Due to current laws in the UK, cat owners are working against the clock. We know our cats habits and behaviours so if your cat does not come home at the usual time do not delay in trying to find him/her. It is better to be safe than sorry and a life time of your cat never returning home and you never knowing why is a mental torment no pet owner ever wants to endure.
If Your Cat is Missing
If Your Cat is Microchipped
If Your Cat isn't Microchipped
Phone your local council and speak to the waste disposal team. Tell them the general area your cat would be around and give a description of your cat. Tell them to keep an eye out and inform them you will regularly phone them to check – let them know you won’t go away. Click here to find your local council
Canvas the area. One of the most effective tools to either finding a cat, or gathering information, is by speaking to neighbours and/or distributing flyers around the area. Create a large batch of flyers including your cats photo and a little information on them explaining they are missing and when and where they were last seen. Ask persons to check sheds and contact you with any information, and pop your number and/or email address on.
Speak to neighbours. Let them know to keep an eye out, and ask they check outbuildings to ensure your cat has not been locked in a shed.
Cats have over 200 million olfactory scent receptors (humans have around 5 million) - 40x strong than ours. This is why it is advised to try and help your cat find their way home using their amazing ability to smell.
leave your cat's favourite toy or piece of his (unwashed) bedding in your garden, somewhere sheltered from rain. Also, leave an unwashed item of your clothing, as well as their litter tray. All the above will smell familiar to your cat, and may help to keep them in the area, or even guide him home.
It is also advised to walk around the area calling them of an evening when noise levels are at their lowest. This will enable you to hear any calls back, as well as them to be able to hear you.
Use social media get photos and details of your cat out there far and wide. Someone may know where your cat is and looking for you. Here is a link where you can create and print off a posters for your lost cat or post to social media pages. Also, upload your cat's details to the national lost cat register. They will automatically share this on all their social media accounts, and to websites such as PetsReunited.
Social media has proved to be an effective tool n reuniting cat with owner. Re-post every so often to keep your cats details fresh and continuously out there.