When you are a cat owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your beloved pet as safe as possible.
However, no matter how hard you work to protect your pet from harm, sometimes the worst can happen despite our best intentions.
Cats are notoriously independent, curious creatures, and it is this nature that can sometimes lead them to become lost.
Of course, if your cat does go missing, it is understandable that you will be worried and distraught.
However, it is important to put a plan in place and do what you can to find your cat and get them home safely as soon as possible.
Although it may be tempting to call in the troops and head off here, there and everywhere, sometimes your furry friend may be hiding closer than you think.
Most cats can squeeze into surprisingly small spaces, and sometimes, your missing cat may just have discovered a quiet, peaceful place for a nap.
Cupboards, wardrobes, underneath furniture and behind fittings – all of these locations could be potential hiding places.
In addition, double-check your washing machine or tumble dryer as some mischievous cats have been known to climb inside!
If you are 100% sure your cat is not hiding in the house, the next step is to do a thorough search in your garden or outdoor space.
Check bushes, plants, shrubbery and any long grass, calling your cat and offering their favourite treats.
Don’t forget to look in the more unlikely places too – inside larger plant pots or containers, in sheds or outbuildings, and behind any garden furniture you may have.
Searching For Your Cat Further Afield
Once you have done a thorough check of your property, it’s time to consider searching further afield. Search your neighbourhood and the local area, particularly places that you know your cat regularly frequents.
Don’t be afraid to knock on neighbours’ doors and ask them to keep an eye out too as is it not uncommon for stray cats to move into a neighbours house and not leave if they are well fed and conditions there seem favourable!
This may also be a good time to consider asking for help.
After all, cats are small, nimble animals, and the more people that are out looking, the more the chances of discovering them in a timely manner increase.
However, it’s always a good idea to make sure someone stays at home when you’re all out and about, just in case your cat does return home of their own accord.
If there is still no sign of your cat, it is probably a sensible idea to start calling and informing the relevant people.
Ring around any vets, animal shelters or charities in the surrounding area and ask them to keep an eye out and also double check if they have seen any cats matching your pet’s description.
It may also be a good idea to contact your cat’s insurance company as they may be able to provide additional advice or assistance.
Last but certainly not least, never underestimate the power of social media in situations like these!
Hopefully, your missing cat should be discovered and reunited with you as soon as possible.
Losing your pet is always going to be a stressful, nerve-wracking experience, but with a checklist in mind, you should be able to maximise your chances of keeping your cat safe and secure, should the worst happen.
Preventing Your Cat From Getting Lost Is The Best Course Of Action
Although this may not offer much comfort for those who are searching for missing pets, the truth of the matter is that prevention really is the best course of action in situations such as this.
Luckily, there are a number of different steps and preventative measures that you can take in order to maximise your pet’s safety and security and increase the chances of a speedy, happy reunion should the worst happen.
No matter whether your cat is an outdoor or indoor cat (or a combination of the two!) you never know when they might escape or get loose.
For this reason, it’s important to ensure that they have the correct identification with them – a cat collar and tag are essential.
Make sure that the collar is specifically designed for cats and fits your cat well; avoid collars that are too tight around the neck or loose enough to easily slip out of, also make sure you use a quick release collar to ensure they will not be choked if the collar gets caught on anything.
Also Read: Should cats wear collars?
The happier and more contented your cat is, the less likely they are to run away or look elsewhere for what they need.
It is important to keep your cat satisfied and happy, which means supplying them with good quality cat food and water, shelter and a safe, comfortable space to call their own.
Loud noises, unwanted attention or a lack of basic essentials can all contribute to an unhappy cat and increased chances of your furry friend going missing.
In the home, try to keep any potential hazards out of harm’s way – including sharp objects, glass, and any edible goodies!
If your cat frequently visits your garden, either via a cat flap or on your terms, make sure that the garden is fully enclosed and there are no gaps in fencing.
Of course, cats are naturally adventurous, and many won’t hesitate to jump up and over a fence, wall or hedge, but this way, you are ensuring that your garden remains a safe outdoor space that they can retire to.
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