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How to search for a lost cat

Our shelters fill up each day with lost and surrendered cats, and even more so during the festive season (Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day).  Microchipping and tags are great ways to try to reconnect lost pets with their family.  But what else can you do?  Dogs and cats behave differently when lost according to Missing Pet Partnership.  We share a few insights about lost cat behaviour and tips to help you search for your lost cat. Let’s hope that will you never need this advice!

Understand lost cat behaviour

Tips to search for a lost cat

  1. According to missingpartnership.org the primary technique to recover a missing cat should be to obtain permission from all neighbours to enter their yards and conduct an aggressive, physical search for the missing cat (and to set baited humane traps there when necessary). Simply asking a neighbour to “look” for the lost cat is not sufficient. Neighbours are not going to crawl around on their bellies under their decks or houses to search for someone else’s lost cat!
  2. When an indoor-only cat escapes outdoors, utilise a baited humane trap as a recovery tool.
  3. Place fluorescent posters within at least a five-block radius.  It is likely your cat is close by and a neighbour will come across your cat if your she has a friendly disposition towards strangers. More about posters below.

Posters for a lost cat that grab attention 

  1. GIANT
  2. Fluorescent
  3. Large letters, no more than 5 words eg REWARD LOST CAT – SIAMESE
  4. Good picture of your pet

Search for a lost cat sources

Search for a lost cat resources