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All cats and kittens in our care are microchipped and neutered before re-homing. We strongly advise you to do the same with your cat(s).
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Microchips
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Microchipping is a virtually painless procedure where a tiny chip, no larger than a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin at the back of a cats neck. This chip contains a unique number which can be read using a handheld scanner. All veterinary practices and cat rescue organisations routinely scan any cats brought to them as strays. Even cats reported as stray can be scanned in the environment in which they are reported as being seen, without having to take them into care.

If microchipped, the veterinary practice or rescue service are able to look up the owner's details registered against the microchip number on the microchip database. So even if your cat has hitched a lift in a removals van and ended up on the other side of the country, their home can be immediately identified and the owners contacted. Without a microchip, finding a cat's owner is as much down to luck as anything else.

Make sure you get the microchip database updated with your new details if you move house or change your telephone number.

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Neutering
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Neutering a cat is a simple procedure and financial help towards the cost is offered by some cat welfare organisations. At certain times of year, all cat rescue organisations get a large influx of unwanted pregnant cats and families of kittens with or without the mother cat. This is obviously a huge drain on time, resources and cash which diverts attention from the everyday work we do. If more cats were neutered, the problem of so many cats having multiple litters and the detrimental effect this has on them would be eradicated. The number of kittens being given away to unsuitable homes by the mother cat's owners or indeed just abandoning them is a real problem, one which could be solved if the owners took the responsible step of neutering their cats.

PLEASE get your cat neutered, both for its own sake and the sake of the unwanted kittens that an un-neutered cat will produce.

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Settling cats into their new home
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Obviously, every cat and kitten has its own personality, likes and dislikes. Some cats settle into their new surroundings very quickly and with ease whilst others may not be as confident and take a bit longer. During this settling in time, it is important that you allow your cat to take things at their own speed as they get used to the new people in their lives, the sights, smells and any other pets you may have. On occasion a cat may suffer a bit of an upset stomach which will usually be down to stress and/or a change in diet. Although this is generally nothing to worry about and an adult cat will settle after a couple of days, a kitten will need to be watched carefully as they can de-hydrate quickly and reach a critical condition within hours. If you are at all concerned, an immediate visit to the vet will be essential to ensure your kitten's wellbeing.

Kittens should be kept indoors until they have had their injections and been neutered. Older cats should not be allowed outside for at least four weeks. This enables them to get used to the sights and smells of their new environment and makes them more able to return to their new home when out exploring their new-found territory.

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Missing cats
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Please be aware that cat rescue services in the UK only have a legal obligation to keep a cat in care for 7 days before being permitted to offer the cat for adoption.

If a cat has been microchipped, when found it can be returned home immediately. It is essential that you update you details with the microchip company if you move house or change telephone numbers otherwise even with the microchip, it may still be impossible to reunite you with your cat.

If your cat has gone missing from home we advise the following:
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img Get in touch with all the vets and cat rescue organisations in your area, or the area in which you lost the cat if you were away from home when the cat went missing. We can provide these details for the Lincoln area.
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img Put up 'missing posters' in the local shops and if possible, around your local area. Also check these places for 'cat found' posters. Local radio stations will also often put out 'cat missing' notices. Also place adverts in local press and internet services.
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img Tell as many local people as possible that your cat is missing and show or give them a photograph. Quite often the cat will not stray very far from where it was lost. Putting flyers through local letterboxes could also help.
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img If you have had your cat microchipped make sure your contact details are up to date with your microchipping company.

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Found cats
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Please be aware that cat rescue services in the UK only have a legal obligation to keep a cat in care for 7 days before being permitted to offer the cat for adoption.

If you find a cat you think is a stray we advise the following:
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img If the cat seems in good health, it may live locally and is just wandering around a larger area. Do not assume every new cat you see is a stray. It could just be that a neighbour has a new cat. Keep an eye on it and if its health does not appear to deteriorate then the chances are it is not a stray.
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img If you are still worried about the cat, we can come out and scan it for a microchip which could confirm its home.
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img Putting ads in local shops and on this or other cat welfare charities' websites may prompt the owners to come forward.
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img Advertising a found cat is free in the local press and is often the first place owners of missing cats will look.
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img Putting flyers through doors in your local area may 'find' the owner.
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img If all else fails and you are convinced the cat is stray, or it is definitely deteriorating in health, get in touch with us or any other cat welfare organisation to take the cat into care.
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img Again, if the cat is microchipped, the owner can usually be found quite easily and reunited with their cat.

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Feral cats
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Most feral cats were once either a domestic pet or are a descendent of domestic cats that have learnt to fend for themselves. Feral colonies live quite happily together and there are people who kindly feed them and keep an eye on their health.

Sometimes however, if a feral has a litter of kittens or is in poor health the mother cat and kittens will need to be taken into care to get the medical attention needed. In this event we have humane traps we use to catch them that can be left in any location to work unattended. These would need to be monitored on a regular basis. Once caught, the cats can be taken into care and looked after. Feral cats can sometimes be re-domesticated or they can be returned to live outside. Each feral cat is assessed on an individual basis dependant on its needs.