are on holiday or living in the property, you may find an unknown mother cat with her young on your property. We receive many calls from people in this situation.
The first thing we ask you to do is speak to your local neighbours and locate the owner. Once you are sure the cat has no home to return to, your choices are very few. If you do not take charge of this situation now, it will not go away, only get worse. Depending on the situation with the family and the age of the kittens, you have different options. Please call us for advice.
I Need To Leave Spain But Cannot Take My Cat With Me.
There should be no reason why you cannot take your cat with you. Having a pet is for life - a member of the family.
If you are returning to the UK, the good news is the 6 month quarantine period for rabies has been lifted. You can find out how to make the necessary arrangements through your vet.
Travelling through Europe is also easy, with the correct paperwork prepared in time you can travel without problems by car, plane and rail.
In extreme circumstances when you cannot keep your cat, you have various options. Firstly spend as much time as possible looking for a new safe, home with friends and family, both in your current area and in the area you are moving to. Put adverts in local newspapers and in communal areas like vets, shops, post office and supermarkets. When you have tried without a result, contact your local shelter for advice. Depending on the age, health and character of your cat, it may not be possible to find a new home through a shelter.
We can recommend a service who travel through Europe with cats and dogs. They are reliable, professional and fully licensed. Follow this link to visit their website: www.almerimarlifestrays.com