Moving house with your cat Monday 11 June 2018 @ 08:00

MOVING HOUSE WITH YOUR CAT

Moving house with your cat

We recently asked our followers about one piece of advice they would give to someone who is moving house with a cat. We all know that the process of moving house can be very stressful for territorial animals resulting in increased risk of them going missing.

Thank you, your response was truly amazing! We received so many great tips and valuable suggestions, that we decided to combine them all into one handy checklist that contains the wisdom and experience of so many people. It is a must-have for every family sharing their home with feline companions. So share it around and print/save it into your cat’s personal file (don’t have one? Time to make one) for future reference. Here we go…

“Moving house with your cat” guide.

CATTERY ACCOMMODATION. If you can afford it, place your cat with a cattery for a few days while moving.

Hazel Luckstedt recommends: “It is a good idea to put them in a cattery on the day the removal man comes. The removal of the furniture and the strange men really freak out most cats. I leave mine in the cattery until the furniture is safely in the new house. When you bring them home to the new house there are familiar things and smells which help to settle them in their new home.”

“We too put ours in a cattery. They are indoor cats and don't want them escaping through open doors during moving.” adds Wendy Goffage

 

KEEP THINGS UNDER CONTROL. If cattery is not a option, try following these steps provided by Toni Farlow:

“3-4 days prior to moving leave [your cats’] carriers out for them to get accustomed to.
On the day of moving, keep them in a room that won’t be accessed until you finally go.
Put them in carriers and take to new home. DO NOT LET THEM OUT YET!
Put them in a room that won’t be accessed while shifting furniture. Shut the door and leave them in the room in their carriers until all removalists have left. The cats can be let out of their carriers now but DO NOT LET THEM OUT OF THIS ROOM. Let them become accustomed to this room and its smells over 2-3 days. This gives them time to regain confidence after moving from their old home.
Depending on your cat’s confidence level, gradually let them explore more rooms a bit at a time. This could take 1-3 days or 1-3 weeks! ONLY THEN CAN YOU LET THEM OUTSIDE IF THEY ARE ALLOWED.” - Toni Farlow

Clare Dolphin also reminds you may need to “Wear earplugs for the drive…”

 

TAKE TIME TO ADJUST. So many of you have emphasised the importance of giving your cat enough time to get used to the indoors first by keeping them in for at least 2 weeks before allowing them to explore the outdoors.

Jan Kelly says: “I always keep them inside until they are comfortable in their new environment. Depending on the personality of the cat this could be any time between 4 - 14 days”

Christine Vimini adds: “Do not be tempted to let them outside, no matter how much they’re used to going outside and no matter how much they whinge. They must bond to the new place & that can take time. Depending on your cat, at least 2 weeks, up to 4 indoors.”

“If you think you’ve kept them inside for long enough, give it another week” suggests Kimberly Skilton

 

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS. Once your feline friend is used to the new house, you can take him or her outside to start exploring the surroundings:

Samuel Merlino says: “carry them around the block a few times or take them on a lead, if they don't like the lead then walk alongside them keeping an absolute HAWK eye on them so they don't get out of your reach… They should get familiar with the smells and the route home IF they do ever get out. And believe me, cats will find a way to get out! The thing is to make sure they are familiar with the territory so they know the way home and the safe places to hide if they get scared.”

Gill Youngleson also points out that “If other cats come into his new territory, you need to help your cat establish his by clapping loudly and frightening other cats away. It’s worked for two big moves.”

Deborahlea Harrison adds: “be on the lookout for other neighbourhood cats that may have already staked the place as territory as this is when cat fights happen.”

Another great idea is provided by Cathy Donaldson-Serkin: “get to know your neighbours asap. And tell them about your cat family member”

 

ESTABLISH A ROUTINE. Once you are confident about your kitty going outside on their own consider this advice:

Judy Lidstone says: “don't feed before letting out feed when they come back inside”

Anna Purgar also adds: “When you finally let them outside don't pick them up and place them in the middle of the lawn. Just open the door, sit with them so they can explore and feel secure.”

 

HELP TO RELAX: Many people reported to have great success with the following handy tricks:

Vivienne Timmins says: “Mum use to smear butter on their paws, her logic always was that they can't stand the feeling of it on them and will automatically groom and lick to clean off, which leads to being tired followed by sleep and thus starts the acclimatising to their new surroundings, new smells and noises that are in the background as they sleep.”

Christine Gillie explains: “Supposed to work because the logic is they lay back and clean themselves… so relax and accept it as home. I have always done it immediately on bringing them into the new home”

Samantha Moreland also adds this tip: “Cats have glands on their cheeks, rub a face washer on their face and then rub their scent in your new house, will help them settle faster as it will smell like them”

 

BRING FAMILIAR THINGS. Bring to your new house as many things from the old house as you can.

Nola Squeak Brewer recommends: “Make sure you have their usual bedding for them to sleep on… don't wash it as they need familiar smells to help them settle and feel at home”

Diana Bassani also adds: “don't wash a sheet or blanket that has your scent on it for them to cuddle up with.”

 

PLENTY OF TLC. And of course don’t forget to give them love and attention throughout the ordeal.

Kat Katrijn says: “Don’t get so caught up in your own moving-stress that you forget about spending time with them. They need to be ensured that the bond you share didn’t stay behind in the old house.”

 

SUPPLEMENTS. Try special cat pheromones to help your cat feel more calm and relaxed in the new environment:

Sharon Young recommends: “Plug in some feliway. You can get it at the vet. Sprays happy pheromones into the air to help keep your cat calm. Also good when introducing new cats.”

“If they are very stressed get some Rescue Remedy and put it in their food. Works really well to calm them down.” adds Kellie Mayne

 

CONSIDER KEEPING INDOORS. We strongly encourage you to consider keeping your cat inside on a permanent basis or think about setting up an enclosure for you little buddy:

Mel Brown make a great point: “Moving to a new house is a great time to change the rules on the family moggie. Cats are protected from being hit by cars, fights with other cats potentially catching feline aids, attacked by neighbourhood dogs, being poisoned, stolen or lost. New homes, new rules, keep your moggie inside.”

“I built a cat run they aren't that expensive if u want kitty to have outdoor time” adds Fiona Mcdonald

Jenni Moore also says: “Keep them indoors ALL the time. They are safe & so is the wildlife outside.”

 

UPDATE PERSONAL DETAILS. And last but definitely not least, make sure everything is updated with your new details.

Jan Jolly reminds: “UPDATE ALL DETAILS!!! Before the move...microchip, vet, contact numbers etc…”

Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments.

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your insightful input in creating this “Moving house with your cat” guide.

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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: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: this happy girl is back with family in Melbourne VIC

Message from Charlie who found this little girl and made the reunion happen:

"The first thing I did upon finding the lost dog was to post A4 letters with photo's in the local milk bars. My son also posted the lost dog on facebook. I also then took the dog to the local vet to scan the microchip but unfortunately the owner did not register the microchip with any company, I did not hand the dog into the vet as I did not want the local council ranger to pick up the dog as I did not want to see the dog put down (pit bull cross).

Then I explored the internet for dog finding services where I found your wonderful site. Within a few hours I received messages from people who saw the dog on Facebook and then eventually the next day the owner rang and I promptly returned her.

Just a great site, thank you and I have sent links to your site to several friends." - Charlie

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC Monday 14 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Justice the border collie and kelpie cross in Melbourne VIC

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"Justice has been found and is resting after her adventure in her new home, getting used to her new family and surroundings. She is completely unharmed physically, she was even dry apart from this mornings few drops, so she had been keeping dry last night clearly.

Her new mum, Melanie, had a call yesterday from a house very close by who got her flyer in the mailbox and recognised Justice from the picture. They had seen her the night before in their back yard, about 9:30pm, but she ran away as soon as she saw them.

So Melanie called me, I came out to Belgrave straight away, with Pete and Jamie(my dogs), and we walked around everywhere, in the rain, until midnight, calling out, searching backyards, knocking on doors... with no sign. But we had hope because there was a sighting less than 24 hours prior within 200 metres of where she ran off!

We had put my jumper and a toy at the front of Melanie’s house, and this morning Melanie’s neighbour called her saying there was a kelpie-looking dog in their front yard, barking, and she should come see if it was Justice. The toy had been taken from the front of the house and dropped 2 houses up where she was hiding in a bush.

It was definitely Justice, but she was still too frightened, was barking if anyone approached, and wouldn’t come to anyone even though she was clearly hungry.

Melanie called me and I immediately came back up to Belgrave with my dogs... I pulled up to the house and calling out to Justice, let Pete and Jamie out... well! As soon as she saw Pete and Jamie she came out joyfully wagging her tail and jumping and licking, basically beside herself with excitement! She didn’t know who to jump on and kiss first, so she went around doing circles between the 3 of us! I even got lots of kisses and paws in the face.

We made the short trip (2 houses away) back to her new home where she’s been eating and sleeping. P&J (the amazing rescue dog search team) and I are hanging around to make her feel comfy in her new home before we leave.

Thank you isn’t enough to say to the people who have been sharing and searching and helping in so many ways. Melanie and I have been humbled by the dog loving community everywhere who have rallied together to help." - Lorelle

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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 OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC Friday 04 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC

"Pablo is our little albino ferret with red eyes that my partner bought from a friend of his whose ferret had babies. Pablo's birthday is 27 December 2016 but he arrived to us in either late February or early March 2017.

He is a cheeky little ferret who is into everything. Everything needs to be investigated and he often provides me with ferret "help" this includes putting his paws up on the toilet after i flush to make sure everything goes down ok, he likes to try and get in the machine when I am putting washing in it or taking washing out of it. If there is a hole to be explored he is in it.

His favourite thing in the world is to run into my partners work boots, dig out his special insoles and take them up the hole behind the kitchen cupboards where they are never to be seen again (unless we remove the dishwasher and pull the cupboard backing off the wall which we have had to do in the past when the remote control made its way up there...)

That was how Pablo went missing. He stole my partners insole and was heading for the hole in the cupboards. My partner who was outside smoking at the time came rushing in to retrieve his insole but did not close the back door properly. We realised after about 40 minutes the door was open and Pablo had gone.

The emotional journey was awful. At first i wasn't too worried as I thought Pablo would be exploring the garden but then it became apparent he was not in the garden and had gone under the gate. I felt sick. It was about 8:30pm, dark outside and windy.

I was calling and calling. We had torches out and I was listening carefully in case he made a noise in the bushes. Every so often the wind subsided but the smallest breeze was making the leaves from the trees rustle down the road so it was really hard to hear him.

I left no bush un-turned and we have a lot of bushes. I was scouring the streets by foot calling and calling and my partner went by car. I started to worry Pablo might have gone done one of the drains so my partner got a crow bar and lifted every single drain in the street looking for him but he wasn't there. Eventually he jumped over the school gates to see if he had got into the school but we still couldn't find him. We were out searching til about 1:40am when I came in to have a bath.

At 2:30am I went back out and started calling him again. I even brought my dog out to try to sniff him out but that proved to be a futile attempt as my dog was no help at all and thought he was just going for late night walkies.

Before my partner went to bed he read that we should leave food out the front and back, leave entry to the house open and put his cage outside, so that is what we did. I eventually went to bed but had a terrible nights sleep. I kept dreaming I had found him then waking up realising it was not true.

At some stage during the night I registered him on Lost Pet Finders who were very supportive and immediately I received a email of all the things I should do, print posters etc, knock on doors. That was my plan for the next day. Thank god the next day was Sunday as otherwise I would have needed to take a day off to try to find him.

At about 6am I noticed the light had come on in the front garden. I went out to check the food and all the food had gone - this was not encouraging as I knew it could have equally been eaten by a cat but I went back into the house to locate some slippers and my glasses so that I could search the front garden. While I was putting my slippers on I heard a noise in the back and thought to myself I will just check his cage.

Went out to the cage but it was still empty with his food inside. Just as i was about to go back to the front garden something caught my eye on the floor and there was little Pablo inside the house, He was trying to get back outside!! He must have come in for some water. He was definitely not inside the house before as we tore it to shreds looking for him.

I was SO relieved to have found him. I scooped him up and gave him such a big kiss and a cuddle then went running into the bedroom with him to tell my partner he was back. He immediately got out of bed and brought the cage back inside for me. I checked Pablo over to make sure he didn't have any obvious injuries then gave him food and water and locked him tightly in his cage.

He was exhausted. He hardly wanted to come out for the next two days. I kept a good check on him to make sure he was eating well, drinking and toileting well as I had no idea where he had been or whether he might have eaten something but by day three he was busy charging around like a lunatic and back to his normal mischievous self.

When I first found him, I was half tempted to take him to the vets to be checked over but I figured that unless I paid for x-rays and blood tests there was nothing they could tell me that I couldn't see for myself so I left it for a couple of days and sure enough after a couple of days he was bouncing around as if nothing happened.

We have since ferret proofed the garden and Pablo has been out in the garden exploring and has yet to find a way out but I do not want to take that chance again. He is always supervised in the garden and we are extra vigilant with the door, windows, anything we think he can get out from (including the tumble dryer pipe that leads out the window as he has got out that way before). We are just so happy to have him home safe." - Sarah

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie the moodle dog from Melbourne VIC Wednesday 25 April 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chewie

"Chewie, our golden MOODLE came into our lives eight years ago. He arrived via airfreight from Country Puppies in Bathurst. He was a bundle of fluff when we first saw him and we could really see his eyes through all the hair, so my son named him Chubacka. As he settled into Melbourne life and his new home, he discovered his love for chewing, especially any unsuspecting socks left lying about. So his name was shortened to Chewie.

Chewie is at the heart of our family, along with our cat Lucky, who is Chewie’s best friend, and often comes on family holidays never far from under our feet. On our evening walks both Chewie and Lucky come together. For the last couple of weeks, I have been staying at my sister’s house looking after my elderly mother. Naturally, Chewie came with me and until yesterday he had been enjoying his new environs and new neighbourhood smells. Yesterday, while I was at the hospital with mum Chewie, managed to find an escape from the backyard and when I came home excited to see him he was nowhere to be seen.

Initially, I couldn’t believe he had gotten out. I walked around the neighbourhood calling him for an hour or so and then further afield in the car but to no avail. I spoke to neighbours and the Postman who recalled seeing him out on the street that morning but nothing. At some stage, I had a cry.

Not knowing where to start I simply googled ”find my pet” and came across Lost Pet Finders. I thought it could be just another online rort but being desperate I signed up, paid for a Pet Alert and logged Chewie’s details. I found the site very helpful as it went through a checklist of what to do. I promptly got an email back welcoming me to the service informing me there were 142 people within a 1.8 km radius who were registered with their service so I was hopeful.

I rang the local Vets, Lost Dogs Home etc but nothing. I made up some cute flyers and blitzed the neighbourhood by that time it was dark so I decided to retire for the evening. Later in the evening one of my sons rang me from home to let me know someone from the Glen Eira Council had left a message telling us that Chewie had been found.

First thing this morning I jumped in the car and was off to the Council Offices who informed me he had been taken to the RSPCA. Two hours later Chewie was back in my arms as gorgeous as ever.

When I got back to my sister’s I had 8 messages from LostPetFinders. One was from an angel called Elizabeth who wrote saying she had found Chewie on the way home and taken him to the nearest VET.

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Thank you to LostPetFinders and everyone in the local neighbourhood who was so supportive. The postman stopped by this morning to see if Chewie had been found. And I was so happy to be able to tell him YES." - Kerry

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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: 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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