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How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 13 Nov 2019 | 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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Hi I have a 9 year old cat that we rescued last year, we have tried really hard but he won't get on with our other cats or the dog and we need to find him a new home. He is neutered and is ginger and white and his name is spike. He will need to go to a home with no other animals. If you can help please get in touch.
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Pd - 23-Oct-19 @ 9:57 AM
I have a lovely little kitten who desperately needs a new home. I've had to suddenly move home and they don't allow any animals but they've given me a week to re-home her. She's just gone 2months old, black and white kitten. Very playful and needs a lot of attention. If interested please give me a call 07561798544 Thank you! Karolina
Karolina - 29-Sep-19 @ 3:03 AM
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Anderson - 21-Aug-19 @ 11:44 PM
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Anderson - 21-Aug-19 @ 11:43 PM
I have a gorgeous grey and white girl cat who is 9 I need to re-home her asap as I'm going through some crisis myself and can no longer take care of her and it's not fair she needs someone who can give her the love and life I can't she has been spayed and neutered also chipped she is a shy skittesh cat that is indoor and she doesn't do well with other animals and young children not a cat that likes to much attention but a little pet here and there she is fine with please can someone give her a home 07508559571 is my number if you can give tootsie a home please
Tel - 16-Aug-19 @ 6:41 AM
Hi, I have a lovely cat named Luna who is nearly 5 years old. She is very independent and not one for many cuddles but likes to bring you the odd gift has her talkative times. She loves to chase little red lights and fast moving toys. Not one to interact with other animals but always been great with kids. Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, I now need to have a sterile environment in the home to facilitate treatment for a family member who is moving in and due to this change in circumstances I can no longer provide the loving home this beauty deserves. She has been spayed and is up to date with her injections, bit of a fussy eater and will regularly decide she no longer likes a specific food. Will break our hearts to see her go but I need to make this decision for the sake of someones very poor health and treatment. Thanks for reading.
Sammie - 23-Jul-19 @ 1:24 PM
hey, i have a 11 year old black cat that i can no longer look after. as i have become homeless and i cant keep the cat to stay with me. he loves kids and other animals he is normally indoors but he can go out but he don't always come back the same day thats the thing.half the time he will just sleep. but he does love to play with them stick ropes.. please i cant see me cat die because of me... if interested please call. 07732819781.. thank you.
stefan - 21-Jun-19 @ 7:25 PM
I have 2 cats a boy and a girl, I need to rehome as they are attacking my son, I can no longer look after them. One of them has a bad eye but is perfectly fine and his eye gets worse when you put drops in and has been tested for cat diseases which he doesn’t have
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Looking to rehome my 2 cats a male and female as can no longer afford to keep them after loosing my job, both are lovely and love cuddles. The male can be quiet timid at first so need to be patient with him and both would suit a home with children. Want them both to go to a loving and happy home. Please contact me if interested 07864383593. Thanks
Loui - 28-May-19 @ 8:54 PM
I'm looking to rehome my cat shadow he is 6years old. Recently found out that my grandson has cat fur allergy. So I can no longer keep him. He would suit a loving family who have young children as he is a home cat doesn't go far . Cardiff area
Lis - 22-May-19 @ 2:43 PM
I have a 4year old female cat. Her name is willow.Unfortunately I can no longer care for her. I have among other health problems,rheumatoid arthritis which is getting worse. Before I got Ill I took in a badly abused chihuahua & they hate each other.So iv had to make a hard decision to rehome 1. Willow has been spayed, she's up to date with her injections & flea/worm treatments.She is very independent & prefurs to be outside.We are in Sheffield. Please call 07413 918515
MrsMak - 21-May-19 @ 7:50 PM
I have a 2 year old black cat, a boy named pepsi, needs rehoming as I have become allergic since being pregnant and the smell of cat pee/poo is making me sick, he loves kids and attention, not sure what he's like around other cats as he's a house cat, does not like the hoover loves cat lasers and toys please message me on 07711141122 thankyou x
Annie - 16-May-19 @ 6:05 PM
I have 3 cats and 1 kittens that 5 months old and 3 kittens that are 4 weeks old I need to rehome them as the cancill have said they have to go allso I am moving and I cannot take them with me as new cancill do not allow pets at new house so need to go ASAP i very sad that they have to go put can't do any think about it
N/A - 14-May-19 @ 10:15 AM
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Jan - 22-Apr-19 @ 12:38 PM
I have one male cat he’s 2yrs old but need to have him rehomed as my 5yr old has a fear of cats and having to keep him in dining room need him to go to a loving home as it’s not fair on him he’s being chipped and had all his injections he’s had snip at the moment he’s got staples in belly due to he went out and got caught on barb wire he’s under a vet
Ade - 29-Mar-19 @ 10:52 AM
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Natp - 20-Mar-19 @ 8:43 PM
Hi I have a 7 year old outdoor male blue cat I need rehoming sadly we have been advised to from my husband's doctor as he is allergic, he would be more suitable in a child free house as he does not like my grandchildren, from Newcastle upon tyne
Crull - 11-Feb-19 @ 3:25 PM
O have three adult cats and two kittens I need to re home as I am not allowed them anymore any interest please message me
Louise Villiers - 18-Jan-19 @ 9:10 AM
I am looking ro rehome our lovely boy Oliver. We have had him for 8 years. He is approx14 years old (he was a rescue cat) we sadly cannot take him to our new home. He is a lovely old boy, he spends most of his time snoozing and doesnt go far from the house. He would suit a family with none or older children. we need to make sure he goes to a loving home. Herefordshire area
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I have a 8 month old male cat called Oliver we need to find him a new home as he is not getting on with my two year old and scratching and biting her face. He’s a lovely boy but my daughter is very feisty and won’t leave him alone. 07596148600 Shropshire area
Claudia Heath - 10-Dec-18 @ 6:15 PM
I have to find new homes for my 3 11 month old cats, 2 boys 1 female Ifeel they would be happier separated as they fight a lot, my job keeps me away from the house for very long hours every day and I feel so guilty that they have hardly any interaction from me If anyone can help please get in touch Thank you Lisa x
Lisa - 29-Nov-18 @ 8:59 PM
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
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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
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