Helpful Tips on How to Find Lost Cats

You came home to find your cat missing in action, and you can’t find any trace of him anywhere. Now what do you do? When it comes to finding lost cats or indeed, lost animals of any kind—the first thing you should do is to keep calm. Giving in to your panicked feelings will not help you think clearly as to what your next steps should be. You’re also bound to make more mistakes when you’re in a nervous state. 

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Let’s do this together: take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Repeat the process a few more times. Feeling better? Great.

Now that you’ve calmed yourself down, here are some tips you can follow on finding lost cats.

How to Find Lost Cats

1. First you need to set up a comfortable spot for your cat to return to should he ever find his way back home again. Take a big cardboard box that you no longer have any use for and cut out a hole in it. Place some bedding inside and make it a safe, cozy place for your cat to return to. Also, make sure you place some food and water right near the box so in case your cat returns, he will have something to eat and drink.

2. Sometimes, your cat is not so much lost as he is just exploring his environment. Lots of felines like to skulk around their neighborhood. The ideal time to look for your cat is during the nighttime when the entire neighborhood is asleep. If we were to choose an exact hour, it would be around two o’clock in the morning. Take a flashlight and some food with you, such as an open can of cat food or a treat bag. Shake the food around while you search around your neighborhood and quietly call out the name of your cat. You’d be surprised at how effective this technique is. Sound travels more quickly in the dead of night, so don’t be shocked when you discover your cat appearing within minutes of being called.

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3. If the above technique doesn’t work, then you will have to get busy in making fliers and posters. Include important information in your flier such as the breed and age. Do not forget to include a recent photo of your pet. You can go around your neighborhood and post them on bulletin boards, local shops, vet clinics, animal supply stores, and on telephone poles. Make sure you post them at eye level so people can easily see them. Whatever you do, you should not stuff them into mailboxes as you might get into trouble with your neighbors for that. You might also want to consider offering a reward, if you’re up to it and you can afford shelling out the money. However, be careful of scammers as some people mind call you pretending they have your pet when they don’t. In such cases, make sure to ask about any identifying marks that only you as the pet’s owner would know.

4. Go around your neighborhood and broadcast the loss of your pet. As a start, you can go to the local newspaper office and publish a lost ad for your pet. You can also get in touch with the local radio stations; you will find that a lot of them are willing to give you airtime for a public service ad, all at no cost. You can also go around the vet clinics or animal shelters in your area. If a stranger came across your pet, there’s a chance he might have surrendered it to a shelter or a clinic.

5. Make sure you remove roadkill and take it someplace safe. If your cat is just around your neighborhood, he might get curious about the dead animal that’s on the road and end up becoming roadkill himself.

6. Keep repeatedly searching around your community, even in places you’ve already looked. Note that your cat is bound to move around a lot. He might have gone back to a particular place you searched before.

7. Talk to your neighbors about your loss. These people can not only help you in your search but they can also give you crucial information. For instance, some of them might have sighted your cat in their walks around the neighborhood.

The above tips are useful for when you’ve lost your cat already, but what should you do to prevent such an incident from ever happening in the first place? Here are some more helpful tips—this time for prevention.

Precautionary Measures

1. Cat-proof your home. One major reason why cats often get away is because they can find doorways or opening through which they can slink and get to the outside world. To prevent this, make sure you close all doors leading to the outdoors and seal up all openings.

2. Microchip your pet. This is a small chip made of semiconducting material on which you can encode important information regarding your pet such as his unique ID code and your name and contact details as his owner. When a lost cat gets rescued by a shelter or clinic, they normally check for microchips. If they find one, they get in touch with the owner. But make sure you register your pet in a database and regularly update his information; otherwise, that microchip will be useless.

3. Invest in a GPS tracker. This device will do a lot toward easing your worries if your pet does get lost as it can detect and track his exact geographical whereabouts in real time. This way, even if your cat wanders, you will know where he is at all times and you can always recover him yourself at any time. But that’s not all that such a device can do as it can also monitor the health condition and vital stats of your pet. It will instantly alert you if your pet has a high heart rate or is feeling ill. When it comes to finding lost pets, time is of the essence, and a GPS tracker can help you with that. 

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