The loss of a beloved pet is always a great stress. To search effectively, pull yourself together and think through the search tactics. The main thing here is not to get lost and act thoughtfully. The main rule is to start searching immediately, so that the pet does not have time to go far.
Search on the street
An indispensable assistant in the search for a missing animal – a flashlight. Even if you are looking in the daytime, you will need to light up the dark corners where animals like to hide. With a flashlight, you can easily see the glint of your eyes.
Start from the place where the cat was last seen or from the territory near the house. Carefully inspect everything around, constantly calling the animal to you. Don’t expect it to jump out right away. A stressed cat is unlikely to come out of hiding, even if it sees you. Pronounce the animal’s name softly and softly, so as not to frighten the pet even more. While searching, constantly stop and listen. Perhaps you can hear a faint meow somewhere?
To make the cat more willing to leave its hiding place, take a jar of cat food. Call your pet and shake the jar. Perhaps she will come upon a familiar sound or smell, realizing that she is hungry.
If the search during the day did not yield results, return at night. At dusk, the street becomes quieter and the animal calms down. In the dark, a stray cat is more likely to leave its shelter. Lost animals are too careful during the day, but they feel safer at night.
Where to look?
Runaway cats are timid and prefer to hide somewhere close. First of all, search the territory of 5-6 nearest houses. Search on your own or bring a family member that the cat loves more. If you can’t find the missing animal right away, don’t lose your calm. Sometimes cats are searched for weeks, while they run around the shelters, coming out only at night.
Think about what kind of shelter might attract a cat. Perhaps it is dense vegetation, a large pipe, a hole, a hole. Look on high trees and on the roofs of buildings – the animal will easily climb there from fright. There is a chance that you will find it in some joint between the walls.
A shelter for an escaped cat can be someone else’s car or building (shed, garage). If necessary, ask the owners for help.
Perhaps the cat doesn’t respond because it is injured or trapped, for example, stuck in a fence. Look for dangerous places in your area. This may be some equipment or just a deep hole. Construction sites are dangerous for cats.
Help other people in their search
Do not refuse to help when they offer to search for a missing cat with you. “Arm yourself” with flashlights. Tell your assistants the search principle:
- on the move, call the cat softly and in a soft voice;
- stop periodically;
- listen for meows.
Members of the “search party” should move smoothly, do not make sudden movements. If the cat is nearby, you can’t frighten it more.
Let each assistant have your phone number for coordination of movements and operational communication. Always stay in touch yourself – if the pet is found, it is better that the owner approaches.
If the cat is a rare breed, has an expressive appearance and special signs – you can show its photo to neighbors and just passers-by. Ask children playing in the yards, janitors, grandmothers who are constantly on the street. The promise of a reward will encourage you to help the owner of a lost animal.
Placement of missing persons ads
To find out more people about the loss, make an ad. Prepare a photo of your pet, preferably in color. Choose the one where the cat’s appearance and special signs are clearly visible, so that the animal is easier to identify.
You can notify:
- putting up ads in the district;
- by publishing them online;
- by submitting it to a newspaper, radio, or TV.
In the text description, specify what the animal looks like, where it was lost, and specify the phone number for communication. Do not write a lot of text, only the most important and large font. If you find it difficult to create an ad yourself, download the template online. If you are willing to pay a fee, you don’t need to specify the amount, just mention it.
Post ads in public places (boards at entrances, stops, poles), but do not break the rules of posting! Cover an area approximately 1.5 kilometers from the house.
Warn your neighbors about the missing animal. Perhaps they will check their yards, houses, sheds, and garages to help you.
Who else can I notify about your loss:
- veterinary clinics – there can bring an injured cat;
- pet store or groomer salon in your area – if you leave an ad there, many will respond to help in the search;
- animal shelters – perhaps the animal was brought there. Check them once every 1-2 days until the baby is found, or leave your contacts for communication along with the announcement of the loss.
Publish your ad with a photo in public places dedicated to animals and on specialized sites. Let your friends in social networks find out about the loss. For an older audience, you can advertise in local Newspapers.
Someone may have found your cat and posted an ad about it. Regularly check the public pages in social networks and wherever else you may receive such a Declaration. Be careful not to get caught by scammers. When they publish false information about a found pet, they ask them to list the promised reward. To distinguish a person who found your animal from a fraudster, ask about the special signs of a cat. If your pet was described to you, don’t forget to thank her.
Missing cat when moving
Cats are strongly attached to their territory. If you change your place of residence, look for a runaway animal in the old neighborhood. If you can’t get there quickly on your own, ask your former neighbors for help. Let them know that your pet has escaped from its new home. If the search is successful, let them keep the escaped cat until you arrive. Ask other family members to stay in the new home to meet the pet if she returns. If you don’t find anyone at home, the animal may leave again.
At the new place of residence, the pet could be scared by other cats or dogs. Aggressive animals often drive away strangers. Therefore, inspect the entire surrounding area in a new location.
Quick start of searches, organization of assistants, ads with notification of loss – all this will help you find the missing animal. Make sure that such situations do not occur in the future, attach your phone number to the collar or chip the cat.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.