My cat has gone missing, what should I do?

Lost A Cat?

Losing your Cat can be a worrying and traumatic time. Firstly, check our website to see if your cat is listed as found, if your cat is not shown, Southampton Cats Protection can post a description and photo of your cat on the lost section of our website. 

Please contact us with a description making sure that you have the following information to hand:

  • Your Address and Telephone Number.
  • The date and time that your Cat was last seen.
  • The place your cats was last seen.
  • Your cats' Name, Sex, Breed, Age and Colour.
  • 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.


Our Advice

We hope the following tips and advice will soon help to reunite you with your Cat.

  • Please report your cat missing as soon as possible in order to maximise the chances of finding it. You can report it by ringing us on 0845 371 2718 or e-mailing us. If you have a photograph of your cat then you can e-mail this to us and we will include it on the Lost and Found Register.
  • Look in all rooms, cupboards, boxes, large appliances (washing machines, etc), hedgerows, sheds, garages, gardens, lofts and vehicles. Ask your neighbours to do the same.
  • Check the "Lost and Found" section of all local newspapers or put an advertisement in with details of your missing cat.
  • Contact all local vets to see if your cats has been handed in as they have lost and found lists.
  • Contact other animal shelters and pet rescue centres in the local area
  • Cats do not normally range too far from their home territories so quickly print plenty of "Lost Cat" posters (with a photo and reward if possible) and put them through letterboxes in the local area. Trees and lamp posts may also be used but letterboxes are far more efficient. Also, put the posters in local Vets, Shops, Newsagents, Pubs, Takeaways, Surgeries, Care Homes and other suitable local premises where plenty of people will see them.
  • Contact the RSPCA on (0121) 426 6777 and the Helpline for Petsearch (UK) on (01562) 883 997. Ring the Street Cleansing Department of your local Council as they keep records of all animals they pick up.
  • If your cat is chipped notify the microchip company. (Always make sure you inform them of any change to your address)
  • Widen your search area in case that the cat has got into a vehicle
  • Register your cat on the below websites. All these sites are FREE; 
  • When you do find your cat, please inform any organisations that you told about its disappearance so that they know to stop looking.

Most importantly Do not give up hope – some cats are found weeks or even months after they first went missing !