Cats can make wonderful companions, and their independent, self-sufficient nature means they are often chosen as ideal low-maintenance pets. Unfortunately, the downside of this is that a cat is not always easily contained within a property and can take off on an adventure that can put them at risk, causing their owner to become distressed and worried for their pet’s welfare. Luckily, if you find someone else’s pet cat, you can take some simple steps to safeguard its health and safety and help it make its way back home.
Securing a lost cat
Cats are generally very resourceful and don’t often stray too far afield, so in many cases, lost cats are found looking for food somewhere in the area neighbouring their home. If you find a cat that seems to be in good health and temperament, you can put out some food and water for it and coax it inside, where you can then check for identification tags or put it into a carrier to take it to a vet or pound to have its microchip scanned.
The cat may hiss, spit, scratch or bite if it is injured, scared or feeling threatened, or may run off into high-traffic areas, so take care to keep it calm and secure, or call for assistance from a ranger if required. If you transport the cat in your car, ensure it is properly restrained as it may become panicked and behave erratically, which will distract you from your driving, or may injure itself out of fear by trying to lodge itself in a small space.
What to do next
If the cat has an identification tag or is correctly registered with a microchip, finding and contacting its owner should be a simple matter. Where this is not the case, you should contact your local council and advise them that you have someone else’s cat in your care. Most pet owners are required to report a missing animal, and given that cats don’t tend to wander too far, chances are that the relevant department will be able to match the cat you have found with one reported as lost.
In the meantime, if you are keeping the cat secure at your home, ensure you make appropriate short-term provision for its needs, including cat food, water and a litter tray. If you have a pet of your own, it’s best to keep it separate where possible.
Helping to find the owner
In a situation where the cat’s owner hasn’t been found through a microchip, identification tag or the local council, Lost Pet Finders can help you take the next step by putting its dedicated Australia-wide network to use. First, check the Pet Gallery to see if the owner has registered their cat as missing. If you are able to identify the cat in your care, you can easily contact the owner and deliver the good news.
If the cat is not already listed, you can register the details and description you have, and Lost Pet Finders can send out alerts to all relevant pounds, shelters, vets, volunteers and members of the public through a fast and impactful communication system with proven results.
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