Lost a cat?
The first thing to do is to check your home and garden. Your cat might be hiding in the unlikeliest of places - from cupboards to sheds. Speak to your neighbours as well as any delivery people - they might have seen your cat. If your cat has not turned up, take a look at our tips and tricks below to intensify your search:
1. If your cat has a favourite toy, try leaving it in your garden
2. Cats have a strong sense of smell - leave out a regular blanket or bedding to entice your cat out of hiding you could try rubbing the blanket on places you know your cat goes or familiar places such as the front door
3. You might find your cat is more active at night, especially during hotter weather so may not always return home as they normally do. Go out with a friend or family member when it is dark and call for your cat by name
4. Bang their food bowl or try shaking biscuits or dry food packaging to attract their attention with sounds that are familiar to them
5. Leave a bowl of water out and some food. A tasty treat such as tuna might be enough to bring your cat home
Cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble. Putting up flyers and advertising on social media are good ways to get the message out that your cat is missing.
If your cat is microchipped and the chip is registered contact the microchip company directly to see if anyone has located your cat. This may prove extremely useful if you have not recently updated your contact information with the microchip company and therefore they have not have been able to get in contact with you.
When you have been successfully reunited with your cat, if your cat is not microchipped please have them microchipped as soon as possible. If you require advice or more information on this please contact us
Found a cat?
If the found cat is friendly, you might be able to check for an identification tag - if it belongs to someone, give them a call and let them know you have found their cat. You could take the cat to your nearest vet to scan for a microchip, or call us for advise.
It is also a good idea to advertise the cat you have found using flyers or social media sites.
You could use a paper collar to put around the cats neck to make others aware Cats Protection are aware of the cat. We can provide you with a paper collar - you can request one by email please contact us
For help and advice on a missing cat or a cat you have found please contact us by email here providing us with as much detail of the cat, location and photograph if possible.
For further information on lost, found, feral or stray cats and helpful checklists for lost and found cats please click here