Where's My Cat?
You already know that allowing your cat outside is an invitation to tragedy. Sometimes, though, a cat outsmarts us and we have to react quickly in a moment of panic. Take action immediately. The longer you wait, the greater the risks to your cat.
- First, thoroughly check the house and yard. Once you’re certain your cat is no longer on your property, walk—don’t take the car—around your neighborhood as you call your pet. Ask anyone you see outside: “Have you seen him?”
- Just as when you’ve found a cat, create a brightly-colored flyer to post in the area where you lost the cat. Include a minimal description of the animal, the date and cross-streets. Use a bold heading like “LOST CAT.” Include all your contact phone numbers or an e-mail. Make it nice and easily readable. Print lots of them and also e-mail. Place the cat’s pix on Facebook and other social media sites and our site, too. You can download free flyer software on the Internet.
- Think like a marketing executive. Place an ad in your local newspapers, in the Recycler and Recycler.com—some placements are free!—on Craigslist.com, and in nearby pet supply stores.
- Money talks, so offer a reward. Example: Lost Cat: REWARD! Adult
Siamese Mix: Dolly. Please Call 555-555-5555. If your cat requires medication, state this on your poster as it indicates urgency. While you’re posting signs, don’t forget to read any signs previously posted. Someone may already have found your cat! We hope so!
- Canvas the local area thoroughly. Most cats stay near home.
- Ask neighbors to check under houses, in garages and cellars or basements. Cats climb into odd places and get stuck or may snooze in a garage where a door is later closed. Be ruthless about this: If it can happen, it often will.
- Call and visit all local Animal Control facilities and humane shelters daily. Ask to access the isolation or hospital areas too. Be persistent, but polite.
- If a caller claims to have your cat, please be cautious. Meet the person who has “your” cat in a public place during daylight hours. Tell someone where you’re going and share contact details of the person you’re meeting. Do not give your home address. You may be asked to provide proof of ownership such as license receipts, vet records or family photos that include the pet. Be prepared to pay the offered reward in cash.
Websites for Lost and Found Pets
First, check the websites of all local shelters. They usually post pictures and/or descriptions of animals in their “care.” The followings websites are highly recommended by us if you’ve lost or found a cat...