RSPCA Central, West & North East London

24-hour cruelty and advice line: 0300 1234 999

Advice: Healthy stray and feral cats

With healthy stray cats, it is important to establish that the cat is truly a stray. For more information on steps to follow when you find a stray cat, please click here.

Although the Emergency Fostering Unit has to prioritise those animals in most desperate need, please call us on 020 7 272 2264 and we will make arrangements to collect the cat as soon as possible and find it a new home wherever possible. Please be advised that this is an electronic voicemail service which is manned throughout the day. We aim to respond to all calls within 48 hours. Thank you for your patience.

If the stray is at risk of injury or starvation or does not have access to water, call our emergency line on 07710 294 180 (manned 9:30a.m to 6:00p.m Sun-Fri).

If you cannot catch the cat yourself, we have special humane trapping equipment. Ring us on 020 7 272 2264 (electronic voicemail) or email

It is really important to tell us as soon as possible about pregnant strays or mothers with kittens or strays that look bedraggled or dirty and are not coping or are otherwise in danger. If anyone is threatening the cats with harm, we need to know urgently. We will help you or advise you on where to find other help if we cannot help immediately. Kittens especially need immediate help because the risk from foxes is very great in London.

Feral cats that are breeding or causing a nuisance are generally un-neutered. We can humanely trap them and either return them neutered or re-site them via our feral re-siting programme in partnership with S.N.I.P (the Society for Neutering Islington’s Pussies), following which they¬† live out their life more peacefully and easily. Many homes found via S.N.I.P are extremely luxurious and most cats just can’t believe their luck! Please ring 020 7 272 2264 for assistance (electronic voicemail).

Please do not try to drive away a stray or feral cat asking for food or help. We will come as soon as we can. If you have helped the cat by providing food, water and shelter, it will be easier for us to locate it and provide help as the cat will be in a routine to trap at certain times of day.

If you would like to offer a permanent home to your stray, but are concerned about its health or that it is not neutered, we can make arrangements for the cat to be tested for feline viruses, neutered, treated for parasites and other problems and given the ‘all clear’ healthwise so that you can then adopt it and get it insured without facing an expensive vet bill at the outset. However, after adoption, the responsibility for the cat’s health and welfare will be yours.If you wish to adopt, you will be required to follow our standard adoption procedure.

For sick or injured stray animals, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and explain the exact location of the animal and the nature of the injury or illness so that an animal collection officer knows how urgent it is. However, this helpline cannot arrange collection of a healthy or uninjured stray.