Finding a Lost Cat
On this page:
- MUSTER A MOB
- PRINT POSTERS
- SEARCH THE LOCAL AREA
- OTHER PET OWNERS
- LOCAL VETS AND ANIMAL POUNDS
- POST MISSING ADS
- NEVER QUIT
- FOUND PET
- CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGS
The gut wrenching pain and anxiety of realising your pet is missing can easily cause us to panic and waste valuable time when we should be trying to find our beloved cat.
As a Global Micro Gold Member you already have an advantage because within minutes of realising your pet is missing an alert with your contact details and information and a photo of your pet can be broadcast to vets, animal pounds, councils, Global Micro Spotters and others, not just in the area where your pet was last seen, but all adjoining suburbs and areas, even in country Australia.
Identifying the reason your pet has gone missing can help determine where they might be, but the important thing is to act quickly and don’t panic.
If you cat has run away due to fear it is likely to be in hiding, often in the area where it became scared. Check garages, sheds, and corners of your yard or under the house where it might have taken refuge. Don’t forget to check inside your house, it might be hiding under a bed, and if it’s scared it might not respond when called, no matter how responsive it might normally be.
If your cat was playing with another cat or chasing some prey it might have travelled a considerable distance and lost its way home. Cats have been known to travel considerable distances and can very quickly be some kilometres away.
And remember, be patient, it can take hours and even days to find our loved pet, but here is a systematic way of trying to reunite with your cat.
MUSTER A MOB: Gather as many family and friends as you can to help you search for your pet. If you have a regular pet sitter or a neighbour where pussy often visits contact them immediately to see if your pet has gone to them.
PRINT POSTERS: Before leaving home print off posters of your pet. As a Global Micro Gold Member you will already have a Lost Pet poster prepared. All you need do is check the details such as your phone number to make sure it is current and update where your pet was last seen.
If you can offer a reward, do so, but don’t make it too big a reward as this can make people think it is a highly valuable cat and they might be encouraged to keep you pet if they find it.
Don’t put your address on the Missing Pet poster. For safety and security only your first name, phone number and/or phone numbers of your friends should be on the poster.
Give copies of the posters to your family and friends as well as some thumb tacks or sticky tape so they can stick the lost posters on telegraph poles, noticeboards etc.
Put a poster in the rear window of all your family cars.
SEARCH THE LOCAL AREA: Divide the local search area up among your friends and family so that you can maximise the spread of your search. Remember, unlike dogs who will be at home in open spaces such as parks, cats tend to prefer more sheltered and protected spaces, so look in hidden corners and areas where a cat would feel secure.
While it has been known for cats to travel considerable distances, they are more likely to stay close to home. Unfamiliar places do not appeal to cats, and because of their agility they can hide in the most unexpected places, so nowhere should be off limits when looking for them.
If you have a Global Micro G-Paw device you will know where your cat normally goes.
If possible take a torch with you to check in dark areas and under buildings. Also take some of your pet’s favourite toys as these can be useful to attract your cat’s attention.
Once night comes cats often feel more comfortable in the dark and come out of their hiding place. So rattle their favourite toy or out food out for them when the sun has gone down to encourage them to come out of hiding.
Be liberal with your Lost Pet posters. Put them up on busy intersections and areas with high pedestrian traffic such as shopping centres, parks, beaches etc.
OTHER PET OWNERS: If you see other pet owners such as dog owners walking their pets, give them a Lost Pet poster and ask them to keep an eye out for your pet. By virtue of them being a pet owner they are likely to be sympathetic to your situation.
If you see young children out playing ask them, young boys and girls are often attracted to stray animals and might have seen your pet.
LOCAL VETS AND ANIMAL POUNDS: If you are not a Global Micro Gold Member contact all the vets, animal pounds and animal shelters in the area where your pet was last seen.
If you have a regular vet give their clinic a call and advise them that your pet is missing. They can make a note in their clinic records in case someone hands your pet in.
POST MISSING ADS: While newspapers carry missing pet ads, unless you are lucky it could be days or even a week before your ad is published. Websites such as Craig’s List and Gumtree allow free advertising and your ad is published immediately.
If you use any of the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. post a message and a photo of your missing cat on there. Ask your circle of friends to repost your message so it covers a wide area and increases the chance of your pet being found.
NEVER QUIT: Do not give up hope of finding your pet. Cats have been known to travel long distances and sometimes not show up for weeks. Check the areas where you have put up the Lost Pet posters and if necessary replace them or put up new posters.
Keep in touch with your vet and local animal pounds and councils. If they know your cat is missing and have a description of it they can quickly recognise it in case it gets handed in.
FOUND PET: Once you have been reunited with your pet let your local vet know. If you reported your pet as missing on Global Micro Animal Registry log in to your account and update your records to show your cat has been found.
It is also a good idea to take your pet to the vet for a check-over. They might have got into some mischief while they were missing, picked up something nasty like a tick or have some cuts or injuries you might not notice.
CHECK YOUR SURROUNDINGS: If you pet escaped from your yard or house check all the perimeter fences, gates and doors to make sure they are secure and your loved puss can’t escape again.