5 Tips for Finding your Lost Cat!
5 Tips for Finding Your Lost Cat
Losing your cat can be a distressing experience that leaves you feeling helpless and desperate for their safe return. It is important to remain calm and hopeful and remember that there are a number of proactive steps you can take to improve your chances of being reunited with your kitty.
Here are 5 things you should do if your cat ever gets lost outside.
Tip 1 - Search Party
After thoroughly searching your own home (cats can be so sneaky in finding the smallest spaces to creep into and sleep), let all your neighbors know your cat is missing. Ask them to check in their garage, inside and under their vehicles, and in all the bushes around the perimeter of their property. Often lost cats have not strayed too far and are found in the general vicinity of your home.
Tip 2 - Visual Aids
Put up posters in your area with a photo of your kitty on it. If you can, offer a cash reward if anyone has any info or finds your cat.
Remember to leverage social media to help you in your search and put out a photo of your lost cat in any local neighborhood groups on social media.
Tip 3 - Microchip
If your cat has a microchip, call the company and report that your cat has gone missing.
If you cannot afford a microchip or for whatever reason prefer not to have one, consider getting your cat an ID collar with all your contact details on it. This is essential if your kitty regularly goes on adventures outside the home.
Tip 4 - Alert Local Animal Rescue
Be sure to call your local animal shelter, SPCA, or the humane society in your area and report your kitty missing. You can also find out if they have had any intakes of a cat that matches your baby’s description.
Tip 5 - Put out Food, Water, and Scented Belongings
Be sure to put out food and water for your cat in case they return while you are not at home. It is also a good idea to put out their bedding and litter box too. The scents from their personal belongings can help them to navigate their way back home to you.
If you have a “Harry Houdini”, it is wise to consider only taking them out whilst wearing a harness. This way you can be sure they are always safe while outdoors.
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H