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How to Rehome an Unwanted Cat

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 22 Feb 2024 | 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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Grace - 11-Feb-21 @ 10:29 AM
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Nikita - 8-Nov-20 @ 5:36 PM
I have an 18 year old cat that I need to re home as I'm emigrating end of Dec. I saw a few people interested in older cats but I'm not sure how to respond
Nik - 8-Nov-20 @ 5:32 PM
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Maz - 1-Nov-20 @ 12:16 AM
Hi I have 3 cats I love them all very much but my older cat keeps attacking the smaller cat and sometimes bits me if I don't pay her attention I really don't want to rehome her but if this continues I may have to can someone give me some advice please thanks
Jules - 16-Oct-20 @ 8:42 PM
Hi, i have 4years old cat. But i can't keep her anymore.. I split up with my boyfriend and he refuses to keep her at home and im living at the moment with friend which one doesn't want her. ?? She is black with a bit of ginger short hairs.
Augustina - 9-Oct-20 @ 11:00 AM
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Rei - 11-Sep-20 @ 4:00 PM
Hello I have a butiful female cat, she is sweet well behaved and loving. Bengal mixed very clever. Girl is three years old looking for her forever loving home. Fully house trained, she loves being outside. House move forces to re-home my cat. Thanks for your interest.
Blu - 17-Jul-20 @ 7:53 AM
I have a beautiful small sweet tabby she is spayed and chipped. She is very loving but very unhappy I have a labrador that she doesn't like so won't come into the house but we have new neighbours with a dog that barks at her and an unfriendly cat that attacks her at the top if the road. She needs a loving home without threats she deserves so much more. Can anyone without dogs offer her a forever home?
molly - 16-Jul-20 @ 8:25 PM
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miss D - 7-Jul-20 @ 10:01 AM
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Hi My partner is looking for a new home for his cat we both have moved in together but I have a wee boy who is 7 and the cat is hissing n trying to attack him all the time . She is 2 but she’s very unsociable and hates kids . My number is 07306 010717 please call me if anyone can give her a loving home . Thanks Gayle
Moussa - 24-May-20 @ 9:07 PM
Trying to find somewhere to take my cat as being evicted from my home he's 17 years old, think he's a bit deaf,loves a fuss and his food but chills out most of the time cause of his age if anyone can help I'd be very grateful.
lou - 28-Jan-20 @ 8:36 PM
I am being evicted from my home and can no longer have my cat. He’s around 7 months old, fluffy, black and white and playful but timid and loves attention and cuddles! He takes a while to adjust as he was a rescue cat but once he knows you he won’t stop with the cuddles! He’s been neutered, regularly flead and wormed but yet to microchip him. It’s sad that it’s come to this but I want a loving home for him and hope to find one through this site.
P - 14-Jan-20 @ 4:48 PM
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Laura - 17-Dec-19 @ 8:57 AM
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Bex - 13-Nov-19 @ 2:33 AM
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Val - 25-Oct-19 @ 1:53 PM
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Pd - 23-Oct-19 @ 9:57 AM
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Anderson - 21-Aug-19 @ 11:43 PM
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