A lost pet is devastating, and it may be very challenging to know what to do to help your pet find its way home. Cats are particularly at risk because many are outdoor pets, which have
Check any out-buildings.
The best place to start looking for a lost cat is in any garages, sheds, utility barns, or abandoned buildings near your home. This may involve knocking on doors and asking for permission. If your pet is a wanderer, consider investing in live animal cam to set-up around the perimeter of your property.
Report the pet lost.
Contact the authorities, including the police, animal control, and humane society, to alert them that your pet has become lost. Check the listings, social media pages, and websites of these community groups to find lost and found pet pictures and sightings.
Create a flyer.
Find a good photo of your pet and plan to use it to make a flyer that you can hang around the neighborhood, give to citizens, and provide to authorities. It may be cheaper in the long-run to use a copy shop or print store for color copies than it will be to make them on your home printer.
Take to social media.
Social media pages are an excellent way to get information about your lost pet out to the community at large. Join groups that offer community postings about yard sales, merchandise, and lost pets, and share often.
Pay a visit to animal control.
It doesn't hurt to pay a visit to animal control and your city shelter with a flyer and to review photos of recently found cats. This may help leave an impression on the intake workers, who could contact you when pets resembling yours come in.
Contact your vet.
Even if your cat is not micro-chipped, it doesn't hurt to visit your vet's office, and any other veterinary offices in the area, with a picture in case your cat
Stay positive, imagine kitty home, and try to not lose hope when dealing with a missing pet. Pets have been known to wander and return home after weeks, months, or sometimes years. Take precaution and have your pet microchipped and keep tags on them to aid others in helping lost cats find their way back home.