Lost & Found
We operate a lost and found register helping to avoid a great deal of misery for cats and owners alike.
If you have lost or found a cat in the Perth area, please contact us on our helpline 01738 700070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- so that we can add it to our list.
When reporting a lost cat please make sure you give us the following information:
Your address and telephone number
The date, time and place your cat was last seen
Your cats name, sex, breed, age, colour and size
Whether your cat was wearing a collar and/or ID disc
Whether your cat has been micro-chipped
Whether or not your cat has been neutered or spayed
Any distinguishing features
Recent photos of your cat
What To Do If Your Cat Is Lost
Don't forget to check that your cat has not been accidentally shut in somewhere. Check your cupboards (airing cupboards are favoured places) sheds and cars, and ask your neighbours to check too.
Inform us as soon as possible.
Prepare an accurate description: colour, breed, size, long/short hair, male/female, neutered or not, collar and ID tag if worn, age and name.
Get some posters printed with the description and where/when lost, preferably including a colour photograph. Don’t forget to give a telephone number and mention a reward if you are offering one.
Walk the neighbourhood talking to everybody you come across, including local children asking them to keep a look out for your cat when they are out playing. Leave posters wherever you can.
Put up posters within a 3 mile radius of where your pet was lost – in local vets, shops, libraries, police stations, pubs, post offices, pet shops, takeaways, surgeries and other suitable places, as well as through letterboxes.
Phone any vets within a 10 – 12 mile radius in case the animal has been injured or someone has handed it in.
Check the “Lost and Found” section of local newspapers, and try putting in an advert yourself.
Place a sticker in your car; put an ad on your local radio station; and tell the postman, milkman, paperboy and dustmen.
Consider contacting other areas – cats can hitch lifts in cars, vans and lorries.
If there are any building or renovation works nearby, ask the workmen to keep their eyes and ears open.
Add your cat's details to Animal Search UK. They are the UK’s leading missing pet search service and can be found at http://www.animalsearchuk.co.uk. This is a free service and allows owners to display up to 4 photos of their missing pets.
Idea! – If your cat is lost try placing a shoe or piece of laundry out in your front garden. Your cat may pick up the scent as the wind blows down your street and beyond.
When Your Cat Is Found
Remember to take down all the notices, stop the advertising and inform everyone of the good news so they do not waste time continuing the search.
If they are not already, consider getting your pets micro-chipped. This greatly increases the chances that they will be returned speedily to you if found, even many miles away.
How To Reduce The Chances Of Losing Your Cat
Make sure your cat is kept in at night with a litter tray. A tip is to make sure you give him the best meal in the evening. That way you can easily lock him in for the night.
Fit a quick release collar with your address and telephone number on a tag (do not use barrels as the bottoms fall off with the details in it).
Have your cat micro-chipped, so that if he is lost he is easily identified even if the collar has come off.
What To Do If You Find A Cat
Make sure the cat really is lost. Ask your neighbours – it may just be disorientated.
Contact us with a good description and we will add it to our list.
If possible, check the cat's collar for an address or telephone number through which you can contact the owner directly.
Place an advert in the local paper in the “lost and found” column; and ask the local radio station to put it on their lost and found spot.
Take the cat to your local vet so that he can scan him for a microchip that may identify the owner.
If the cat is hungry, please feed it. If you cannot keep it, let us know and we will take it in as soon as we have space available.
Produce some small “cat found” leaflets to be put in shops, and distributed in the area where it was found.