HOW TO FIND A LOST CAT ?
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"She came crying at the back door hungry and anxious."
Over the years, reports about missing cats have increased. Statistics show that about 15% of cat
owners had lost their cats in the last five years but what's interesting is that a whopping 75% of
those lost pets were reunited with their owners. (Weiss et al. 2012)
Reuniting cats with their parents sometimes takes extra effort, and on other occasions, the lost cat
just walks back home. People have shared stories about how their cat just walked back into the
home after months or years of being lost. A family who had lost their cat for two days found it at the
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But this is not always the case, for some lost cats might take a longer amount of time to find. For the parent of the lost cat, it might be devastating. The attachment that the cat owner might have developed with the cat might lead to heartbreak. A girl who recently lost her cat had a hard time coping without her cat. To her, it felt like she had lost a part of her family.
"I just lost my cat! It feels like someone in the family is missing."
Every resource that's available on finding a lost cat usually states certain precautions that might be able to prevent losing your cat, or just an aid to find them quicker. Findings show that if a cat finds its way back home, it means that the cat was already familiar with that environment. Cases exist where cats get lost and in the process of trying to find their way back home, and then they go to a familiar place. This familiar place might be the owner's previous house. You should also familiarize yourself with places around the neighborhood that your cat likes visiting. This way, in the event that it goes missing, you can always check its favorite spot first.
“Alfie from Chicago, Illinois found his way back home after nine months of being lost, but his family had moved to a new place.”
When searching for a cat, it'll be easier to find if you had previously implanted a microchip in it or drawn a tattoo on the cat's body. You'll be able to identify your cat faster with either of these. A microchip will allow your cat to be scanned and identified by any shelter in the area. There have been cases where certain microchips have been unscannable by certain scanners, and this is because of the lack of a universal scanner. The competition to manufacture these scanners led to a wide range of various incompatible scanners in the market, but new scanners have been manufactured with a wider range of microchip compatibility.
When a cat goes missing, there is always a high chance that the lost cat is still around the neighborhood. You should not start panicking immediately you notice your cute little cat is nowhere in the house; maybe the cat just stepped out and couldn't find its way back home. Searching for a cat during the day might prove abortive and really frustrating. Instead, you should search for the cat in the early hours of the morning. Play a familiar sound as you walk around the neighborhood. If your cat is around and hears it, it will surely come out to you.
If you search around your neighborhood and come back empty, you should start thinking of taking bigger steps in the search for your cat. Print a photo of your cat and paste it around the neighborhood; maybe someone has already found your cat and is keeping it safe. When the photo of your cat gets registered in the minds of your neighbors, you'll have more eyes searching for it.
An online local search is also promising. They have recorded high success in recovering lost cats. All you need to do is find a local online search website where you can declare your cat missing and provide vital and unique information that will enable an effective search. If you have given your cat a tattoo or if it has a unique mark, make sure you provide the details. These local search engines will help connect anyone who has a piece of information about your cat to you.
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Contact them and report your cat as missing. If your cat is lost longer than forty-eight hours it is probable that it might be considered a stray or feral cat and sent to an animal shelter.
Create and put up fliers with a picture of the lost cat and your phone number. If you had indicated that there is a reward, ensure that you obtain proof that the person calling really does have your lost cat. Scammers try to lie about finding lost pets to steal the reward.
CHECK IN AND AROUND YOUR PROPERTY
Regularly check in and around your property. Be sure to check under sheds and decks and in garages.
PLACING ITEM WITH FAMILIAR SCENT
Placing any time of items with a familiar scent could potentially lure the lost cat back to their home
LEAVE OUT CAT FOOD
If possible try leaving out cat food such as sardines and tuna with water as another way to lure your lost cat back to familiar surroundings.
CHECK TREES NEARBY
Check any nearby trees on your property, your lost cat might have climbed up there to hide.
In addition to regular searches, try spending time near or outside your home making noise such as singing, talking or calling your cats name. There is a chance that if your lost cat is close, they will hear you.
One last important tip is not to give up hope. There are many lost pets who have been reunited with their owners after months and even years. Being hopeful will help in maintaining a calm mood. Animals can sense if you are stressed and if your lost pet happens to be nearby when it can feel your stress, it might just hide again.
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