Realising you’ve lost your cat can be devastating to say the least. Staying calm and working systematically are the best approach when it comes to finding a lost cat.
How to find a missing cat
To maximise your chance of finding a lost cat, act fast, but don’t panic!
1. Spend at least 15-30 minutes calling your cat by name, circling the location your cat was last seen.
2. Make familiar sounds such as tapping the side of a can with a fork or shaking a box of dry food.
3. Leave a door ajar when you go back into the house.
4. Notify immediate neighbours of your cat's absence and ask permission to look in their garages, as cats can sometimes hide there. If they have windows that face your home, they can keep a look out for you.
5. Enlist friends or neighbours to help you canvas the neighbourhood. Go door to door with your cat's description and your contact details. Consider offering a reward for information.
6. Walk or cycle up and down the road near the area your cat was last seen and drive slowly through your neighbourhood. Ask people strolling or cycling nearby and widen your search to surrounding fields and woodlands.
7. Cats that aren’t used to being outdoors may panic and settle down unseen into some shrubbery. Sick or injured cats are also likely to hide.
8. Take advantage of the lost and found ads in your local newspaper. Place a 'lost cat' ad as soon as possible and be sure to check the column daily for any that have been found.
9. Create a flyer with relevant information about your cat, including the name and physical description. Provide all contact details including your name, telephone number and email address. If possible, include a photograph and have these photocopied. Post and distribute flyers wherever your cat was last seen, as well as throughout your home neighbourhood and to any welfare services you contact.
10. Call all local vets. Provide your cat's description and contact details. Follow up with a visit to distribute written information.
11. Check your local shelter. If she isn’t there, provide a detailed description such as colour, age, size, collar, tag, microchip so they can look out for them.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.