Advice for lost and found pets

If you have lost your pet:

Don’t despair, read the advice in this link and below:

Look in…
  • all rooms, cupboards, boxes and household appliances, eg washing machines
  • gardens and hedges – he may be hurt, frightened and hiding nearby – keep calling him, particularly at night when it’s quiet – and put out his used litter tray and a familiar blanket as cats can smell these from a long distance
  • sheds and garages
  • vehicles
  • the lost and found section of your local newspaper
Inform…
  • your microchip company (and make sure your registered contact details are up to date)
  • local veterinary practices
  • neighbours, using leaflets – or even better, talk to them directly to ensure they check garages etc – or better still, ask if you can check there yourself (pay particular attention where neighbours are away, as cats can get locked in by accident)
  • us and other local cat charities
  • the cleansing department of your local council
  • your postman, milkman and newspaper delivery person
  • websites such as www.animalsearchuk.co.uk and Facebook groups such as ‘Lost and Found Pets in High Wycombe and Surrounding Areas’, ‘Harveys Army South’, ‘Lost and Found Pets UK’
Advertise…
  • posters on trees, distribute leaflets to shops, post office, garages.
  • in local schools, newspapers, radio
  • on local noticeboards, including a recent photograph of your missing cat
  • offer a reward
Finally…
  • the earlier you report your cat is missing, the more likely it is that it will be found
  • when your cat does return, DO inform any organisations who have been asked to look for it
  • have your cat microchipped!
If you have found a cat:

  • If the cat is hungry, please feed it
  • If possible, take the cat to a vet who will check for a microchip, and you can ask if anyone has reported a similar cat missing
  • If no microchip is found, you could produce some ‘Cat Found’ leaflets to be distributed in the area it was found. You can also try putting a paper collar on the cat, and knocking on a few doors to ask if anybody recognises the cat
Doing these things is often very successful in reuniting a cat with its owners and it is important that this advice is followed before Cats Protection takes the cat in for rehoming.