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Find Your Lost Cat: 8 Tips

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

 

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Losing a pet can be a very painful and worrisome experience.  Having lost (and found) a couple cats myself, I wanted to share what has worked for me. 

Post sign on posts within 1 mile:  Include a picture of your pet, a contact number, and a reward if you are offering one.  Make sure it is visible to cars passing by, and large enough print for people to see that is says Lost Cat.  This will assure that many more eyes will be looking for your cat

Jingle the cats food bowl or favorite toy:  Some cats come running when they hear the sound of food being poured into their bowl, or the jingle on a favorite toy.  

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Walk barefoot around the block:  If your cat is new to the area and may not be able to “smell” its way home, your scent may be able to lead your cat back to your home. 

Search nearby with flashlight:  Cat’s reflective eyes may make it easier to spot them with a flashlight.  Whether its under a car, or behind a bush, the flashlight will help you see a cat’s eyes shining back at you and make them easier to spot in dark places.  Since cats are nocturnal, they may be more likely to be out and about at dusk or at night. 

 

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Inform neighbors:  Go to your immediate neighbors and inform them you lost your cat – it could be hiding in or around their house.  Any neighbors or kids who spend a lot of time outdoors near your house may be able to spot your pet.  Also, inform neighbors who may have a higher vantage point than you (ones with balconies, apartments on the third floor).  They may have a bird’s eye view and will be more likely to spot your cat wandering around.

Jingle the cats food bowl or favorite toy:  Some cats come running when they hear the sound of food being poured into their bowl, or the jingle on a favorite toy.   

Check the local shelter:  Someone may have picked up your cat and brought it to the shelter.  Some shelters post cats online, so you can search to see if your cat is there.  If you don’t spot your cat online, head in to do a check in person – maybe they haven’t had time to post it to the website. 

Put an ad on craigslist:  Put an ad with a picture of your cat on craigslist.  Under the Community section you can post in “Pets” or “Lost and Found”.  You may get many false alarms but it can help if someone finds your cat and checks the Lost Ads online.

I hope that these tips give you more avenues to find your cat.   Don’t give up hope and employ the help of others to find your much loved pet.   


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