Advice for lost and found cats
If you have lost your cat:
Don’t panic! Cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble.
- 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. Put out his used litter tray as cats can smell this from a distance. Put out a bowl of water and some tasty smelly food
- sheds and garages
- the lost and found section of your local newspaper
- 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
- as many 'lost pet' websites that you can find
- the cleansing department of your local council
- your postman, milkman and newspaper delivery person
- Facebook groups such as ‘Lost and Found Pets in High Wycombe and Surrounding Areas’, ‘Harveys Army South’, ‘Lost and Found Pets UK’
- 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
If you have found a cat:
- the earlier you report your cat is missing, the more likely it is that it will be found
- we know that losing a cat can be very traumatic for you. If you need some practical information and emotional support, please call our free Paws to Listen service on 0800 024 9494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- when your cat does return, DO inform any organisations who have been asked to look for it
- have your cat microchipped!
- Only feed the cat if it is thin and starving
- See if it looks like any on our lost page, or any listed on the 'lost cat' places above (eg Facebook)
- Knock on the doors of houses nearby to see if anybody knows who might own the cat
- Take the cat to a vet who will check for a microchip (free of charge), and you can ask if anyone has reported a similar cat missing
- Put a paper collar on the cat - try this a few times if the collar comes off
- Produce some 'cat found' leaflets to be distributed in the area it was found
- Contact us and other local cat rescues, just in case anybody reports their cat as missing to us
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.