Rehoming a cat

Cats are curious creatures who love space and exercise. You understand that, but does the potential new owner?

Read our tips below...

Are they up to the task?

Different breeds of cat need different things. And they have different personalities. Ask the potential new owner lots of questions. Make sure they're the right person to take on your pet.

Tell them about what your cat likes and needs, and how much it will cost to keep them healthy and happy. Pay attention to the person's questions and reactions. If they don't seem interested in the health and happiness of your cat, then wait for the right person who will give your dog the love and attention they deserve.

Health comes first

Think about neutering your cat before you sell them. It can reduce their urine marking and roaming. Plus, females won't get so much unwanted attention from tomcats, become pregnant or have false pregnancies. This also reduces the risk of both sexes getting some cancers.

Make sure you tell the potential owner about the cat's health and medical history, too.

Get the paperwork ready

When you find the perfect new owner, remember to hand over all the documents they'll need, like vet records medical history, including vaccination certificate and records of worming and flea treatment. Ensure that registration papers, the parents' hereditary disease screening certificates and microchip documentation are in order.

Meet the family

Let all members of the potential new family meet the cat, so you know that the cat gets on with all members. You’ll also know that you're not dealing with an unscrupulous individual.

You can say no

You don’t have to let your cat going to the first person who shows an interest. Take your time finding the right home for your cat – you can say no to anyone who views him. Knowing your cat will have a happy and healthy life with his new owners is your priority when finding a new home.

Take and share great photos of your cat

Help a future owner to fall in love with him or her with realistic photos. Show your cat in their natural environment, prowling, scratching or just having fun.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your cat on our site, take a look at our pets posting rules for details about what you can and can't do.

Our Partners

At Gumtree we take animal welfare very seriously.

We work with a number of animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, and we are an active member of the Pets Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG). PAAG is made up of animal welfare groups, vets and online classified sites, all working together to promote responsible pet advertising. Our shared goal is that all animals advertised for sale online are advertised legally and ethically.

For more information on PAAG or advice on buying a pet online, you can visit their site:

A fresh start in life

There are thousands of wonderful animals in the UK looking for a new start. A number of charities advertise these pets on Gumtree, but you can also visit PAAG member sites directly.