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What to do if your cat is missing...

Stay calm.

Think positively & act now, do not rely on them to find their own way home again & do not rely on them being good hunters, scavengers or scroungers!

Please read the following & the carry out the instructions on the step by step search guide on the next pages.

Your cat is mostly likely to be - simply Lost! 

Cats quite commonly go missing, having wandered or investigated something that little bit too far, & from all sorts of areas, neighbourhoods & backgrounds.

These pages aim to help you to raise local awareness & to ask people in your neighbourhood to keep an eye out, & check outbuildings etc. The more eyes looking out for your cat the better, don't be shy - your cat may depend on it. Cats sleep for the majority of the day & may shy away if worried. You need to cast your eyes & ears across your entire local area, at all times, & be looking everywhere at once. This clearly is not possible, so appeal to your neighbourhood for help!

Going door to door with leaflets is your cats very best chance of returning home. Please see the step by step guides in the following pages.

Talk to everyone you encounter, a personal appeal & explanation are far more likely to encourage people to check sheds & to keep an eye out, than digital information, a peice of paper through the door or a potentially forgoten poster. Appealing to people to leave outbuilding doors oipen could release a hiding animal within, & hearing of any possible sightings can be vital.

You will gain information such as " *** puts food out for cats" or "House no ** feeds the birds & it attracts cats" This can give you target search areas to visit.

Do not listen to pessimistic, sensational rumours about theft or worse!

Unconstructive gossip can be hurtful for anxious owners & ultimately fatal for a cat. If sensational statements are allowed to sink in, they can cause hope & efforts to wane. Over time cats commonly go missing from all sorts of areas, neighbourhoods & backgrounds. There is little finicial gain in stealing cats, even pedigrees as they should come with papers & there are microchips to worry about. Foxes (scavangers rather than hunters) are very unlikely to bother cats unless they are very weak or seriously injured. It is true that many people do not like cats - but there is a huge & unlikely leap between personal preferance & hurtful actions. Cats can go 3 days (roughly) without water - & although it can vary greatly between individuals - they are good at locating moisture & can go roughly 3 weeks without food while being well equiped to hunt & usually good at scavenging. Cats DO NOT! always come back however, especially not without any help!

If anything serious had happened, there would be evidence somewhere.

Your cats best chance of coming home, relies heavily on you beleiving he/she is out there & simply needs help in finding home again.

They are most likely to have been startled &/or simply passed beyond their familiar territory & gotten lost. They may have gone into someones shed for shelter or whilst chasing a mouse. They may then have hidden when an unaware human paid a visit to their garden shed & shutting the door after themselves, a cat could then have been trapped inside. Persist with your leafleting to reach out to as many people as you can, even if you hear nothing back at first - people go on holidays & it may be some time before they are able to act. There are a lot of simple, harmless reasons for a cat to lose its way.

Ensure catflaps are locked on IN ONLY! 

Should they be released from a neighbourhood shed for example, they can get back in straightaway & remain there.

If you have moved home recently there is a very high chance that your cat is trying to find familiar territory. If their old territory is within reach, start there.

Please follow the step by step search guide on the following pages!

 

The information on this website comes with years of experience from cat rescue centres, & an oxford diploma in felinology (with distinction)

The information on this website comes with years of experience from cat rescue centres, & an oxford diploma in felinology (with distinction)

When you find your cat, please consider raising found posters to encourage people in future cases

When you find your cat, please consider raising found posters to encourage people in future cases

Raising

Raising "Found" posters shares a happy ending & encourages people to look out for lost cats in future cases. (also abates rumor)

Lilly was relocated after 6 weeks

Lilly was relocated after 6 weeks

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