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If you want to help unowned cats then you have come to the right place!

Welcome to International Cat Care’s Unowned Cats section.

iCatCare has created Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats to support those who work on the front line in helping unowned cats with information and guidance all in one place. It has been carefully collated, gathering together iCatCare’s feline expertise and great things from other organisations working with unowned cats.

We all need to help each other and, in this difficult area, to be able to see things from the cat’s point of view and understand how the experience is affecting each cat. All cats are different and iCatCare hopes to help you to feel equipped to make decisions and achieve the best outcome for each cat’s welfare.

Together, with this resource, we can evolve our practice and put cats at the forefront. By providing Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats we can ensure that every cat’s individual needs are met.

Take our free, certified course ‘Bringing Cat Friendly Solutions for Unowned Cats to Life’. Get started by clicking the button below. This is a prerequisite for our transformational Becoming a Cat Friendly Homing Centre course, with the next programme starting in February 2022.

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“The website has a strong practical feel to it. We love how the site includes layers so you can easily access more information if you want to but if you want to cover the area in a more superficial way it is easy to do that too. Well done for a great set of resources”

Suzanne Rogers
Co-Director Human Behaviour Change for Animals CIC


”…I think the resources are brilliant and very comprehensive.”

Dr Maggie Roberts BVM&S MRCVS
Director of Veterinary Services
Cats Protection


“Congratulations on the new web resources. I’ve read through the content and it’s really excellent. It is an extremely valuable resource and I’ll absolutely be sharing it with anyone I feel would benefit from it.” 

Harry Eckman

Change For Animals Foundation

Co-founder and CEO, Portugal


“I think it’s a brilliant and very much needed resource.”

Alice Potter BSc (Hons) MSc

Scientific Officer, Companion Animals

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals , UK


“Congratulations on a great product after some years of deep thinking!”

Dr Elly Hiby 

International Companion Animal Management Coalition Director

Independent consultant 

Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs Board of Directors Chair, UK


“I am astonished by the amount of helpful and vital information and knowledge it includes! And not only that – it is processed into very comprehensive and accessible form and so I would call it an ingenious work – very well done!”

Noema Gajdoš Kmecová DVM. PhD, Applied Research Centre, University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice, Slovakia.


“What a massive achievement. Sending you a tremendous, heartfelt well done, with an enormous amount of gratitude attached for all I have learned from you, and how much that has impacted Battersea cats, on this journey.”

Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Cattery, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, UK


“iCatCare’s resources relating to unowned cats are clearly laid out and easy to read and will be an excellent resource for all of those working with unowned cats. Veterinary professionals, shelter workers, foster carers and all of those with an interest in unowned cats will find the information extremely useful. There is useful guidance on assessing cats ability to cope in the rehoming centre (using a traffic light assessment tool), deciding which cats are suitable for rehoming as pets versus those where alternative options (such as rehoming to a farm) will be best, checklists for admission of unowned cats to a rehoming centre, and so much more. The information is referenced with further reading and supplementary videos, questionnaires and checklists. There is helpful advice on settling in newly rehomed cats to their new house and some lovely testimonials relating to cats experiencing alternative rehoming options. Importantly there is a great deal of empathetic and supportive materials for those working with unowned cats who might at times feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities they face. Overall, this is a fantastic resource that merits bookmarking on your computer as a go-to reference site for issues relating to unowned cats and cat friendly homing.”

Dr Sarah Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS

CEO of Vet Professionals, UK


For those who work with unowned cats, we want to highlight the incredible work that you do to help them. We also want to show you that you’re not alone. There are so many of you working hard out there and it’s time to recognise your efforts! We’ve provided a world map that you can go into and point out your position. You may want to add a photo or a comment about your local community and all that you do to help unowned cats in your area. You may just want to say ‘hello’, so everyone knows you’re there for cats! We want to light up this map to celebrate locations and communities that take care of unowned cats.

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