Video thumbnail, Bowie the cat at The Mayhew animal rehoming centre
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Just like his namesake, Bowie is popular.

He’s a gorgeous chunky boy who was handed over to the RSPCA in January as a stray.

Although he was shy at first, he’s developing into a friendly, affectionate cat who now has the staff at the rehoming centre eating out of his hand.

Bowie was fortunate to find a place in a rehoming centre. The number of stray cats is increasing and spaces are limited.

If you’ve found a cat you think may be a stray, here are some important things to remember.

Firstly, it might not be a stray, so ask around and put up notices to see if people know who owns the cat.

Make a paper collar and write a message on it with your phone number asking the owner to call you if the cat is theirs. Secure the ends with a small piece of sticky tape (don’t put tape round the whole collar as this can be dangerous if the cat gets caught up).

You can download a collar template from the RSPCA website. Be careful applying it.

If the cat can be transported safely, take the cat to a vet to be scanned for a microchip. Also register the cat on Lost and Found lists.

If the owner can’t be traced and you can’t keep the cat yourself, contact a reputable rescue centre to see if they can take the cat – and that brings us back to Bowie.

If you can give this lovely boy a home, he’s waiting for you at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, Southall.

Creative competition

There is still time to enter the fantastic competition sponsored by the Mayor of Ealing and the charity Save the Asian Elephants (founded by a local lawyer).

The competition highlights, in a gentle way, the cruel treatment of the highly endangered Asian elephants and how they can be protected.

It’s open to all primary schools in the Borough of Ealing and there are categories for Reception through to Years 5 and 6.

Children are encouraged to be creative by submitting either a piece of artwork (such as a drawing or sculpture) or creative writing (prose or poetry) under the appropriate title for their school year.

The closing date is March 4. For details email