REUNION OF THE DAY: Tony the cat lost in Melbourne VIC Friday 01 June 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Tony the cat lost in Melbourne VIC

"Thank you so much for the support you give to us. I am really grateful and feel luck that Tony came back. I would like to share the story Tony's return. I really hope that other people who lost their cats can learn from our experience.

The last time we saw Tony before his missing is around 3:00pm, Saturday afternoon, the 6th May. We have 3 cats, and they are all indoor cats. Tony and Jethro are only turned 1 year old. Alex is still a baby.

We occasionally let Tony and Jethero out for half day on weekends when my husband works in the backyard. Normally, they will want to go back inside the house after a couple of hours. But last Saturday, we saw Tony walking on the fence towards front yard around 3:00pm, then never seeing them again.

We started to call them when sun started to go down, but with no luck. So we searched neighbour area, call their names, but they never came back. We did the search and calling around 9:30 pm, then 11:00pm, no result. We put the cats sleeping bed out in front door, and food bowls out side back door. It was about midnight, my husband went out for last try, he heard a very faint bell in our neighbour's front yard, he went to call the cats name, Jethero came out, tried to sniff his hand but startled by some noise and ran away again.

He quickly came back and get Jethro's food bowl with some food. When the second time he went to call Jethro with the food, the cat came to him and sniffed him, so huby scooped him up, brought him back. But Tony still was nowhere to be seen.

Jethero is a timid cat, he is easy to be scared and always hides. On the contrary, Tony is always buoyant, adventurous, brave, and always seems to be able to protect himself. He probably just wants to wonder around a bit. So we thought he could be alright over on night. He would come back Sunday morning.

However, by 10:00am Sunday morning , there was still no sign of Tony, I felt really heavy in my heart. In the end, Tony is an indoor cat, he never wondered out of our property. He is not experienced, if something had scared him, fear would get the best of him and driven him away from home, he could be disoriented.

So we started the search again. We spent all day walking about the area and streets, calling Tony's name, knocking on neighbours' doors. We did that about every 1~2 hours but without luck. By 12:00 pm midnight, I was exhausted and lost hope. I couldn't sleep. I went out around 1:00am, couldn't call out, so I used his food bowl making knocking sound and make noises with my mouth as well.

I believe that I stirred up all the cats in our neighbourhood. I even got another cat came out talked to me for a couple of minutes. By then, I believed that Tony wasn't nearby and totally lost. I remembered that I read on internet that somebody suggested to search lost pet at around 3:00~4:00am, the quietest time, so the lost pet can hear your voice better.

As the last effort, I went out at around 4:00am, knocking the food bowl and called his name quietly at every inter section in our area and waited a couple of minutes. When Tony didn't turn up, I gave up and went back home around 5:00am.

6:00am Monday morning, we got up to prepare for my daughter for school; and I opened the back screen door (timber door never closed over the past 2 nights just in case he came back, scratching and we cannot hear him) had a last look without any hope in my mind. Its like a miracle, I heard this weak and faint meow on the side of the house, I shout out: 'Tony!'.

Hear he was, timid and hesitated he looked up to me and started to wobbly move towards the door. I scooped him up. He lost a lot of weight in just 2 days. he looked nervous, exhausted and scared. His front paws' skin were ripped off, though the nails seemed intact. I think he must run a long way home. Or probably not far but had to zigzaged a long way to find home. It must be the last round calling at 4:00am worked the miracle. The faint sound and faint hope brought him home.

What I want to say to the fellow owners who lost their pets is that never give up hope. Always try at night or really early morning to search for them. As long as they can hear you, they will come back. They can hear a long way. You need to let them know where is the lighthouse and guide them to come back home.

I apology for my English, which is not my native language. I hope what I write is understandable and can help a bit. Thanks again and kind regards" - Ying

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC Friday 11 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC

"Our Ziggy boy is a Russian Blue cat and is 2 (human) year’s young. He is a beautiful, loving and smoochy cat who loves sleeping lots and playing with out Minature Groodle dog Ginger.

He usually stays close to our house but must’ve got curious early one morning and took a stroll. Ziggy didn’t come home at all that day so I knew something wasn’t right. I signed up to Lost Pet Finders (LPF) that very night before I went to bed and posted to all the local & City missing pet sights in the hopes of getting good news in the morning.

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Ziggy was found by a local neighbour on another road about 350 meters / 4 minute walk from where we live almost a week (day 6) after he went missing. They heard his cries beside their house and they fed him (he was starving) and then went door knocking to see who’s family he belonged to.

Another neighbour recognised Ziggy from the picture of the flyer I made posted to our local lost pets group and she messaged me via Facebook to check. I couldn’t believe our luck! They also took him to their local vet in the evening & I picked him up and took him to the animal emergency clinic for assessment.

Unfortunately Ziggy was hit by a car and has a broken leg. He is very lucky to be found alive and now we’re following our local vet’s instructions on his recovery which will take 6+ weeks.

The social media really helped find Ziggy and the LPF website was so quick & easy to use. I was able to just copy the link & post to wherever I needed. The general updates, useful tips & encouragement I got was really helpful & helped me stay focused rather than crying and being in a sickening state of anxiousness and helplessness all the time.

I went out looking every day for Ziggy, did flyer drops and called for him early & late every night, left his litter box and bed out front and asked the angels to bring him home. I was a bit limited about when I could look having a 6 month old to look after but I took our dog & bubby out every day for a stroll and walk looking & calling for Ziggy and never gave up.

However if I had done the 3am scout of all the streets within a 500 metre radius I might well have found him much sooner because he was injured so he might’ve been hiding somewhere not far from the road.

We’re now going to invest in a cat enclosure so he can’t escape our backyard and will be dropping off thank you cards to our neighbours who found him and cared enough to help him and get him home. Thanks" - Niomi

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC Thursday 10 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC

"I would like to thank everyone who shared and offered their well wishes for Oliver. We have been so worried about him, being 16 years old and never a wanderer we couldn't imagine what had happened to him.

On Sunday we visited the shelters again and I was starting to feel very despondent that not only would we never see him again, that he may be in a dire situation wondering why 'mum' wasn't helping him.

We couldn't believe it when Oliver walked into the garage last night, he most likely was locked in a shed/ garage by the condition he is in. We did the knocking on doors etc...but was unable to locate him.

Oliver was taken to the vet last night as he has an abscess and has lost a significant amount of weight. He is there on a drip and awaiting test results to make sure he is well enough to come home.

We had just moved to Melbourne from interstate, and ourselves are not familiar with the area. I think the lost pet finder is a very good service as it got the message out to a wide area that he was missing, and when a cat is lost the wider the area that knows the cat lost can really help.

We are so thankful he is home and to the wonderful people who shared his post and offered well wishes and to our neighbours who kept an eye for him.

The vet has just given the all clear for Ollie to come home, so time to build his strength up and give him lots of cuddles and love. Warm regards." - Karin

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Rajah the cat from Sydney NSW Tuesday 01 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Rajah

"Raji is a tabby/white DSH from the Cat Protection Society, he is 7 and I have had him since he was 2 months old. I adopted him a couple of weeks after my first cat, Joseph died, as I was suffering terribly from 'empty arms syndrome' and couldn't bear not having that beautiful little soul around the house.

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I let him out into the garden for a run in the fresh air as usual on Friday night, thinking that the garden is secure and he has never once escaped all his life. However, this time, somehow, and we still don't know how, he did get out. I closed the back door behind him to avoid him bringing in mice, as he has recently started doing - again, he has never done this before a few weeks ago. Not sure if it is the long hot summer, but we have had a lot more mice lately.

When he disappeared I felt shock, disbelief, fear that he had eaten a mouse that had been poisoned and crawled away somewhere in pain, or to die. Then huge grief - I can't recall the last time I cried so much.

I walked around the neighbourhood many times to look for him. Concentrated on any out-of-the-way hiding places he could be and drains, dark corners, etc. Told the neighbours and asked them to keep an eye out. I added his details to your website and made missing posters and stuck them up around the neighbourhood. It all felt pretty futile as he could have been anywhere but I (and my housemate) were so upset, we had to do something to keep ourselves busy.

Neighbours looked for him, even locals we didn't know did the same. Strangers who saw me sticking up posters empathised and wishes me well.

It helped me to know I was doing all I could and the FB messages I got from a few people were very sweet - some shared my post with other FB sites too. Some people talked about having found their missing pets and that gave me some hope.

A few people (including you) suggested I look for him in the night time when it is quiet and I have a better chance of hearing him miaow and he had a better chance of hearing me call him. I went out around the neighbourhood at midnight and found him in the back lane, close to home, tired and hungry but otherwise fine.

I am so grateful that I could ask the broader community for help, knowing many eyes were better than just mine and know that the message about his disappearance was getting out there.

I was so touched by the people on the FB page who shared my post and sent their good wishes. It's wonderful to think that so many people love animals and understood what I was going through. So, thank you again." - Alex

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Sophie the lost cat from Brisbane QLD Friday 20 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Sophie the lost cat from Brisbane QLD

"I adopted Sophie probably about 4 years ago. As she is an adopted cat, we guessed her age now to be about 7-8 years old. Sophie is an indoor cat only. So she’s not equipped to be outside.

Anyway, I came home from work tonight, and couldn’t find her. She would normally greet me at the front door but she wasn’t there. I looked for her everywhere around the house, and couldn’t find her. She must have slipped out the door when I left for work this morning.

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Sophie the lost cat from Brisbane QLD

I left around 7am and by the time I get home at 5pm, she would have been outside by herself for a good 10 hours. I panicked. I called rspca, called local vets, called the council, register her as a missing pet to several different organisations including LPF.

I did get a call from the council about an hour later, and said there’s a cat nearing Sophie’s description found about a suburb away. I spoke to the lady over the phone, and she tried to keep the cat there for me. I drove there, but the cat had gone away again.

But the lady was very nice, she talked to her neighbours even to people jogging down the street and asked if they’ve seen a cat. I eventually found the cat, but unfortunately it wasn’t Sophie. The cat was a local neighbours’ cat.

I went back home and walked around my area for a good 2 hours. I had her food bowl and was shaking it, calling out her name, stopping and listening carefully if I could hear her meow. I had her used litter box stationed outside the front door of my house, in case she tried to find her way back home.

And luckily, my friend came over with a great big white torch, and we found her VERY WELL HIDDEN amongst the bushes. I was standing there already with my iPhone torch for a few minutes and I couldn’t see her at all! But my friend with his big white torch was able to see her.

She’s now home safe and sound.

I would like to say thank you to LPF. Even though I didn’t find her through LPF but I must say the service was excellent. I get emails straight away, and my post was up straight away. At least alleviating my anxiety a little bit, knowing that I’m doing something and someone could literally be with her as we speak and saw the post.

If I can share my experience and what I’ve learned from it...typical cat (especially females) usually doesn’t wonder too far from home. A nice big white torch really does help and never underestimate how well a cat can hide. So when you look around the bushes, or up the tree, make sure you really really look.

And it’s better to look when it’s quiet. After traffic had died down, as you can hear the cat better and there’s a better chance the cat won’t be too scared to come out of hiding.

To everyone looking for their pet, I completely get the anxiety and sickening feeling. I hope it’s ok to say that I will pray for you and the safety of your pets." - Agnes

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chuba the lost cat in Melbourne VIC Tuesday 17 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Chuba the lost cat in Melbourne VIC

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"After five weeks of frantic searching and leaving no stone unturned I have finally found my beloved Siamese “Chuba”!!!

Thank you to lostPetfinders for all their advice and assistance and to all of you for your support and advice and well wishes. This has been a truly humbling experience. I thank each and every single one of you. This is our victory, one and all...

Chuba was found a few kilometres away from where we live by a kind and generous and loving couple who fed her and sheltered her and spend time with her and protected her until she and I could be reunited. They even organised people to come and watch out for her and feed her when they had to go away.

Looking after Chuba must’ve been a thankless and heartbreaking task because Chuba tends to be very unfriendly and very unforgiving. I have known people for years that Chuba has still not accepted and yet for some reason she found her way to this particular address and to M, a very particular person, who for some unknown and frankly unfathomable reason Chuba knew she could trust and knew would help her.

This couple went above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to safeguarding Chubas safety and our reunification and I will never be able to thank them enough for what they have done for me and my beloved Chuba... Thank you guys. And above all, thank you M. I can more than imagine how you are feeling right now. I am so sorry. Bless you.

If there is hope for me, then there is hope for EVERYONE!!! And the secret is NEVER GIVE UP. I thought Chuba and I would never see each other again because she will not go to people and will never let anybody handle her. It is a miracle she trusted M. She is like a cat-whisperer. I’m still in shock.

Anyway, through lostPetfinders I reached out to thousands and thousands of people. I issued lost pet alerts and Facebook boosts. I contacted eight different councils surrounding my local council. And golf courses and primary schools. I postered far and wide and I did letterbox drops in all the streets surrounding where we live. I contacted over 50 different veterinarians and emergency surgery clinics in my surrounding area. I Posted to Facebook. Rang all of the lost animal pounds and shelters. Used Gumtree and lostcritters and many other sites on the Internet where you can post profiles of lost pets.

I spoke to the local postman, informed local police, wedged Chubas bedding under the roof racks on my car to disperse her scent, sprinkled her kitty litter all over the front nature strip, Contacted local newspapers, spent hours walking the area calling her name and swishing and flicking one of her favourite toys so the sound would attract her... And everything else I could think, including Contacting local dog walkers and postering places of high traffic such as bus stops and supermarkets and going on dusk and dawn walks and talking to anyone I came across and letting them know personally that I was missing my cat followed by a brief description.... every single day I try to spend two or three hours doing everything I could.

Googling “ how to find a lost cat” and “ catch types and whether they go and they are lost” and so on and so forth was also enormously helpful.

Two things really stand out. One was that I spent time every day both in the earier hours and evening hours doing SOMETHING.... ANYTHING. I kept the wheels turning and I saved my tears for when the job was done. I kept my head in the game and I stayed disciplined and committed. Even though there were times when I despaired and began losing hope, I would stop myself. I would remind myself that Chuba was out there somewhere and that she needs me and that she is waiting for me an

d that she depends on me. And that it is not the time to feel sorry for myself when she is so totally dependent upon me to find her.

So I never gave up and I never stopped and I kept the wheels turning and turning...and To my shock and against all the odds with a truly difficult and skittish and frighten cat we beat the odds.

M, my and Chubas guardian angel, just so happened to alter her routine one day and to come across one of the posters I had placed increasingly further distances from my home and called me and reunited us.

Secondly, that the world is full of good and decent and loving, generous souls like M, my guardian angel, and that somewhere closer than you might think, your precious is being cared for and is hoping and waiting and praying you never give up looking for them and that you will be there soon.

Finally... it’s important to;

-Microchip your pets! And update your details if they change!

-Register your pet with your local council!

-Ask your vet EVERY VISIT to check the microchip is still working and is still detectable and hasn’t moved position!

Consider a GPS collar or a GPS implanted chip... Microchips and GPS chips are different! Microchips don’t emit signals and can’t be “located”!

-and never take anyone’s word for something and make sure you check the pounds and lost animals shelters personally and regularly!

Never allow yourself to give up.

Keep your head in the game.

Be disciplined.

Remember that they are waiting.

And that they miss you!

Now it’s off to the vet to enquire regarding GPS chips!!

I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but I’m sure I have given so many people were involved... It’s been less than 24 hours and I’m still in shock. Thank you to each and every one of you and good luck! With Warmest Regards" - Jeff and Chuba

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Pharoah the lost cat from Moreton Bay QLD Monday 16 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Pharoah the lost cat from Moreton Bay QLD

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Pharoah the lost cat from Moreton Bay QLD

"Pharaoh went missing on Easter Saturday. He had possibly gone on Good Friday - but we didn't miss him until the Saturday.

There were two possibilities about his disappearance. The first is that he was taken by someone - possibly local children - and the second is that he went somewhere and was accidentally locked in over the Easter break (perhaps if folk went away for the long weekend).

We were distraught, because he is usually an inside cat who smooches a LOT. We prayed hard, advertised everywhere, and offered a $100 reward for his return - no questions asked (this was to entice the children we suspected might have taken him).

Several people told us to put out his toilet, as apparently lost cats can smell their own boxes from a long way away, and it guides them home. I assumed that we needed a poop in the box (I don't know why I thought that), and I was worried, because there was only urine.

Even so, I put the box outside the front door on Monday Tuesday night. Pharaoh had been missing for at least 3 days, and I was despairing. It seemed to me that if he was going to come back, he would have done so. My only hope is that he was trapped somewhere and still trying to get out.

At around 3am on Wednesday morning, we heard a soft mewing. A bedraggled wet Pharaoh was asking for food. He was soaking from the rain, hungry, and traumatised. He said hello to our other animals. After he'd eaten, he wanted to snuggle into human bed and sleep.

He slept the whole day - he was in a very deep sleep and it was my opinion that he hadn't slept properly for days. My final opinion is still the same. He either went to someone's house and was accidentally locked in somewhere whilst they went away for a few days, or some children took him - in which case, he got out, or someone let him out when the children were asleep.

The tip about the dirt box was fantastic as it may have guided him home." - Pharoah

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Missy the found cat from Melbourne VIC Friday 13 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Missy the found cat from Melbourne VIC

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Missy the found cat from Melbourne VIC

Comments from Rebecca (the wonderful person who found Missy and made the reunion happen):

"I dropped some flyers with a picture of the kitten around the area that I found her, and luckily enough one of the letter boxes belonged to the kittens owner.

I made sure to ask the person to describe a detail only the owner would know about the cat (colour of her collar) so that I was sure she was going to the right person.

Lost Pet Finders were amazing I couldn’t believe how proactive the site itself was with the Pet Radar, the tips on what to do first (helped me a lot) and how many people spread the word.

As an owner of two pets myself it makes me really happy to know such a fantastic service is out there if I ever need it again. Thanks again" - Rebecca

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Push the lost cat from VIC Australia Thursday 12 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Push the lost cat from VIC Australia

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Push

"She is home! I left a comment on the facebook listing saying that she never wanders far from me and never fails to let me know where she is so last night was definitely something out of the ordinary.

She is very cuddly since she came rushing back through the door. I am still convinced she was in the tradesman's van. I believe he found her there and kept her locked up until he could drop her back this morning.

I might never know because I am actually at loggerheads with that company over a few issues and I think he might be a little scared to admit anything about Push in case it adds to my resentment of them. But if he did drop her back this morning, I am so very grateful.

I live in a semi-rural situation, so it's not as though she can just wander into another house and stay there the night. The closest house has two big dogs, she would not willingly go there; and if she had been here anywhere she would have come to my call especially at tea time.

All very strange, but a great outcome. My oldest son had just walked into the room and I told him that Push was lost. He said "She's right there". And there she was, running in through the open door, a little wide-eyed and jumpy.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and just for being there giving us somewhere to turn." - Gayle

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Turbo the cat from Brisbane QLD Australia Wednesday 11 April 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Turbo the cat from Brisbane QLD Australia

"To all the amazing people at Lost Pet Finder that shared my post far and wide in regards to our missing lynx point Ragdoll Turbo. Turbo is 3 years old and is our 5 year old granddaughters cat.

He’s a much loved part of our extended family and went missing after moving to the Northside of Brisbane at the beginning of March. Turbo went missing 4 weeks ago and we automatically started to advertise on many lost pet sites and with the RSPCA and Facebook community groups on the Northside and we also put posters up around the area.

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We’ve had an emotional time over the past 4 weeks and a very upset little girl and two boys not knowing where Turbo was or even if he was alive??? Pet finder have been wonderful in regards to continuing support and contacting me to check if we’d had an updates on turbo?

Well surprisingly last night at 6.30 I received a phone call that was the best news!!! Turbo was found and was safe inside these lovely peoples house waiting for my son to pick him up!

He’d been hanging around there on and off for a couple of days and they thought they’d check his collar and lucky we had his contact details and name on his tag!!!

Turbo went missing from Griffin and he made his way (with out being run over)??? down along the Bruce Hiway and across the pine rivers bridge all the way to carseldine , he had traveled over 10.5 klms and I have no doubt he was heading back to his old house on the Southside of Brisbane!!

He’s lost a lot of weight and a little frightened still but happy to be home and very sooky but lapping up cuddles!!

To anyone that’s missing their fur baby, please don’t give up hope and if you’ve moved to a new home have no doubt they will try to go home so advertise in those areas as well!! And be a responsible pet owner and have your pet microchiped, desexed and a collar with contact details as this is what returned Turbo to us!!

Again a huge thank you to everyone for caring enough to share our lost posts.

Small miracles do happen" - Leanne

 

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REUNION STORY OF THE DAY: Tara the cat from Melbourne VIC Australia Monday 09 April 2018 @ 13:00

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"We were very excited this afternoon to find Tara after 2 weeks missing. We had done all the things you suggested and are very grateful for your tips. The best suggestion was to letter box drop everyone in our long street and the immediate street behind. This gave us several phone calls from neighbour who said they had sightings. We did the posters, kept checking, calling etc etc.

However we found her next door! I had been out in the back yard today calling her name and shaking her tin of biscuits as this is a noise the cats recognise. I really did not think this would do anything as I had done this nearly every day since she went missing and was not hopeful.

We heard a meow and it got stronger as I called her name. Our neighbours who had already looked for her as well heard it and we both worked out finally that it was coming from under their house. We saw her through one of the floor space grills, and then via their crawl space door, I shone a torch, called her name and she came to me.

We don’t know how she got in and why she could not get out. I don’t believe she had been there for 2 weeks as we would have heard her before. She had lost her collar so I suspect something happened and she finally found her way back.

Thank you truly for your site. Your helpful emails and the support of others made a big difference.

Took her to vet today and apart from losing close to 1kg in weight vet says she is looking remarkably good for a cat lost for 14 days. I do know there are kind people out there and maybe someone left some water/food during this time for her. Otherwise how do they survive?? I know I would do this if I saw a cat/dog that looked lost.

I think this proves again for me that all cats are smart animals! It is so nice to see all the 'finally they are home' stories on your sites. Unfortunately I know there are some owners that are not so fortunate, which is very sad.

Here is a picture of Tara, this was taken after we found her yesterday." - Eileen

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Adopt, Don’t Shop! Monday 29 January 2018 @ 00:00

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At Lost Pet Finders, we believe that every pet deserves to find the home where they feel secure and happy, and this holds true whether that pet has simply lost its owners temporarily or is in need of a whole new family. This is why, when possible, we really recommend checking out your local pounds and shelters before heading to a pet store. For those based in Australia and New Zealand, here are some of the best sanctuaries to check out:

Australia

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… and of course we can’t forget our friends at Hunter Animal Rescue!

New Zealand

Now that you know where to look, here’s a quick rundown of some of the main reasons you should consider adopting your new best friend, rather than buying them.

1. What practices do you want your money to support?

If you opt for a local breeder or pet store, your money will most likely end up going straight to something like a puppy mill, an unethical business where baby animals are stored in unhygienic, cramped and clumsy setups without sufficient access to healthcare and socialization. It doesn’t matter that you plan on giving your new pet all the love in the world: Once you’ve contributed to this practice through your purchase, you won’t be able to undo that damage.

Ciarra and Keisha2. Are you interested in being a superhero?

If you adopt an animal rather than buying one from a store, you’re saving a life. In and around 3.7 million animals are euthanized annually in animal pounds and rescues because nobody has adopted them in time. The best way to save one of these lives? Give a shelter animal a home before it can be euthanized. As far as your new rescue pet will be concerned, you’ll always be a superhero.

3. You’ll get an amazing animal.

Rescue pets aren’t “broken”. Animal sanctuaries are generally filled to the brim with healthy, playful pets just waiting for their new playmate to come and find them. Most of the pets in a pound are there because of human issues like divorce or job redundancies, not because of any failing on the animal’s part. In fact, many are even better pets than the animals you’ll find in a store as they’ll already be housetrained!

White and Black Cat With Tongue Out at Daytime4. It’s a whole lot cheaper.

Penny-pinching may not be the most “romantic” reason to choose adoption over shopping, but who’s going to turn down a little financial bonus when they’re already saving an animal’s life? Buying a new dog, for example, can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000 (USD), with prices varying depending on breed. Meanwhile, opting for a rescue pet brings that price right down to between $20 and $200 (depending on the rescue you go to).

5. #RescuePet #AdoptDontShop #Cute

This is more a tiny bonus than an actual reason to adopt, but it’s still something fun to think about: Bragging rights. The only thing better than a cute selfie is a cute selfie with a dog. And the only thing better than a cute picture with a dog is a cute picture with a rescue dog. Posting the perfect picture to your Instagram account isn’t a valid reason to adopt an animal, no, but it’s definitely something you can look forward to doing once you’ve made sure you’re in a position to give a rescue pet its perfect forever home.

Animal, bark, black wallpaper6. Experienced animals are no less worthy of love.

Often, it’s the older pets you adopt who are the most loving animals because they know you’ve saved them from a bad situation. They also tend to be a little easier to deal with and a lot chiller than they would have been when they were younger. When it comes to finding the perfect pet, age is just a number. Just because the rescue animals you meet in your local pound aren’t kittens and puppies anymore, it doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to give you all the love in the world. If you give a rescue animal the happy home they’ve been looking forward to, they can finally begin to live their life.

7. Taking home an adopted pet can be easier.

If you bring a rescue pet home instead of a brand-new puppy, your household will thank you. As many of the pets in sanctuaries and shelters have had previous owners, there’s a high chance your new rescue animal will already be housetrained, allowing you to skip the potty-training phase. It also means introductions will be simpler, as they’ll already be used to meeting new people on a regular basis.

8. You won’t just be saving one animal.

If you adopt your new pet from a pound or shelter, you’ll be allowing that organisation to rescue another animal who they man not necessarily have been able to house before. When you adopt a pet rather than buying, you’ll be saving not only your pet, but also one you’ve never even met.

As amazing as rescues and sanctuaries are, they aren’t magical and their buildings do have to follow the laws of physics. They cannot take in an unlimited number of animals. As much as the charities behind pet rescues hate to turn away an animal in need, sometimes they have no choice if there’s nowhere to keep them. This means that once a shelter reaches capacity, the pets in their care either need to be adopted or euthanized before any more animals can be taken in.

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Keeping On Top of Your Kitty’s Dental Health Saturday 30 December 2017 @ 11:09

White and Black Cat With Tongue Out at DaytimeIn our last post, we met Ciarra and Keisha - two ten-year old female Birman X cats featured through Hunter Animal Rescue. These kitties need to be rehomed together with an adoption fee of $200. It’s not yet known if these friendly felines would be suited to a home with children (or birds), but they do like near-constant human interaction so they’ll be sure to give plenty of love to whoever takes them in.

Ciarra and Keisha haven’t been adopted yet, so if you’d like to meet them there’s still a chance you can - just check out their page on Hunter Animal Rescue’s website! Ciarra has recently returned from a trip to the vet and is in great condition, having only needed a descale, polish and one tooth extraction. She is well on the road to recovery by now, but in honour of our fallen comrade (Ciarra’s tooth) we thought it might be a good idea to talk a little bit about the best ways to care for a cat’s dental hygiene.

How to Spot Dental Issues in Cats

Ciarra and KeishaSevere dental diseases in cats can lead to much more serious issues if they aren’t dealt with properly, such as complications with the kidneys and heart. This is why it’s so important that you keep an eye on your cat’s teeth, and that they have access to frequent dental checks (especially for older cats). Before any of this happens, though, your cat will begin to have incredibly bad breath - a sign of advanced dental disease.

Just like our own, a cat’s teeth will slowly gather plaque over time. If this isn’t removed it will irritate the gums by turning into a harder tartar, which can cause tooth loss and gingivitis. If this happens, you may notice your cat beginning to chew on one side of their mouth, lose weight due to difficulty eating or consistently drop food out of their mouth.

The first step in preventing this is to learn how to identify potential warning signs and how to keep the teeth in the best condition possible. Symptoms other than bad breath that are worth noting include yellow-brown tartar, drooling and reddened gums.

However, some cats will refuse to show their discomfort even if they develop severe dental disease. It’s not uncommon for cats to hide their pain if they’re unwell.

If you do notice any problems with your cat’s teeth, you should take them to the vet as soon as possible. The vet will know what needs to be done, whether that’s using ultra-sonic vibration to de-scale (remove tartar and plaque) or removing any damaged teeth.

Woman in Purple Split Neck Cap Sleeve Bodycon Dress Holding Cone of Ice Cream Licked by Black Tan DogGet Your Furry Friends Used to a Cleaning Routine

In many cases adult cats will have a bigger problem with this than younger kitties, so it’s a good idea to get them started at a young age. This actually isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You can make the experience a little more pleasant for your pet by dipping your finger in tuna water first, so they come to associate the action with a pleasant taste.

Keep in mind that older cats may need their teeth cleaned more often than kittens. Try to find toothpaste that’s made specifically for cats, and rub this on their teeth and gums using some gauze or a finger cot. This is the best option. However, if your cat really won’t let you brush their teeth and becomes violent, fearful or agitated with every attempt, there are other options.

It’s possible that your vet will suggest a dental formula food. Certain vets will prescribe a special formula you can add to your cat’s drinking water to aid dental care by discouraging bacteria and breaking down plaque. You’ll just have to make sure your cat doesn’t stop drinking because of the taste of this additive, because dehydration will help nobody!

JordySome treats will contain ingredients like selenium, antiseptics, taurine and Vitamin E to try and cut down on the amount of bacteria in your cat’s mouth. There are special treats out there that have a rough texture designed to control the buildup of tartar, freshen the cat’s breath and remove plaque. Some companies have also produced dental sprays which can be squirted into your cat’s mouth every day to fight the buildup of plaque.

Foods with larger pieces, or “nuggets”, can be good at reducing plaque by getting your cat to chew more. No matter what method you use to keep your cat’s mouth clean and healthy, make sure you take them for a dental checkup at least once per year.

Examine Your Cat’s Teeth

Routine cleans and keeping a general eye out for signs of bigger problems are one thing, but the best way to make sure your furry friend has healthy teeth is to actively check them. If you have a cat who shows affection by pushing you with their head, this can make things a whole lot easier as moving their head with your hands won’t be so foreign to them.

JordyBe sure to keep your cat as relaxed as possible when you’re doing this, so that they’re more likely to allow you to do your thing.

That said, you should never just stick your finger in your pet’s mouth without making sure they’re okay with it first! Having a close bond with your cat won’t save you when they accidentally/instinctively close their mouth with your hand inside.

One way of examining your cat’s mouth is to gently lift the flaps of their gums (while they’re sitting calmly and comfortably) and gently examine the teeth you can see this way. Examine one side fully before checking the other, so that you aren’t poking your cat too many times. Things to look out for include unexpected lumps, sore-looking areas, chipped or broken teeth and discoloured gums.

While it’s unlikely you’ll be able to see their entire mouth, you should still be able to get a good idea of what’s going on.

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Pets of the Month: Ciarra, Keisha and Birman Cats. Thursday 14 December 2017 @ 08:18

JordyOver the past couple of months, the main topics we’ve been discussing have been how to go about caring for dogs with food allergies, shy cats and long-haired cats. These topics were selected in honour of three of our sponsored pets - Jordy, Misty and Russia.

These were three gorgeous pets which we were given the wonderful opportunity to sponsor through Hunter Animal Rescue, a great charity which aims to rescue abandoned pets from euthanasia and place them in their forever homes. We think that the best aspect of this non-profit is that while they’re waiting for their new families, HAR’s rescued pets don’t have to sit in a pound. Instead, they’re sent to foster homes where they get to practice being part of a big, happy family until they’re ready to be rehomed. This means they get all the love and care they need, and are more likely to be looked after properly.

For December, Hunter Animal Rescue’s Pets of the Month are Ciarra and Keisha.

Ciarra & KeishaAll About Ciarra and Keisha

Ciarra and Keisha are two ten-year-old female Birman X cats, currently in care at PETQuarters Broadmeadow. They need to be rehomed together, and the adoption fee for the pair is $200. It’s not yet known if these friendly felines would be suited to a home with children (or birds), but they do like near-constant human interaction so they’ll be sure to give plenty of love to whoever takes them in.

While it’s not recommended that these two are moved into a home with dogs, we do know that they’re fine with other cats so they may be a good choice if you’re looking for a new furry friend for your cat. A dream home for these sisters would be one where they’re kept indoors and made to feel safe and secure. They’ve already had a busy life, and are ready for a quiet, mature home!

Both cats are fully litter trained, have a fairly low activity level and require an intermediate amount of grooming, so they’re good cats to have around if you like to pamper your pets but don’t always have the energy to run after them! Ciarra and Keisha are a pair of real individuals. A chatty, personable lady, Ciarra loves to munch on her human’s hair, receive gentle pats, brushes and chin scratches, sleep on your pillow and bump you with her head.

While Ciarra is keeping busy, it’s likely Keisha will be fast asleep on your lap. Keisha is the quieter of the pair. She’ll love you just as much as her sister will, she’s just happy to let Ciarra do all the talking. Ciarra has recently come home from a trip to the vet and is in great condition, having only needed a descale, polish and one tooth extraction. She is well on the road to recovery by now, though!

Now that we know she’s in full health, she can safely be moved to a forever home with her sister without risk of bringing germs in to share with your other pets. As with any other rescue pets, Ciarra and Keisha are in need of a new home through no fault of their own. Their former owner is moving overseas, and simply can’t bring them along. The pair were brought along to Hunter Animal

Rescued as bonded sisters, and need to be rehomed together if they’re going to be happy.

What do I need to know about Birman Cats?

Ciarra and Keisha are Birman X cats, meaning a lot of their genetic information and the resulting traits have been passed down from Birmans. This is a breed that’s much loved for its reputation as a calm, mysterious and enchanting cat. They also attract a fair amount of attention with their little white-socked feet and gorgeous blue eyes, so it’s easy to see why they’re such a popular breed.

With their contrasting colours and long, soft coat, they look something like a cross between a Persian and a Siamese. Thanks to their striking features and thick coat, they can often seem much larger than they really are, appearing as massive felines when they’re really only a medium-sized cat breed. That said, we don’t actually know for sure how the Birman breed came to exist.

Where did the Birman Cat originate?

Family petAll we know is that they seem to have appeared relatively recently in Europe, most likely originating from France. The result is a playful, loving breed that can play happily with children and adults alike. Certain stories suggest that a pair of these cats were brought back from a Temple in Burma by some travellers, which is why they’re known as the “Sacred Cat of Burma”.

As we’ve already said, we can’t be entirely sure about the exact history of the Birman breed. It’s said that the earliest Birmans were a cross between a longhaired cat, most likely an Angora or Persian, and a Siamese with white paws. The Birman breed almost died out entirely during World War II, but was revived when breeders thought to breed their Birmans with Persian cats.

General Description of the Birman Cat Breed

Birman Cats will generally have a slightly cobby and somewhat heavy appearance and muscular, powerful legs. Cats of this breed have wide, large heads that are marginally longer than they are wide. Their nose is roman and intermediate length, and they’ll generally have a firm, striking chin. Birman cats can be most easily identified by their faces along with their legs, tails and ears, which will be darker than the rest of their body. These areas can be seal point (dark brown), blue, red, tortoiseshell, cream, lilac or chocolate.

They also tend to have sweet little white socks on each of their paws. They are a medium-sized breed. These cats can need a fair amount of grooming as they are a longhaired breed, but it’s well worth it for the silky, gorgeous coats they have as a result. They have next to no undercoat. The head of a Birman Cat is fairly round. Cats of this breed will have slightly slanted ears with rounded tips, and furry tufts on the inside.

The majority of a Birman Cat’s coat will be cream or white-coloured. Their tails won’t allow you to view this coat as plain, though, as they finish off the look with the most luxurious plume of fluff you’ll ever see!

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5 Things You Must Do to Find Your Lost Pet Thursday 28 September 2017 @ 08:38

Adorable dog with adult and boys We hear stories all the time from devastated families who have lost their pet and have no idea how to go about searching for them. To try and help you guys out, we’ve put together a list of five of the most important things you need to do when searching for your missing animal companion.

1. Postpone Any Unnecessary Commitments

Some things - like doctor’s appointments, funerals or graduations - can’t simply be cancelled or postponed whenever necessary. However, some things can. Laundry day, day trips and coffee dates are not as important as the life of your puppy, cat or feathered friend. If you have young kids to look after or older kids to cart to and from school, see if a friend or family member can do this for you for now.

If at all possible, it’d be very helpful to take a bit of time off work to search for your missing animal. If you have a big event that you have any chance of postponing - a wedding, a family holiday - this can wait as well. You need to give yourself as much free, flexible time as possible to look for your missing pet.

Cat with kittens 2. Start Spreading the News

To give your furry friend the best possible chance of being found, you need to get the fact that they’ve gone missing out there. Try making up posters and fliers with your contact information, information about rewards (if you can afford one) and a picture of your pet. Try to give a good, clear description of your animal so that he can be easily recognized, but do make a point of keeping one identifying characteristic a secret so that you can check if anyone claiming to have your animal is telling the truth.

With your posters ready, it’s time to spread them. Try putting them up all around the area in which they went missing. Information and fliers can be posted in town halls, animal shelters, mailbox clusters, vet offices, grocery stores - anywhere your poster can be seen by lots of people who might have relevant information. If you’ve recently moved house, you may also want to post fliers around the area you used to live, as many pets have an uncanny ability to reappear in the neighbourhoods they used to inhabit.

Tricolor Short Coat Dog Running3. Get Out There

As important as it is to have all of these extra eyes on the lookout for your missing pet, it’s also absolutely vital that you get outside yourself and call your missing animal by name. After all, your pet knows and trusts you, not all of these other strangers. It’s also a good idea to get friends and relatives - especially those who are familiar with your animal - to go out and search, canvas the community and talk to people.

Don’t try to predict where your pet will and won’t be: you don’t know, and you can’t know. All you can do is search, and the best time of day to do this is nighttime and dawn. These are the times your animal is most likely to be out and exploring because there are fewer people out and about. The reduced number of people also means it’s the time when your pet is most likely to hear you, and you’re most likely to hear your pet.

If you’re searching from your car, drive slowly while calling. Keep all of your windows rolled down and the radio turned off. Stop your car and turn off the engine every now and then to make listening easier.

Jordy4. Set up a Home from Home

If you’re keeping yourself busy searching for your missing pet, there’s a pretty high chance your house will be empty while you do this. So what happens if your missing pet decides to return while you’re out of the house?

A good way to deal with this conundrum is by setting up a home from home where your pet can stay until you return. Try placing a large cardboard box (big enough for your animal to hide in) upside down in your yard. Cut a hole in the side big enough for your animal to climb through, and cover its floor with your pet’s favourite bedding and toys.

Make sure the base of this box is weighed down enough that it won’t blow away so that this can be a safe place where your pet can wait for you. Place some water, food and a litter tray (if relevant) nearby. Not only will these creature comforts make this den a nice place to hide when your pet returns, but the scent of your animal’s toys, bedding and food may well attract them and help them find their own way home.

Ginger cat5. Register Your Pet with Lost Pet Finders

Finding your missing pet is quite literally our job. When you register your lost pet with us, you’re automatically opting in for our many free services. Once you’ve completed this registration, you’re also given an obligation-free quote which will show you how much it would cost to issue a Pet Alert in your area, which you can adjust to your liking.

The final price of your pet alert will vary depending on where you live, how large an area you wish to cover and how many people are available in the area for us to contact. If you opt into our paid services, you’ll also get the free bonus boost on your Facebook Pet Alert.

For more information on what to do if you’ve lost your pet, check out our top ten pet-finding tips, as well as our information on microchips and rewards.

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5 Mistakes Not to Make When Looking for Your Lost Pet Tuesday 12 September 2017 @ 13:03

Ginger CatWhen you’re looking for a beloved pet who’s gone missing, you’re not always going to be thinking straight. This is completely understandable - someone you care about has gone missing. You’re upset. You’re stressed. You’re going to make a few mistakes, and that’s okay. Today, we’re going to talk about 5 major mistakes that people sometimes make when searching for their missing pet. Hopefully, this will help you avoid making similar mistakes, so that you can spend more of your time searching for your pets effectively.

1. Unhelpful “Lost Pet” Posters

Of course, the hope is that you’ll never have to search for your pet with “Lost Dog” (or cat or bird) posters but if it does come to that, there are some common mistakes you should try to avoid.

First of all, you want as many people to be able to see your poster as possible so that there are lots of people keeping an eye out. Avoid using small print on your poster so that people in moving vehicles can still read it. If someone needs to pull over, slow down or squint to see what you’ve written, they won’t read it. The vast majority of people aren’t going to go out of their way to read a poster.

Second, make sure people who see your poster can make out what your pet looks like. Small, poor quality photographs are better than nothing, but what you really want is a large, high-quality image to show people what they’re looking for. A large, eye-catching image has a better chance of staying in someone’s mind, whether they want it to or not.

Finally, don’t try and fit too much writing on the poster. Only include the essential information, so that the text that matters can be displayed in large, eye-catching type.

If you register with Lost Pet Finders, we design a printable lost pet flyer, which is available for free as soon as you register your pet.

Portrait of a Smiling Young Woman With Dog2. Don’t Put All of Your Faith in a Microchip

Microchips are a spectacular piece of technology, and easily the best tool we currently have when looking for a lost pet. But pet owners can fall into the trap of putting a little too much faith in them. It’s important that you know that microchips are not foolproof.

Microchips are not GPS trackers, and cannot tell you where your pet is. Most importantly of all, microchips will only help you if you register them, something a shocking amount of people forget to do.

This technology works using radio frequency identification technology, with each chip holding its own unique serial number. If a missing pet is brought into a pound or veterinarian’s office, it’ll be scanned for a microchip. If the microchip is registered, the vet will be able to match your details to the unique code and return your pet to you. If the chip isn’t registered, there’s nothing it can do for you.

Cat & Kittens 3. Don’t Wait Too Long

It’s pretty common for a lot of pets - especially cats - to go exploring every now and then. This can make it difficult for pet owners to know if their pet is missing, or if it’s just out on an adventure and knows to return in its own time.

If you’re uncertain whether you should start searching yet, your best bet is probably to get looking. It’s better to start searching early and find out you didn’t need to, than to find out too late that you should have began your search a long time ago.

Tricolor Short Coat Dog Running4. Don’t Just Call Them

You might have the most well-trained pet on this planet, but that still doesn’t mean they’ll definitely come when you call. Being lost can be a pretty traumatic event and just like humans, your pet is capable of suffering from shock. It’s common for pet owners to rely on their pet’s ability to recognise their owner’s voice and their name, but this is often a waste of time.

A lot of humans have very similar voices, especially when heard from a distance. Our smells, however, are far more unique to us!

Jordy5. Don’t Fall for Lost Pet Scams

We love our pets, and that’s a wonderful thing. But sadly, some people might use this fact as a way of making an easy buck.

If you’re offering a reward for your missing pet and someone claims to have found them, try to find a way of verifying this person definitely has your pet before moving forward with them. Does your pet have any unique features which aren’t visible on your poster? Can you ask the person to provide a photograph of your pet?

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to be wary of anyone who expects to receive their reward money before returning your pet.

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Species-Specific Diets: Fundamentals of Feeding Your Feline Sunday 16 July 2017 @ 10:46

Mother cat feeding kittensIn our last post, we talked about how you might go about beginning to socialise your shy cat. We explained how you can use tasty snacks to encourage her to play with you, but to make sure they’re healthy: Loading your feline friend up with unhealthy treats won’t help anyone, and will just give you and your pet a whole new problem to deal with. Always make sure you’re feeding your pet a diet appropriate to their species and full of nutrients and fresh foods.

One of the key ingredients for your cat’s health is her diet. Today, we’re going to discuss some of the most important aspects of feline nutrition. Putting some time and thought into the food you give your cats can save them from suffering unnecessarily from malnutrition-related illnesses, as well as saving you from unnecessary vet bills. Our main takeaway point? Do not feed your cat on a diet of only dry food.

CatCats may be cute and fluffy, but they still have many of the skills and structures inherited from their larger ancestors. As a result, they need a diet that gives them all of the necessary nutrients that will let them run, pounce and play and keep them healthy. Your furry friend is an obligate carnivore, meaning she has evolved to have her nutritional needs met by consuming animal-based proteins from the meat and organs of other animals. It also means she is able to get significantly less nutritional value from the plant-based proteins in vegetables and grains than we can, as she lacks the appropriate enzymes.

Not all proteins are created equal. Animal proteins - the ones your cat needs - have a full complement of amino acids, the building blocks that make up a protein. Plant proteins, meanwhile, do not have all of these amino acids. Dogs and humans can take plant proteins and process them to replace the missing pieces, allowing them to enjoy their full nutritional value. This is why humans are able to happily live as vegetarians. Cats, however, do not have the wherewithal to do this.

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileWe know you aren’t stupid: we aren’t functioning under the belief that our readers are lovingly force-feeding their cats broccoli, encouraging them to chase carrots and parsnips across the floor. We know that you know your cat needs meat. What you may not know, however, is that the protein in dry cat food is often heavily plant-based, despite being advertised as a balanced and nutritious meal for your cat. Meanwhile, the protein in wet, canned cat food is more likely to be meat-based.

One of the most vital nutrients that your cat can get from meat, taurine, is missing from plants. A lack of this nutrient in your cat’s diet has the potential to cause heart problems and blindness. But plant proteins are cheaper to attain than meat proteins, so pet food companies are going to continue using wheat, rice, soy and corn in their foods because it’ll increase their profit margin.

Woman Lying on Sofa With Cat by Her Foot Along with protein, the other main consideration you need to take into account in your cat’s diet is water. Water is vital to the survival of every living thing, from cats to caterpillars, but cats do not have a very high thirst drive compared to other animals like humans and dogs. This is why it’s very important that your cat takes in a certain amount of water as part of their diet through wet canned or homemade foods. Without this, your cat risks dehydration and urinary tract diseases, especially if she has any issues with her kidneys.

N.B.: Many people choose to feed their cat dried foods for financial reasons. If this is the case, it’s recommended you try to feed your friend a combination of wet and dry food, if you can afford it. Advice given on this blog is not to be taken over that given by your vet.

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!

LillyLilly
“Lilly is home!!!
THANK YOU so much for the advice and encouragement, and the help of everyone who shared the post and sent support.
We searched for her late at night and in the early morning, put litter and food outside and left a handful of litter on the corners nearby hoping she'd pick up the scent.
We don't know where she was or what might have helped – she just turned up at the window meowing frantically. She has lost a bit of weight but otherwise fine. We’re very happy and relieved.”

KevinKevin
“Fantastic news!!
Kev has been found and is now in solitary confinement, with all lock picks confiscated!
Thanks to the neighbour 4 houses down, who contacted me this afternoon after seeing one of the Pet Alert Flyers from the LPF site.
His favourite treats were his downfall (but enabled me to catch him.)
Cat door removed entirely.”

TiggerTigger
“Thank you for the comfort of this listing Tigger returned 10-7-2017.. Very thin, hungry and please to see us”

CharlieCharlie
“Thankyou to the call service that went out to homes... it was the second alert that I placed that had a lady able to track him down to a neighbour that had found charlie in his yard 2 days ago.... he was a little bit smelly and hungry but after a bath and some food he is home safe and sound


ChinkiChinki
“The service is great. Our chinki has just returned home- she has a wound on her face which will heal in time but she is very very skinny and bony and been eating only since she came. I think she has escaped from someone because it is not normal for her wander so she was trapped and not fed by someone cruel. She is very normal now and we are very happy this is happening. Today is a very good day. Thankyou are your help. Hopefully my other cat will return just like this”

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Socialise Your Shy Cat Monday 03 July 2017 @ 11:26

Woman Lying on Sofa With Cat by Her Foot In our last post, we talked about some of the problems (and unexpected joys) of living with a shy cat. We explored the spectrum of shyness a cat might experience, with some only having a certain amount of anxiety while settling into new places, and others who constantly feel the need to hide, can’t build trust with their family and are generally just on edge. Today, we’re going to talk about how you might begin to socialise your shy cat and hopefully take away some of the anxiety she might be living with.

First of all, like many humans, cats tend to thrive the most when they have a daily routine they can count on, and this is no less true for shy felines. A simple way to put your furry friend at ease is to interact with her and feed her at roughly the same time every day. If you find that food is the way to your cat’s heart, this is a wonderful way of positive reinforcement. Use tasty snacks to encourage her to play with you, but make sure they’re healthy. Loading your feline friend up with unhealthy treats won’t help anyone, and will just give you and your pet a whole new problem to deal with. Always make sure you’re feeding your pet a diet appropriate to their species and full of nutrients and fresh foods.

White Brown Short Fur Cat Walking Near Boy in Brown Black Short Sleeve Shirt Riding White Red Toy It’s also a good idea to try and keep her living space at a similar level of cleanliness, and remember to clean her litter tray every day. Caring for your cat’s basic needs in a routine that lets her know she can rely on you will help her feel more comfortable and allow you to build up trust.

While it may not always be possible to avoid making a noise, it’s a good idea to try and keep things as quiet and calm around the house as you can. This applies to when you’re interacting with your cat: try to be encouraging, gentle and quiet, and never force contact when touching her. Don’t stare at her, as this can be interpreted as a threatening action to shy cats, and try to speak and move as softly and slowly as you possibly can. Similarly, never try to pet your cat by moving your hand directly towards her face. Instead, try petting her from one side around her ears, face and head.

CatWhen it comes to unavoidably noisy activities such as construction work, social gatherings and vacuuming, it can also be helpful to restrict your cat to a more quiet area of the house.

If she has a habit of running away whenever you walk close to her, try holding your back towards her as you pass her. This will create a dynamic where you are the vulnerable party, so your cat will feel less threatened. Never force your shy cat to do anything she isn’t ready and willing to do. Unless it’s entirely unavoidable (as in an emergency situation), never pull her out of a hiding place or hold her when she doesn’t want to be held. This will only encourage her to fear you and will destroy any trust you have built with her.

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileCats are independent characters who are most comfortable when they feel as though they are in control of their actions and surroundings. While failing to acknowledge this can cause any feline to get irritable, it’s especially important in shy cats who can get incredibly anxious. Rather than chasing your her, encourage your cat to come to you. Rather than dragging her out of her hiding place, figure out a way of bonding with your cat while she’s in her favourite spot.

Above all else, be patient. Just like people, cats are individuals and will grow and change at different speeds. As a general rule, kittens can be successfully socialised far more quickly than older cats, as this is the age at which they would naturally learn most of their skills. All the same, it is entirely possible for you to improve your adult cat’s sociability if you give her time to learn.

Need more information on caring for a pet with anxiety issues? Check out our posts on identifying (Post) and rehabilitating (Post 1 | Post 2) a previously abused dog.

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!

Mi MiMi Mi
“Someone gave me a ring and provided some information through your list. Although it was not the cat but at the time her phone call gave me hope and sense of community help and a lot of comforts. Thank you very much. Your service is very fast and reach a lot of places. It helps me ease my worry a lot. It is much appreciated.”

KevinKevin
“Fantastic news!!
Kev has been found and is now in solitary confinement, with all lock picks confiscated!
Thanks to the neighbour 4 houses down, who contacted me this afternoon after seeing one of the Pet Alert Flyers from the LPF site.
His favourite treats were his downfall (but enabled me to catch him.)
Cat door removed entirely.”

HugoHugo
“After 11 gruelling days missing, our Hugo was returned to us at 7:30pm 4/6/17. A neighbour had him for a week and we think he had no intention of handing him over to authorities. It was through perserverence of posters supplied by LPF, and flyers we made ourselves for door knocking - that we got the call. Our community was well aware of Hugo missing, and through spreading the word we got a lead to target a certain street in our area and within hours of doing so Hugo was reunited! Thank you LPF for all of your ongoing support - your checklist, and emails to keep us going and not give up.”

Max


Max
“Service is great - he was found nearby the apartment.”



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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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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