Lost and found advice

What to do if your cat is lost

•Try not to worry - many cats turn up relatively quickly having just gone a bit further afield or because they have been stuck in somewhere
•Check that your cat has not been accidentally shut in. Make sure you check cupboards (don't forget airing cupboards - always a favourite spot on cold days), sheds and cars, and get your neighbours to check too
•Inform Mary as soon as possible on 01747 854630
•Telephone vets within a 10-12 mile radius. Missing pets are often taken to vets to look after
•Register the details on the Animal Search UK website and include a good photo if possible
•Call the microchip database if your cat has been chipped
•Don't forget to also inform the RSPCA, and the animal welfare department of your local council
•Put up posters in your area and in local shops - include the cat's name, a description, the area it has been lost from and a contact number

What to do if your cat is found

•Inform the organisations you contacted so that your cat is removed from their registers
•Take down any posters you have produced

What to do if you find a lost cat

•If the cat is wearing a collar see if there is an address or telephone number so you can contact the owner directly
•Contact Mary on 01747 854630 with as good a description as possible
•Register the details on the Animal Search UK website
•Contact the RSPCA and local vets as owners will report them as missing
•Consider taking the cat to your local vets to check for a microchip
•If he has been around for a number of days please feed him until his owner is found or someone can take him in temporarily.

How to reduce the chances of losing your cat

•Keep your cat indoors at night with a litter tray - this will be easiest if you give your cat the best meal of the day in the evening and lock them in. More cats go missing over night.
•Have your cat microchipped, so that if they are lost he is easily identified