Advice for lost and found pets

If you have lost your pet:

Don’t panic! Cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble.

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. Put out his used litter tray and a familiar blanket as cats can smell these from a long distance. Put out a bowel of water and some tasty smelly food
  • 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
  • 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’
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
  • 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 pawstolisten@cats.org.uk
  • 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
  • knock on the doors of houses nearby to see if anybody knows who might own the cat
  • 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
  • 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.