Lost and Found
Please contact our Reception if you have lost or found a cat on the Isle of Wight on Tel: 03000 120 251
Five things to help find your lost cat
Shake a box of their favourite biscuits to entice them home.
If your cat has a favourite toy, try leaving it in your garden.
Cats have a strong sense of smell - leave out a regular blanket or bedding to encourage your cat out of hiding.
You might find your moggy is more active at night, especially during hotter weather. Go out with a friend or family member when it is dark to call for your cat by name.
Leave a bowl of water out and some food. A tasty treat such as tuna might be enough to bring your cat home.
If you have lost your cat… Here are a few suggestions to help you locate your cat, even if your cat is micro-chipped:
- Contact all local animal welfare groups and vets to register the cat's details
- Leaflet drop your local neighbourhood
- Notices, suggesting reward to be displayed in shops or local businesses
- Don't despair if you have recently adopted a cat - he may be hiding quite near. Are you sure he has left the house?
- Check all outhouses, garages, under sheds and greenhouses
- Are any neighbours on holiday? Could he be shut in?
- Advertise in the local newspaper and local websites.
If you have found a cat...Here are a few suggestions on how to locate the owner:
- Make note of when this cat arrived
- Has anyone new moved into the neighbourhood?
- Have your neighbours gone on holiday and left a friend to feed the cat?
- Check collar for any owner details
- Contact all local animal welfare groups and vets to register the cat's details. This cat may have been reported missing
- If the cat is injured, contact the local vets
- Scan the cat to check for micro-chipping
- Are you able to feed the cat short term while the owner is found, or before an animal group can take him in for care?
Please do not worry if you cat comes home with a paper collar with your local Cats Protection phone number on. Especially during the hot summer months, we have lots of enquiries about ‘stray’ cats that have not been seen before in the area. To save moving the cat out of possibly its home territory, it has proved a great success to paper collar the cat, so the owner can contact us and we can advise the concerned party that all is well and the cat has an owner.
Useful tools to advertise or locate your lost pet
Is my cat lost?
Not all cats are house cats. Some are inclined to wander, especially if there is fuss or food to be found elsewhere. It is normal for your cat to pop in and out throughout the day – especially if they have a taste for adventure. If your cat hasn’t returned by the time dinner time comes around, however, you might be worried that your cat is missing. Try not to panic. Cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble, looking perfectly healthy. While you might be worried, they’re likely to stroll in and wonder what all the fuss is about. If they haven’t yet returned, give them a few hours before you make a plan of action.
I've lost my cat. What can I do?
If your pet still hasn’t returned home, there are a few simple things you can do to help find your missing cat. The first thing to do is to check your own home and garden. Cats love small cosy spaces and might be hiding in the unlikeliest of places – from cupboards to garden sheds. Check every room in your house, including any outbuildings and sheds too. Behind curtains, under duvets and even in household appliances like tumble dryers and washing machines. If you’re having building work completed, check under floorboards or any holes big enough for a cat to nestle into.
If you’re sure your cat isn’t at home, the next thing to do is to speak to your neighbours as well as any delivery people nearby. They might have seen your lost cat somewhere and can let you know of their whereabouts. Ask them to check their own sheds and outbuildings, as well as under any parked cars in the neighbourhood. Remember to check homes on both sides of the road, as well as homes that have gardens that back on to yours. You could even provide neighbours with an up to date photo and your cat’s name, reminding them to keep an eye out.
Advertising on social media is a great way to get the message out that your cat is missing, particularly if you’re a member of a local Facebook community group. Post a clear photo of your cat, their name and your contact details.
It is also useful to keep a list of useful phone numbers pinned to a board in your kitchen. You can download our list below, complete with handy contact details.
How do I get my cat to come home?
If putting out the word about your missing cat hasn’t worked, there are some great tips and tricks to try at home. Cats are heavily reliant on scent and leaving out items that may entice them back to you is well worth an attempt. Things to try include the following:
- Leave your cat’s favourite toy or some of their unwashed bedding in the garden
- Leave an unwashed item of your clothing, which will have your scent on it
- Place any used litter from your cat’s litter tray outside, or perhaps the contents of your hoover for a smell of home
- Call out for your cat in the garden early in the morning or late at night, when everywhere is likely to be quieter
- Shake a box of their favourite biscuits or treats
- Keep calling your cat, leaving enough time for them to hear you and be led home
Microchipping your cat
Microchipping your cat is the most effective way to ensure that they can be identified if they go missing, and keeping your details up to date can increase the likelihood of a happy reunion. If your lost cat is found and taken to a vet or animal welfare organisation, you’ll be contacted quickly.
Moved house or changed a phone number? You’ll need to let your microchipping company know so that your details that are on file can be amended.
Lost your cat? Follow our checklist
If you’re beginning the search for a missing cat, download our checklist to tick off each action as you do it.
Download our checklist
- Search first. Check small spaces in your home – everywhere from cosy cupboards to garden sheds, garages and outbuildings
- Ask your neighbours. They’ll need to check their property, sheds and garages too.
- Is your cat microchipped? Talk to Petlog on 01296 737 600 or Identibase on 01904 487 600 to register your cat as missing
- Speak to your local Cats Protection branch or centre to see if they’ve had a cat handed in to them. To find one in your area, visit our Find Us page and enter your postcode
- Get in touch with animal shelters in your area. Visit catchat.org to find those local to you
- Contact all vet practices in the area
- Make and put up flyers with your cat’s photo and description to place around the local area – or post them through your neighbour’s letterboxes
- Post a description of your cat on your Facebook page, as well as any local community Facebook groups
Currently we don't have a lot of time to spend on putting up new information on lost cats on the site, we are struggling to keep the cats on-site updated on the site as it is, we do still keep track of them in the centre though! If you have lost or found a cat then please check the facebook group above or ring the number at the top of this page to directly contact us about it.
Five things to do with a found cat
- Avoid feeding it unless it is particularly underweight - this will only encourage the cat to come back, even if it has an owner!
- Call your local animal shelter or organisation - find your local Cats Protection
- List the cat on your local community Facebook page or put up posters
- Report abandoned or pets to the RSPCA
- If the cat doesn't have an owner, contact your local Cats Protection and we'll find the cat a home
What do I do if I've found a cat?
Most cats are, by nature, inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. You're likely to come across a stray cat on your travels, although it might be tricky to find out whether it is a stray cat, a feral or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you've found a cat?
How do I know if the cat is feral, stray or an owned cat?
Before you do anything, it is important to think about whether the cat you've found is a stray, a feral or an owned cat. If they appear well-groomed and is a healthy weight, they may have an owner nearby.
Ferals behave like wild animals and won't come close, even with encouragement. Stray cats might look lost and disorientated, but may be friendly if given time. Check out our visual guide for more tips on how to identify the cat you have found.