|The sad truth is that once a cat goes missing, it can be quite difficult for pet owners to find their missing pet / Photo by: Vitaliy Nazarenko via 123RF|
Most people say that having a cat requires minimal effort. Cats are known to be capable of grooming themselves and even finding their own food, just in case, of course, you forget to feed them. However, cat owners might even be surprised to lose their cats, as even indoor-only cats might slip out the door unexpectedly.
But don’t worry, The Spruce Pets, a website that provides tips and guidelines for taking care of your pets, explained in their article that cats are, in fact, territorial. There’s a small chance that they will leave their territory for good. If beaten by an alpha cat, who might be bigger and meaner, cats will seek safety indoors before they run away.
The sad truth is that once a cat goes missing, it can be quite difficult for pet owners to find their missing pet. When looking for them, one of the most important things that an owner can do is to set aside their emotions and think clearly about why their cat has run away. Having a clear mind will be very helpful in finding a possible and appropriate solution.
Once you notice that your cat is missing, it is best to ask for help. Cats are hard to find because they might be hanging out with their clowder. PawMaw, an organization that helps in finding missing cats and dogs, suggests that it is best to make some flyers. These should be made with high-resolution photos of your pet. Pet owners should also indicate the noticeable marks found on their cat’s body so that people can identify their missing cat immediately.
Your hunt will go by a lot faster if you put a reward on the flyer. Putting flyers in your area will alert your neighbors about the incident. In most cases of a missing cat, there’s a huge possibility that the cat was picked up by animal control or another cat lover who believes that the cat they found is “lost”.
On the other hand, there are always “catnappers” roaming around who often abduct cats they see in plain sight. These people are known to have very bad intentions, and they sometimes use these cats to gain financial profit. Catnappers usually engage in dog-baiting and ritual sacrifice. Lost cats might also be trapped or captured by a cat-hating neighbor.
|Once you notice that your cat is missing, it is best to ask for help. Cats are hard to find because they might be hanging out with their clowder / Photo by: Vladimir Kichigin via 123RF|
Keep an eye out at all times
If you’re done with putting up flyers, it is time for you to wear your walking shoes and do a physical search around the neighborhood. Pet owners should keep an eye out for the corners of your streets and look in every possible hiding place a cat can crawl into. There’s a chance that your lost cat has slipped inside your neighbor's backyard and they might be unable to get out.
You should also try going door to door around your neighborhood, and talk to the children, mailman, delivery drivers, commuters, and anyone who might have come across a lost cat. It is best to put your mind on detective mode and follow all the leads in front of you. There have been cases of cats found up in the trees, as they just ran up the trunk and are too scared to jump down.
Helping a lost cat
Cats are like mushrooms; they will show up unexpectedly and they will come and go as they please. Hills Pet, an American pet food company that produces dog and cat food, mentioned on their website that if a cat just shows up on your property, it’s a good idea to observe its behavior from a safe distance before approaching it to offer help.
If you find a lost kitten or cat on the road, there is a chance that they are someone else’s property. It is best to identify if the cat is feral since feral cats are not used to socializing with humans. Feral cats are unpredictable and they might bite or scratch anyone who dares to touch them, if they even allow people to get close to them.
Find possible marks or identification on its body. Also, look for advertisements or announcements that might mention lost cats in your area. You can also call some veterinarian near you just in case the cat you found was once their client. Many people don’t bother putting a tag or collar on their cats, and this makes it more difficult for the lost cat to be brought home.
|Cats are like mushrooms; they will show up unexpectedly and they will come and go as they please / Photo by: Jaromír Chalabala via 123RF|
Microchips to keep them safe
Prevention is better than a cure. This is why it is best to secure your area and have your documentation ready to prevent your cat from getting lost. Cat Time, a website that provides articles about felines, explained that microchip detection can be done on your cat since it has significantly helped in reducing the number of lost pets in most countries. This technology can help in identifying your cat’s name and your contact information.