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How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 27 Jul 2018 | comments*Discuss
How To Rehome An Unwanted Cat

Knowing how to rehome a cat is an important part of pet ownership. While all pet owners hope this is something that they won't need to face, knowing how to is helpful should the time come when a cat can no longer be cared for. There may be other times when helping another person rehome a cat is required and being able to give support at this difficult time is extremely useful.

Why Rehome a Cat?

There are times when sadly much loved cats can no longer be cared for. There are many reasons for this, a family might move to a new home that is unsuitable for cats or a family's circumstances might change. Older people sometimes find that they are no longer able to look after their pet as they would wish. Recognising when a cat can no longer be cared for and knowing how to rehome him is a responsible part of being a pet owner. Organisations and pet welfare centres, such as the RSPCA, will not judge a family because they can no longer look after a pet, instead they will recognise the difficult decision that has been made and help people through this difficult time. Pet welfare organisations will never put someone under pressure to keep a pet that they can no longer look after.

Finding a Suitable Rescue Centre

There are many different types of rescue centre in the UK. These include national organisations such as the RSPCA through to small, independent local animal shelters. Some centres specialize in different things, for instance some prefer to look after and rehome dogs whereas others rehome just cats. One of the best ways to find a rehoming centre is through word of mouth. Many people are delighted to share their experience of a rescue centre or animal shelter. This can be a great way to get a better insight into different organisations. A local vet will be also have information about rescue centres and shelters.

Important Information to Provide

When a cat is to be rehomed, the new family will welcome as much information as possible about their new pet. Therefore it is important to provide the centre with information such as the cat's date of birth, what vaccinations he has had, details of any illnesses, how the cat reacts to other pets and children and what his main likes and dislikes are. Anyone looking to rehome their much loved pet will want to be assured that he is going to a loving home where he will have a long and happy life, and therefore giving as much information as possible to the rescue centre will help a cat find a suitable new home into which he quickly integrates.

Alternatives to Rescue Centres or Animal Shelters

There are alternatives to rehoming a cat through a rescue centre or animal shelter. Adverts placed in local newspapers, in the windows of newsagents or at the vets can sometimes find a family that is looking to give a home to a cat. One important thing to consider, however, is that reputable animal rescue organisations such as the RSPCA interview prospective adopting families and carry out home visits. This provides an additional piece of reassurance when someone is looking to rehome a cat.

The most important thing to remember when rehoming a cat is that this is part of being a responsible pet owner. Rehoming a pet when it can no longer be looked after properly gives a much loved pet the opportunity for a long and happy life.

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I have 3 kitten that i need to rehome if anyone can help me that would be great they are 4 months old and they belonged to a friend that sadly passed away i can no longer have them as my 5 year old son with autism keeps pulling them about. It not fair on them
Soph - 27-Jul-18 @ 9:53 PM
@Tilly - there must be an underlying reason why she has become aggressive if she was not previously. In what way is she aggressive? Does she attack you? How does it manifest itself? She might be ill, in pain, or something.
LynnB - 19-Jul-18 @ 10:10 AM
I have a 3yr old feral female cat,, she had kittens 3months ago i have a male cat who has been done & the kittens have gone to new homes,, she has become very aggressive & i can't cope with her i have anxiety & im not comfortable around her anymore i really need to find someone to take her,, help me please
Tilly - 18-Jul-18 @ 10:18 AM
I have two female cats need to go together,they are tortoise shell 2 years old very friendly,unfortuantly my dogs are terrorising them 07754949916 if you can help
Charm - 4-Jun-18 @ 10:38 AM
We need to rehome our 11 year old female cat gizzy she's neutered and has a lovely nature and would make a lovely companion. We are unable to take her to our new home as they don't allow pets and we would rather her go to someone who will look after her. We just want to know she'll be ok. We are moving from North Tyneside in 3 1/2 weeks.
Peaky - 19-May-18 @ 6:28 PM
I have three cats aged 11 years old. I would love them to go together, they are outdoor cats and stay in the outhouse section of the house. I would like their last few years to be happy with someone who has large outdoor space and will love them. I am struggling with my health and have two dogs I feel I am being unfair in them being outside - although their chose any cat lovers - they are friendly but don’t like too much fuss. Honey - tortoise shell a grumpy old lady she could go to someone on her own Bluebell and coco - both beautiful cats back one long hair and one short hair must go together Boo - 2 years decided to join the cats outside and needs a home I feel very guilty and mean but feel it is best for them
Kp - 7-May-18 @ 6:35 PM
We have 2 cats that need a new home ASAP 1 is male and the other female, please can you help as they need to be rehomed within the next week
Stroud - 18-Feb-18 @ 2:01 PM
I would really like to find a new home for my cat. Recently split up with my wife and therefore nobody is home to look after him. I work 12 hours a day 7 days a week and can't leave him in house all day Xmas is coming and it is very cold. I don't want any money just need him to be looked after like he deserves. Please contact me on 07958571511 and we can arrange for you to collect him He is 6 years old
Tony - 3-Dec-17 @ 11:31 AM
I very much need to regime my 2 older cats 10 and 11 mother and sun they are very loved and loving and the boy very intelligent and loves a cuddle.I have asthma which was adult onset and was told during an attack that my cats are causing my symptoms to get worse.They need a lovely home ideally together but I'm sure they'd also thrive well separately
Vee - 30-Nov-17 @ 2:05 AM
@Lee 1 - can't anyone in your family take them? People don't think it through when they get pets and then have to abandon them. Perhaps you could put a post on Facebook to see if someone local can take them - it really is sad. The rescue homes are way too full of unwanted and abandoned cats :(
LoriB - 24-Oct-17 @ 3:54 PM
I am messaging on behalf of a family member. We are trying to find out information on rehoming cats. He has recently seperated from a long term partner, together they had 2 male cats. Unfortunately now, one has moved to a rental property where no pets are allowed and he works away and cannot care for the cats. He has contacted several homes with now with no one able to provide any help. We are concerned for the welfare of of the animals as theyou are soon likely to be left uncared for when he returns to work and no one else is able to provide any help.
Lee 1 - 24-Oct-17 @ 10:31 AM
I have just been told I have got copd I gave a Turkish van cat he's ginger and white nice big cat only likes whiskers wet meet and whiskers biscuits I do how ever need to fine him a home as it's affecting my breathing if you are interested plz call my mobile 07864091826 carry box bed lots of cat food all free to whoever wants him he's called rocky
Rocky - 29-Sep-17 @ 8:26 PM
Hi i have 2 cats i need to rehome.one is a white female15yrs old and an indoor cat. The other is around male 7yrs black and white. Both have been neutered. They are loving cats but are suffering due to my depression and anxiety. Would like for them to go to loving homes with people who will spend time with them.
Sonnut - 26-Sep-17 @ 2:21 PM
It is with great sadness I seek help in re homing my two 14 year old cats. They are from the same litter, one ginger and one black with a white bib. Both friendly, like to be stroked and picked up and settling on laps. Neutered and inoculated. Please help I need to rehome them within the next four weeks
Flower - 26-Sep-17 @ 9:58 AM
Good Morning, I have two cat that need rehoming due to unforeseen circumstances. I have a female tabby called Marley she is 2 years old. She is very small and petite and people always think she is a kitten . She is mild mannered and will either sit on your lap or do her own thing. She is happy inside or outside. We also have a black and white male cat who is 1 years old . His name is Oreo . He has been neutered and micro chipped. He is happy just cuddling up on his own or with Marley. He will let you know when he wants attention. Again he's happy either outside or inside. They both eat any brand of food as long as it's gravy based.
Redzindie - 26-Sep-17 @ 7:37 AM
I have a black male cat has been spayed.Hes old at 10 and a half years.I am moving into a top floor flat and am not allowed to have a pet.I have tried numerous cat rescue centres some can't take him and some have a list of many months waiting time.Its hard for my cat and myself but I have no alternative but to move into my new home. My family don't want a cat.I am now asking for any one out there who can care for him. He is very much an outdoor cat but does like to be in at times especially when its really cold.I had thought of this before my move but I am having no luck.I just dont know what to do next. Any advice would be appreciated too.
ninetyone - 11-Sep-17 @ 9:04 PM
Could anyone out there in the Tamworth area take in an elderly cat please (16yrs) as I'm having a nervous breakdown and can no longer care for her.
Tabby - 6-Sep-17 @ 3:25 PM
Help as I need to find somewhere tonight for my kittens as I canno longer look after my two brothers. I've had them microchipped and had all their injections, flead abc wormed.Disability and having to move again and as they're brothers obviously need to be kept together bug my current place which we've only just moved into is way to small for them as they play and fight a lot and r usually very energetic that the space is just st too small and with another move looming as the council placed us in a very unsafe place that they've agreed that I need to b moved to more suitable accommodation that is safe and at the he moment is not safe. Please can anyone help. Will provide all new scratches and toys and everything if theirs down to a posh toilet snd they r 2 black 5 month old kittens. Please help urgently
Shanks - 2-Aug-17 @ 9:40 PM
I need to get rid of my car as moving tomorrow
nicki - 1-Aug-17 @ 6:24 PM
I have a 10 month old cat that needs a new loving home due to myself having health issue and not being able to look after her. Very friendly and great with all ages.
jay - 30-Jul-17 @ 11:13 AM
I have 2 beautiful cats I've got to rehome as I'm ill and can't look after them any more Poppy is 2 black n white shes a lap cat Pebbles is 3 n ginger she love go go out I go in hospital on Monday for 1month because of my illness so I need help asap please can anyone help me feeling very heart broken x
Tina Davey - 22-Jul-17 @ 9:40 AM
I have to cats brothers about 4 years old , well look after , great with kids. I've sold my house because a marriage break up and my ex said she was taking them for the kids, however she has changed her mind. Because I'll be renting I can't keep them.
Simon - 19-Jul-17 @ 9:02 AM
I have a 5 year old cat who needs a very special home. Seeking a kind,caring, patient and loving person to rehome my rescued cat Mai Mai. Due to a change in circumstance I cannot look after her and provide the loving home she needs. Mai is an indoor cat, never been outside due to previous owners living three floors up in a flat. She does not get on with other cats and has never met a dog in her life. She can be very feisty but given time and patience she can be very loving, on her terms. Mai would be better with a small family as she does not like a lot of noise and no children. We seek someone with cat experience and a calm nature with a lot of patience. Not asking a lot then!!
Charlie - 4-Jul-17 @ 11:18 PM
Please help I am desperate to rehome my Nan and grandad cat unfortunately my Nan and grandad have passed away within 5 weeks off each other the funeral is on Friday for my grandad and the council are pushing for the property back and we have been trying for almost a month now when my Nan passed I have tried every organisation I can think off and are now getting desperate I have tried friends family and colleagues and don't know what to do anymore.
mel - 20-Jun-17 @ 4:33 PM
Hi there it's sad to say but I have two cats one male one female the female cat is call tiggywho is a tabby I have her for over10 years now and the male cat was born end of October 2016 his name is poppy a black and grey catthey get on well together the male cat has got all his injections and also microchip as I can't keep them both I would love for them to have a new home for both together as they are well together it's sad to give them away but I have no choice just a loving home for my cats
Phill - 3-Jun-17 @ 3:58 PM
Have a seven month old white female cat.she belongs to my grandaughter who now lives with me. Our other cat Loki hates her .poor Loki is spending more and more time outside.it's not fair on her poor thing.we have a dog too so she is used to dogs and other cats .she like cuddles and is very playful.she has not been neutered as cant afford it.am disabled so neex help asap.
Carol andrews - 25-May-17 @ 11:11 AM
We have the most lovely small black & white kitten called Bella. We got her in December so she is now 6-7 months old. We have always had cats and never had a problem before but my older cat keeps attacking lovely Bella. We have tried everything but to no avail and I have now been advised to rehome her to stop her getting attacked. We live in Somerset. She is the most loveliest friendly kitten but is scared now of my other cat. I just want her to have a loving home.
Rach - 15-May-17 @ 3:43 PM
I have a cat that needs to be re homed as it keeps going for my 3 year old little boy and myself
Ky - 24-Mar-17 @ 2:31 PM
@Bita - a cat is not just for the easy times - you have to take the rough too. I don't understand how people can just discard animals because of an issue that can be resolved. Ask the vet what to do, contact the owner and ask them to the neuter the cat, if the cat is stray ask the RSPCA or local cats home to neuter it, you can also buy sprays that will discourage the other cat.
Angry from Sussex - 22-Mar-17 @ 2:39 PM
I have a chatty indoor cat , she is really lovely but as a Tomcat in our neighborhood sprays by the entrance door and stimulates my cat wee on the doormat. We have no time to spend on this issue. She is 14 years , long haired black and whit cat, chatty and lovely. she is fine with living with other cats, neutered. Please contact me if anyone is interested. We live in Wokingham-Berkshire.
Bita - 22-Mar-17 @ 1:01 PM
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