WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CAT GOES MISSINGDiscover the steps that you can take to reunite with a lost cat
Noticing that your cat has gone missing can be quite an upsetting ordeal. Before you panic, follow our top tips on how to look for and find your feline.
First thing’s first – search!
Cats are naturally curious and can often sleep and hide in unusual places; sometimes they may even get stuck; make sure you’ve searched thoroughly around your home and garden. It’s even worth asking your neighbours to check their garages, sheds, and cars as well. If you complete your search and your feline friend is still nowhere to be seen, it’s a good idea to put up posters in your local area that includes a clear photo of your cat as well as your contact details.
Check your cat’s microchip
Microchipping your cat gives you the best chance of getting them back if they go missing. Even if your cat wears a collar displaying your contact details, make sure your cat is microchipped in case the collar falls off. If you want to find out more about microchipping, we’ve got a blog post for that.
Your cat’s microchip details should always be up to date with your most recent address and phone number. If your cat goes missing, call the microchip database as soon as possible – this way, they can put a note on your cat’s record for when they are found.
Contact the local vets in your area; if your cat has been injured, they may have been taken there for treatment or a member of the public may have handed them in. Cats are regularly brought to rehoming centres by people who think they are strays. Contact your local centres – even if your cat has not been taken there, it’s a good opportunity to pass on details of your cat and copies of your missing poster. It’s also a good idea to check online lost and found websites in your local area as well as register your pet on a national lost pet database.