Updated: Jan 21
You've looked everywhere inside your cat normally likes to hide and your they are no where to be found. They must have gotten outside. Don't panic! It can be a terrifying experience if your fur baby gets out, but there are some things you can do to help you find your cat.
START LOCALLY - CATS STAY CLOSE BY WHEN THEY FIRST GET OUT It's important to note that most cats who have not been outside will likely be scared and will opt to stay close by, so start by searching small hiding spots (bushes, under patios, trees, etc.) nearby and call their name. Too many voices or a panicked voice will scare your cat, so make sure you use your normal speaking voice and ideally only have people your cat knows and whose voices they would recognize to help call their name. The longer your cat is outside, the more confidence they will get to stray, which will mostly be at night when there is less activity. Because of this, night time is an ideal time to search for your pet.
ALERT YOUR MICROCHIP COMPANY FOLLOWED BY RESCUES, SHELTERS AND VET OFFICES Let neighbors know to be on the lookout and if you can’t seem to your cat nearby, reach out to local rescues, shelters, vets and animal control to see if they have come across your pet. Leave them with identifying info on your pet such as a recent photo, coloring, name, gender, or anything else that might help them identify your pet. If your cat is microchipped, alert the microchip company who can send out an alert on a wider scale. Make sure the microchip information is up to date so that if your pet is located, they can get in touch with you.
APPEAL TO THEIR STRONG SENSE OF SMELL
Cats have a strong sense of smell, so try putting out anything with a scent they can recognize. This could be their bed, blanket, cat tree or letterbox or even clothing or a blanket from their favorite human too. You can also try and put some very smelly food outside, but be prepared for it to possibly attract some other animals too.
USE SOME FAMILIAR SOUNDS You know how some cats come running when you open a can of cat food or shake a bag of treats? Well you can try walking around doing just that in the hopes that a familiar sound will bring them running for their treats.
LEAVE A DOOR AJAR - CATS LIKE TO SNEAK BACK IN
Cats are sneaky so if you can leave a door open, such as a garage, shed door or even a window, this may help get them back home safe and sound. This is especially helpful if you are not able to go search out at night.
CONTACT YOUR COMMUNITY Try posting lost pet posts in local Facebook groups. Odds are there may already be a page set up for lost pets in your specific area or township. The more eyes the better. Hopefully with these tips, you can be reunited with your furry family member soon!