Stray Cats

The Manawatu, Feilding and Districts SPCA works with limited resources therefore it is our policy that any healthy lost/stray adult cats are first attempted to be reunited with their owners, whilst temporarily remaining in the area where they were found. It makes it far less stressful for the cats and their owners and allows Manawatu, Feilding and Districts SPCA to focus its resources on sick and injured animals and cruelty prevention.  It is also law under the Animal Welfare Act that reasonable steps must be taken to identify the owner of the animal.

Some cats have large territories and are very bold and friendly.  Just because a cat hangs around and is friendly does not mean that it is lost. If you feed the cat, it is very likely to hang around more and you could end up playing a part in someone losing a beloved pet.  Please also be aware that people can go on holiday and leave their cats with a feeder. These cats might be lonely and hang around more often than usual.

The steps described below are a very good way to identify whether a cat is owned or not.

Any local vet or SPCA can scan the cat for a microchip and, if present, use the information to make contact with the owner. It does not cost you anything to have a cat checked for a microchip.

Websites commonly used by pet owners around the country are:

www.petsonthenet.co.nz  using the ‘advanced search’ tab allows you to search all the listings in the Manawatu region.
www.trademe.co.nz
using the ‘pets and animals’ and ‘lost and found’ tabs allow you to search the listings in the Manawatu region.

You can also create a ‘found’ listing for the cat you have found. This allows potential owners to look for their cat and contact you for more information.  You may wish to create ‘FOUND posters’ with your location, a brief description of the cat and your contact information.  A photo also helps and can be eye-catching. This can give good exposure for owners that aren’t internet savvy or may have given up looking for their pet. It also provides an opportunity for the owner’s friends and family to recognise the cat.

One of the most useful tools for helping find out whether a cat is owned and where it lives is the ‘paper collar’. If you would like a stray cat pack sent out to you which includes a paper collar with instructions for use, either call the centre on (06) 357 2516 or email [e-mail] and ask for a 'stray cat pack'.

Cats are attracted to specific properties by access to water, food, shelter, human attention and other entire (i.e. not de-sexed) cats.  If you can eliminate access to these things you may reduce your problem with cats visiting your property in the future.  If you have an issue with your cat fighting, it is your duty as a responsible pet owner to keep your cat indoors at night-time or when required to ensure its safety.

If you have been feeding any cat for a prolonged period of time, you have invited it into your life and your heart and we will ask you to play an active role in its future care.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us on (06) 357 2516, or (06) 323 6407.
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