Living with a Shy Cat Thursday 15 June 2017 @ 09:41

MistyIf there’s one thing that gets our tails in a twist, it’s hearing the term “scaredy cat” used as an insult! There’s nothing wrong with being a little shy every now and then, and a cat’s survival instinct is one of the things that makes them the unique little creatures we have come to love. Take Misty, for example. Misty is our current sponsored pet with Hunter Animal Rescue, and she’s a deeply affectionate little girl who can be a little shy from time to time. It’s one of the (many) things we love about her!

For Misty, being shy just means she can take a little while to settle into a new home, and that’s fine. It’s when your cat seems constantly on-edge, feels the need to hide and is unable to build trust with its family that you may need to worry. Most of us will have come across a cat with this level of shyness before, either as a pet of a friend or part of our own family. These special cats are often particularly common in pet shelters, either having been abandoned in frustration or converted into a shy cat through the stressful experience of living in an animal shelter.

White Brown Short Fur Cat Walking Near Boy in Brown Black Short Sleeve Shirt Riding White Red Toy If you’re thinking about adding a new furry friend to your family, it is vital that you put a great deal of thought into the type of cat you choose. Some cats are fearless and full of beans, and will fit in perfectly to a home with dogs, action, noise and children. Some cats, however, can be a little more sensitive.

A cat can be shy for any number of different reasons. Perhaps she was abused by a previous owner, or experienced a traumatic event. Maybe she wasn’t properly socialised in the first few weeks of her life. Some cats even have a genetic predisposition towards being particularly timid.

Unsurprisingly, shy cats tend to thrive in fairly calm, quiet homes more often than they do in rowdy households full of parties, shouting, children and dominant pets. If you know you’re dealing with a timid cat, it’s best to avoid sudden movements and loud noises, and it’s definitely important that the family dog doesn’t try to chase or roughhouse even if he is only playing!

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileNever leave a new cat on her own with other pets until you’re absolutely certain the pets are comfortable with - and no threat to - each other.

Importantly, if your cat is prone to running away and hiding, you mustn’t ignore these behaviours. This most likely is not a behaviour that will go away over time, and your cat doesn’t simply need to “get used to” the things she fears. The more times it happens, the more time she’ll spend hiding, and the more difficult it will be to calm her down.

Whether or not they’re particularly shy, cats are generally sensitive to new experiences such as new sounds, smells, routines, tastes and environments. These are all things that you’ll need to take into consideration when you bring home a new cat, or if you need to send your current cat to live with someone else for a short while.

CatOften, you can make these changes a little easier for your cat to handle by setting up a special living space, even if it’s only for the first week-or-so. Try arranging her litterbox, toys, food and bedding in a spare bedroom or other unused (or at least lesser used) space, and don’t let guests bother her too much. This method will let her get used to her new conditions in her own way, at her own pace. As your cat gets used to her surroundings, you can introduce her to all of your family members one by one, making sure to keep these meetings quiet and calm.

Just like you and me, every cat is an individual and will grow and learn at its own unique speed. If it feels like it’s taking too long for your cat to overcome its shyness, don’t be discouraged! Just keep working together and your cat will be your best bud in no time at all.

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

CarlosCarlos
“was contacted on the site.”

Billy


Billy
“Billy jumped onto a person's arm in the area. His sister looked for lost parrots in Lane Cove and saw the listing. We just picked Billy up and couldn't be happier.”


NalaNala
“**UPDATE - NALA IS FOUND **

Nala was hiding in a shed.
She was too scared to make a sound for 6 days!

Thank you to the couple that saw my post and checked their house and shed.
It took me a few times calling her name for her to come out of hiding.
Please remember to check your houses and sheds for missing pets. This is a success story

Thank you to the whole community for helping me in my search for my fur baby.
She is so happy to be home. She hasn't stopped meowing!”

Simba


Simba
“his dady spent six hours roaming the streets to find him, 8 cats and one bunnie rabbit later he found him :) but the comfort of knowning a service like this exisits and the tips it gave on locating a cat were really valued”


RoxyRoxy
“It was reassuring to feel others a part of the search. Thanks to Bec for her sighting....which turned out not be Roxy. After 5 anxious days Rox came home overnight. She is so timid her disappearance was unusual and distressing. I will now be vigilant and regularly check with LPF to support others.”

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Pet of the Month: Misty Monday 05 June 2017 @ 10:36

MistyOver the past few months, our main points of discussion on the blog have been caring for rescue pets with abusive previous owners and how to properly care for long-haired cats. These topics were chosen in honour of two pets we have sponsored, Russia and Lucy.

Russia and Lucy were pets we got the chance to sponsor with Hunter Animal Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to find new forever-homes for pets who have been abandoned and are now facing euthanasia. This is an extraordinary charity, where all of the pets rescued are cared for in foster homes rather than pounds, so that they can get all the love and attention they deserve before they even get paired with their new families.

For June, we’re sponsoring Misty - a female domestic medium hair who is fairly small at 2 years of age. Misty is an affectionate girl, if a little shy. Like many cats, her favourite things to do are people-watching and hanging out in sunny spots. While it can take Misty a little while to settle into a new home, she wastes no time in growing attached to new family and friends and will show you her heart in no time.

MistyLike Russia, Misty is pretty fluffy and will need a family who are happy to brush her every now and then - but you can find information on how to do that in our March post. Her adoption fee is $150, but that price does include microchip, worming and flea treatments, vaccinations and desex. HAR are hoping to find a family who can keep Misty as an indoor cat so that she’ll be safe, warm and out of trouble.

For Misty, the ideal home would be one that is loving and affectionate, but understanding of her shy nature. Once she gets used to you Misty is a big fan of pats and cuddles, but she may take some time to get used to a new social grouping. She is absolutely fine around children (within reason!) and is happy for the kids in her current foster home to pick her up and carry her for short periods of time.

White Brown Short Fur Cat Walking Near Boy in Brown Black Short Sleeve Shirt Riding White Red Toy Misty has the potential to be a great friend for all of your children, be they human or otherwise. She currently lives in a foster home with a puppy and is slowly coming to the realisation that not all dogs are bad. While she has gradually overcome her fear of dogs, though, it’s important to keep in mind that it can take her some time to get to know a new dog.

As well as dogs and humans, Misty is happy to play the role of the social butterfly when it comes to her fellow felines. She had a tendency towards being a little standoffish when she was nursing kittens, but ever since she has been relinquished from this duty she gets great enjoyment from meeting and playing with other cats, whether they’re your own family pets or neighbourhood explorers.

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileIf you’re interested in getting to know Misty a little better, you can check out her profile on Hunter Animal Rescue’s website. You can also find application forms on this site which you can send to her foster carer.

Misty is currently staying at PetQuarters Broadmeadow - go meet her while you have the chance!

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

MalMaloooo
“Thank you to everyone who shared Maloo's alert. We would not have found her if it wasn't for you. She's home and happy now.
Thank you again, Karl”

Bronx


Bronx
“Having the access that lost pet finder had made it a lot easier finding Bronx. Thank you for the Help.”



BjarneBjarne
“Thank you to all those people who helped by searching. He was found up a tree in a backyard many doors down. He was not overly hungry. He was not there long as they have a very large dog. We left a trail of litter from last sighting a few streets away last night. I believe he was here at 7am - I heard something on our screens but could not find him. He went off again- but was in the street.
He is not sick, so that is s relief. He must have built his strength now.
Your service is wonderful and do efficient. Alerts and posts within thd hour. If will be the first and only place I go next time.”

Jayjay


Jayjay
“The people that found check social media and that's how that got in contact with me to bring my baby home. So thank you as I was so freaked out I didn't know what to do and ur site helped me put the right actions in place.”

PabloPablo
“Followed your advice and went looking around neighbours yards at dusk. Heard him answer his name, now safe at home!”

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Why is my pet behaving oddly after storms? Monday 15 May 2017 @ 08:57

catThe weather can affect everyone differently, even once it seems as though everything should be back to normal. This point remains true not only for humans, but for our furry friends too. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed how we can keep our pets warm and safe during a storm, and some of the best ways to keep an eye on them in the event of an evacuation. Today, we want to talk about how a storm can influence your pet’s behaviour even after the weather improves.

Storms can make a whole lot of changes to your pet’s world, which can lead to a great deal of confusion. In extreme weather, the familiar landmarks and scents by which your pet navigates his world can be altered by the rain or wind. Think about our post about the magical item that is your dog’s nose:

“Sometimes it’s hard to understand how dogs can relate to the same world so differently to us, but dogs are built to interpret the world through their sense of smell. Dogs rely on their sense of smell as much as we rely on our vision.”

Short Coated Dog Between Wooden BoardsA massive amount of your dog’s brainpower is devoted entirely to interpreting the smells that surround him. While humans have a seemingly generous 6 million sensory receptor sites in our nasal cavity, our dogs hold over 100 million receptor sites, with the part of their brains dedicated to analyzing scents around 40 times larger than that of a human. So you may think your dog smells bad sometimes, but he actually smells somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than you do! A dog’s sense of smell is so powerful that, should he go blind, he will be able to adjust to his new world with significantly greater ease than a human.

Stories are shared often of pets who have managed to find their own way home from from incredible distances, but did you know that this homing instinct relies on their sense of smell? Dogs have a peculiar superpower that allows them to move each of their nostrils independently, allowing them to identify easily the direction from which an odor is coming. This means they can use their noses like their very own built-in compass!

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileCat owners needn’t worry, however! As Lost Pet Finders user Bryna discovered, our feline friends also have a knack for tracking down their families:

“As it turns out, the night Chloe wandered off and didn’t come back, she managed to find her way back to their old house. The family had moved two streets over last October, and it would appear that Chloe was missing her old home. Discovering another cat had taken over her territory, Chloe had taken it on herself to reclaim what was once her land!”

dog, garden, outsideWith the landmarks changed and identifying scents removed, you will need to be extra-careful for some time after the storm to keep an eye on your cat and take note of any signs of stress or confusion. Similarly, when you take your dog for a walk, be sure to keep him on his leash until you are certain he feels familiar with his environment. Something as minor as a shrub or an old pot you had completely forgotten about might have been your pet’s only way of telling his home apart from any other. With it gone, you may as well have remodelled your entire home as it could be completely unrecognizable.

When you are confident that your pet has grown accustomed to his altered world, you should still exercise great care when you allow him outside. Your neighbourhood may have suffered more damage than you realise, and you can trust children and pets to discover any dangerous changes in the most painful ways possible. After a storm, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) advises that you “beware of damaged power lines, bridges, buildings, trees, and don't enter floodwaters.”

White and Tan English Bulldog Lying on Black RugAlways keep in mind that while a storm may have been simply inconvenient for you, it might have been traumatising for your pet. In this case, your pet’s coping techniques may be very different to yours. Following a storm an animal will sometimes feel as though their territory has been invaded and grow defensive or aggressive as a result. Try your best to be as patient as your can with this behaviour, and try to be aware of it until you’re sure your pet can be trusted outdoors.

If you follow these tips and your pet still goes missing after a storm, be sure to create a Pet Listing on Lost Pet Finders and check out our other pet-finding tips. Don’t panic: often, animals that go missing during or after major storms can still reappear a few weeks later.

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

simba


Simba
“his dady spent six hours roaming the streets to find him, 8 cats and one bunnie rabbit later he found him :) but the comfort of knowning a service like this exisits and the tips it gave on locating a cat were really valued”


maxMax
“The flyer was a great way to spread the word. We met many people walking around the neighborhood who had grabbed my number just in case they spotted Maxi.”

sox


Sox
“Sox has come home. Thank you for a wonderful service was reassuring to know that people in the area were made aware of my missing cat and nice to get some emails wishing me luck. Thank you”


amarniAmarni
“I had a lovely woman message me at 5:39 in the morning because she had noticed a dark cat that she doesn't usually see around run past her drive way and she called me incase the slight chance it was Amarni and it turns out it was, he had been running away back to our previous house that was only two streets away from our adress we are at now.”

millieMillie
“Along with the help of some locals who were alerted by LostPetFinders and a LOT of letterbox drops within a 1km radius, Millie was reported found to us by a lady to whom I dropped the third-last leaflet one km away :)
We are overjoyed.
She is injured and not eating yet, but we have only just come home from the vet moments ago.
My heart goes out to all those people who are missing their beloved animals. The pain for us was excruciating. Thank you Tony for your encouragement and your advice, and to the kind neighbours who phoned and texted me and urged me not to give up.”

by Tabitha Buckley on May 13

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How do I keep my pet safe during an evacuation? Monday 08 May 2017 @ 08:20

Tan Pug Covered With Brown BlanketWhen the weather gets stormy, it becomes extra-important that we keep our furry friends as safe as we possibly can. Last month we discussed how to keep pets safe and happy during a storm, but sometimes that just isn’t enough: When the storm gets bad, it’s time to evacuate. As we’ve already discussed, a house that isn’t safe for you and your family is equally unsafe for your pets. We know that there are lots of great places for pets to stay - friends’ homes, animal hotels, friends’ homes and animal control centres, for example - but we need to do more than knowing these things. We need to be prepared.

First of all, we can’t know exactly where we’ll be when a storm hits. If you happen to be at home at the time, that’s very fortunate: you can find out if you need to evacuate and put your evacuation plan into action. If you are away from home, however, and can’t get back in time, you need to know in advance who you’ll call to secure your pets until it’s safe for them to go home. Make a point of knowing some of your neighbours and arranging in advance to look after each other’s pets when necessary.

catWhoever ends up with the responsibility of looking after your pet will need to have access to your home and a spare key, so make sure it’s someone you know you can trust! They’ll also need to be familiar with where they can find your pet and how to handle him, so your pet also needs to have a bond with - or at least trust - this person.

A healthy pet is a happy pet. This is why experts at the National Hurricane Centre advise that pets should be kept up-to-date on all of their immunisations and paperwork. In fact, some shelters even require proof that your pet has had all of his vaccinations before they will offer you a place. To avoid the risk of your pet running off, make sure that his collars, leashes and carriers are perfectly strong and secure, and that your pet has all of his necessary identification on him at all times. And in case the worst happens and your pet does go missing, also make sure that you have a recent photograph of them so that you can make posters, ask around or make a post on Lost Pet Finders!

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileDon’t let the first time you do all of this be during an evacuation. In order to carry out a smooth, safe and successful evacuation, you’ll want to try a few evacuation drills so that your pet can get used to the process and won’t panic too much when disaster strikes. Check that your pet’s carrier is big enough to travel safely. Even if they don’t have enough room to play and explore, they should at least have space to stand and turn around. It might seem like a lot of preparation, but it’s worth it if it means you don’t have to allow for a stroppy and uncooperative pet when you’re already short on time.

White and Black Short Coat Puppy on Black Window Car((Blogger’s note: If your animal is one which can’t be evacuated or sent somewhere safer easily - for example horses or other farm animals - you may have to leave them at home. In these scenarios, if the storm poses a risk of high winds and airborne debris, your animal companion’s best chance at surviving will be if you let them out of their barn or stable so that they can’t get trapped.))

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

LilyLily
“Thankyou so much for the service, your support and valuable advice meant we were doing all the right things to find our cat so when she was spotted, everyone involved knew what to do!”

Barbie


Barbie
“Thanks so much for all the shares everyone! Members of Lostpetfinders saw a found listing on Facebook and messaged me!
Glad I joined the network and can also help others have their happy ending in the future!”

Sissymama MissySissymama Missy
“My girl and I have been reunited thanks to this service. Members of the community alerted me to her location and I was joyous to have her back, thanks so much, without this service I would be still looking for her”

Arlo



Arlo
“your service was great my friend seen my listing”


RhoRho
“Thank you for all your help and the wonderful reaction from the community. Rho came strolling in this morning, nonchalant about the stress he caused.”

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How do I make sure my pets are safe during storms? Sunday 23 April 2017 @ 09:38

CatDuring a stormy season, it is vital that you have a plan to help you keep your family safe and happy at all times. This means every family member: whether they have two or more legs, fur or feathers, hands or paws. In short, don’t forget to include your pets in your preparations for severe weather.

If you find yourself anticipating a cyclone or storm, you need to stop seeing your pets as independent characters and start recognising that they are domestic creatures who rely on you for protection. Be safe and considerate, but also be patient. Many animals are strongly attuned to unusual weather and can grow agitated before we even notice the first signs of the storm.

In light of recent storms, we’ve put together a few tips on keeping your cuddly companions as safe and happy as possible when it becomes time to set up a base in your own home or begin an evacuation.

Tan Pug Covered With Brown Blanket:What do I do if I decide to stay home during the storm?

If you decide your best plan is to stay at home and weather the storm, you’ll need to keep your pet as calm as you possibly can. Pets are very good at sensing and imitating their owner's mood and behaviours, so you must make sure to remain calm and comforted yourself before trying to help them. Once you’re ready, it’s time to pet them, cuddle them and reassure them - doing this can also have the effect of soothing you, so this is extra-important!

Soothing storm-related anxiety can become a little easier if you take the time to set up a safe-zone for your pet in your home. Depending on the type of space you have available, this can be anything as compact as a snug crate or as generous as a small room towards the centre of your house. If your house has a basement, this would be perfect as the storm will be less noticeable below ground.

CatWith your safe-zone ready, your next step should be to try and distract your pet from the stress of the storm, especially where other excitable animals are involved. Turn on the TV or radio to something that your pet finds soothing - calming music or gentle viewing - and close your curtains if you can. Don’t make your pet sit through the storm on their own: feed them, cuddle them, play with them and make sure they know you appreciate their good behaviour.

Remember that it is NEVER a good tactic to punish your pet’s bad behaviour during times of stress, such as storms. A storm is frightening for everyone, but especially for those who do not entirely understand what is happening around them. Your pet isn’t being scared, jumpy or anxious just to annoy you. They simply don’t have the variety of ways to vocalise concerns that we do.

What do I do if I decide to evacuate?

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileIf you have somehow come to the conclusion that leaving your pet at home when it’s not even safe enough for you to stay there, try to give it a little more thought. Although they may seem like it at times, our pets are not superheroes. If your house isn’t safe for you, it definitely isn’t safe for them!

Trying to evacuate yourself, your family and your pets in a time of crisis may seem like a disaster waiting to happen, but it’s actually very manageable. Animal control centres, friends’ homes, special pet shelters and even animal hotels (if you feel like really treating your pet to a luxury evacuation) are all potential safe spaces for your pets to stay until the storm is over.

Make sure you bring your pet to their place of refuge with all of their necessary equipment: their cage or carrier, plenty of food, a bowl to eat from, information about specific care requirements, bin bags and old newspapers to keep the place clean, any medications they need along with information on dosage, their leash and their collar with all of the proper identification and information attached. It may sound like a lot of stuff, but it’s worth it for peace of mind. Above all ensure you and your family are safe.

Reunions

Our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

Chinook Nanook and ZuniChinook Nanook And Zuni
“Although Pets Lost did not directly help, the checklist of things was a great guide in what to do. Also, it was obvious from the Facebook coverage that it did get out to a number of people. Small dollars well spent!”

ToecutterToecutter
“Thankyou so much lost pet finders !!
Your alerts helped immensely
Toecutter was seen on site and through alerts.
Thankyou also to the awesome girls who promptly rang me and reunited our boy.
Very much appreciate all the help and so happy and relieved to have toecutter home.”

BlossomBlossom
“The advice you gave to put up flyers in the immediate area ASAP and to keep calling her name whilst doing so, helped as it was whilst I was walking down the back lane 500m away from where Blossom was lost, that I heard a familiar meow coming from a back lane garage in the distance. We finally got her out of there and a jumpy but repentant Blossom followed me back home :) I'm so happy to have my darling cat back.”

Miley


Miley
“Found on lost pet finders in 2 hours, thank you”



ArchieArchie
“This evening we got the call he turned up in the local area to where he was lost. The story given, truth or not is irrelevant - hes back with loved ones and thats all that matters.
Did LPF help, you bet. Everyone of the many who helped spread the word and got Archie's disappearance out there to the many eyes, ears and snouts are responsible for bringing him home. Thanks cant begin to express the gratitude. A very happy family member of Archie's!
Tim”

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