Found a cat/kittens
If you find a cat or kitten, there are several things you can do to help find the cat’s owner or provide the cat with the opportunity for a new home. If you believe you found a lost cat, be sure to check lost/found listings.
Found an adult cat »
Found a kitten(s) »
Found an adult cat:
- First, determine if the cat is a stray cat or feral cat. Feral cats should not be taken to shelters, please visit the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon website for information about feral cats.
- Take the cat to your veterinarian to scan for a microchip. Also, have your veterinarian estimate an age for the cat.
- File a found pet report with your local county control agency.
- Put up signs in your neighborhood – if you live in/near apartment complexes, leave a flyer with the manager.
- Check and post lost/found pet ads in newspapers, on craigslist, and on other online lost/found pet listings.
- Walk around your neighborhood and talk to neighbors who might know the cat.
- Dial into the power of your social network. Post information on your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. pages to spread the word about a found cat.
- If you found a lactating female cat, please do not remove her or confine her to a cage or trap. Try to find her kittens as well since separating them can be harmful to both kittens and mama cat.
- If there is no microchip and no response to found pet posts, stray cats should be taken to your local county animal control agency, as that is where owners will look first. Find the animal control agency closest to you by either looking in the phone book or checking our online list of animal shelter agencies.
- The Cat Adoption Team does not accept incoming cats or kittens without an appointment. Please see our information about how to re-home a cat/kitten through CAT.
Found a kitten(s):
When you come across outdoor kittens, you may feel the need to immediately pick them up and bring them home with you, but that might not be the best thing for the kittens – or for you. Here are some guidelines to help you determine the best option.
- Most kittens are not abandoned by their mother. Before you move the kittens, read this information about what to do when you find kittens outdoors.
- Be sure to keep the mom and kittens together; separating them can cause problems for both kittens and mama.
- Feed the mama cat and make sure she has access to fresh water.
- Never confine a lactating female cat to a cage or trap—her kittens need to feed every few hours.
- If you cannot find the mama cat, read through this information about how to care for newborn kittens and neonatal kitten care.
- If you wish to socialize and care for the kittens yourself, please consider this information from Alley Cat Allies about what it takes to care for very young and/or feral kittens. You may also find these Orphaned Kitten Care: How-To Videos helpful.
- Contact CAT at (503) 925-8903 for more information on what you can do and to find out if CAT has space to take the kittens into our shelter. We take in cats and kittens by appointment only as space allows.
These online resources are to assist pet owners and animal caregivers. The contents of external websites are beyond CAT’s control. CAT accepts listings to these web pages complementary to its mission statement and reserves the right to refuse or remove any listings that are not in line with CAT’s mission.