What do I do if my cat goes missing?
It’s every cat’s nightmare the day your pet has disappeared! It’s a stressful situation. If it happens, however, if it does happen, you need some advice to help you increase your chances of locating them.
The most effective way to ensure your cat is protected should be keeping them indoors. The RSPCA suggests keeping your cat safe at home, whether inside with a safe outdoor space or completely indoors, so in the event that you meet the necessities like water, food, and toileting areas as well as hiding and resting places and scratching areas.
Do not wait for your cat to get lost first!
Like all aspects of pet care, it is important to be ready.
If your cat is in a safe place, Make sure they are properly identified. This could include a microchip, but additionally, it’s best to have an external identification like a secure collar that releases quickly and has a tag that shows your name as well as your contact number. It is particularly important to ensure your personal information in the microchip database, as well as your ID tag, are up-to-date at all times.
Be sure to have a current photo of your pet (including the entire physique and facial features) to aid in locating and locating them, if required. If you’re like us, the camera roll will be filled with pictures of your pet, and we’re not sure this issue will arise!
Develop a missing cat plan.
Make a plan in case your cat is missing prior to it happening. If this happens, you’ll be more relaxed and clearer! A program in place can also help you save time in the event of an incident.
The plan you make should include an extensive physical search, including your backyard and home (many missing cats in the home may be hiding in your house!). Inform your neighbors and ask consent to run an extensive search of their homes for your cat, too.
Be sure to be aware and go to any local animal welfare organizations (such as veterinarians, pounds, or the RSPCA), as well as hand out flyers around your neighborhood with pictures of your cat who has gone missing. Online search is also an excellent way to search for your cat’s missing, such as your local Facebook groups or “lost pet pages.
Aid your pet to return to its home.
Most cats who live in the house will be terrified if they go out and run away; however, they’ll always be determined to return to their home area. A lot of them will be hiding in a nearby room, but not in places where you’re able to be able to see them. They are usually scared and won’t be seen, even in the event that you seek them.
This is a good thing since it means that many of these cats can be seen in close proximity to their homes. There are a few easy actions you can take to aid them in their return.
It is possible to put your cat’s favorite food in. However, it should be placed very close to your front door while leaving the door open and looking out from a distance. It is possible to wait and be patient, but most cats will go inside to get food (you can close the door in their absence, obviously! ).
For outdoor cats
If your cat roams free and doesn’t return, it could indicate there’s been an incident, like injuries, illnesses, or accidentally being evicted by a passing. They are usually located near your house, but they could be within a couple of blocks of your home.
Follow the same procedures as searching for indoor cats; however, you should extend the search area to include more regions and immediately focus on all the other elements of your plan to locate your pet (such as calling vets and pounds as well as advertising and posting to online groups).
We have more details in the Knowledgebase. If this unfortunate situation occurs and your cat is missing, We hope that you’ll follow these easy tips, and you and your cat will be found again.