Follow our step by step guide to find your lost cat.
To do list:
SEARCH INSIDE THE HOUSE
Cats can get locked up in cupboards, wardrobes, pantries, etc
SEARCH YOUR PROPERTY
Around your house, in wood piles, downpipes, trees, shrubs, between walls etc
IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CAT HAS BEEN STOLEN
do not let suspicion of theft limit your search options. If you have proof, contact the local Police.
MAKE YOURSELF EASY TO REACH
Make sure your phone is charged and handy at all times for incoming calls. Check your email SPAM or JUNK box as often as your inbox, vital information can end up there.
SEARCH SURROUNDING AREAS
Storm water drains, neighbouring streets, trees and roofs, etc
Click here and then 'Print Flyer' under your cat's image. Place them around the area including your neighbours’ mailboxes, local supermarkets, schools, parks, shops, clubs and etc
LEAVE SCENTED ITEM OUTSIDE
Leave an item of worn clothing (scented) or a used kitty litter tray outside as the smell can attract your cat
LEAVE FOOD AND WATER OUTSIDE
Start leaving food and water outside to ensure your cat has access to food and water if you are not home.
ASK TO SEARCH NEIGHBOURS PROPERTIES
within 4-5 houses radius, especially sheds and garages. Or target them with your Pet Alert as your cat may be locked in or just disoriented and hiding. Take a companion to ensure your safety.
FOLLOW UP WITH VETS
Call your local vet and make sure that they have a record of your lost cat. Call as many other local vets as you can or target them with a Pet Alert.
FILE LOST REPORT WITH COUNCIL
Regardless if your cat is registered with the local council or not, call them and find out if they accept lost pet reports. Make sure they have your current contact details on file.
VISIT THE POUND IN PERSON!
Do not rely on phone, online descriptions, pictures or microchips. Start visiting the pound in person regularly and ask to see both surrendered cats and cats for adoption.
UPDATE MICROCHIP DETAILS
Most microchipping companies encourage people to flag their cats as missing on their database. For more information on microchips click here.
SEARCH AT DUSK AND DAWN
Do a 3-4 am search. It is the most quiet time when you are most likely to spot any movement or hear a sound your cat makes and your cat is more likely to hear you calling.
POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Request your facebook post on our wall via Contact Us or issue a Pet Alert to take advantage of the facebook BOOST to increase the exposure even further.
SHARE YOUR POST FAR AND WIDE
Share your post to as many local communities as you can. Click here for the list of places you can share your post to.
KEEP CHECKING LOST & FOUND
Very often people will post your cat on LPF's LOST & FOUND when they find it. Make sure you do not miss it.
Most importantly - The "Secret" to finding any lost cat is to let as many people and pet professionals know as soon as possible about its disappearance. Let us help you!
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