It’s a desperate time when your cat goes missing. My cat Mango went missing the other day and after panicking and researching all over google I’ve created a condense guide for cat owners if you ever lose your cats.
If your cat has escaped and is into unfamiliar territory there is good news — your cat is probably not lost at all! That is because it is likely that your cat is hiding and, depending upon the area, he/she is probably closer than you think!
1. Start looking early
Start your search as soon as you realize your cat has gone missing. If your cat has got lost, the quicker you get started the less time he has to wander.
2. Start close by
Cats are territorial and many will rarely leave their territory unless something has scared them. Therefore most cats that go missing are found within a five house radius from where they live. Make sure you check your back garden and those of your neighbours thoroughly. Think like a cat and check all the hiding places where your cat can hide.
Cats can be curious and get trapped in all kinds of places they venture into.
If you think your cat is hiding nearby a good tip is to put out some wet food, toys and their cat scratcher outside, so they can smell their own scent. Do it at the same time every night. Then try and keep watch from a distance to see if your cat will venture out to eat it. You can also put a baby monitor near by to notify you when your cat comes nearby. When he is hungry enough he will venture out when he feels safe which is normally under the cover of night.
Also talk to your neighbours and ask them if they've seen your cat. Local children are also good to ask as they often notice animals and will often help you with your search.
3. Think like your cat
Determine the escape point where your indoor cat left. Check if they escape through a cracked door or a ripped mosquito net.
Follow the edges of the house or building and check if it could be hiding nearby. Cats rarely bolt out into the open. Most times, indoor cats will either tiptoe either left or right of the house.
Check under any patios, decks, bushes, garage opening and any access under a house. Look when it’s dark and quiet, if your cat is missing it’s most likely waiting until its dark to search for food. Make sure you bring a flashlight to check in the dark spots.
4. Put up posters
Once you have searched throughly nearby your own house and you have had no luck, start putting up posters. Leafleting the houses nearby can also be productive. Make sure you leave a reachable number for them to call or text and e-mail, some people have anxiety calling on the phone and prefer written communication.
5. Think Positively
Remember that cat’s are intuitively smart animals and usually won’t run away far. They usually resort into hiding when they are in unfamiliar territory and often won’t respond to their owners’ call.
Some people feed stray cats and if this becomes a regular occurrence, the cat may be hanging around where there is food instead of finding it’s way home.