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What to Do if the Cat Goes Missing

13 May 2016.

Having your furry friend going missing is every cat lover’s worst nightmare 🙁 It can be very upsetting and worrying, but you can improve your chances of finding them.

Here are some tips on what to do if the cat has gone missing:

  • Make sure you have checked absolutely everywhere in the home. Check your washing machine and all the cosy places such as under beds and wardrobes. Kitties are so good at hiding and can sometimes appear from ‘nowhere’.
  • If you have an outdoor space, check the bushes and shrubs, calling out your cat’s name. When your cat was last spooked where did they go? Perhaps they have hidden there again.
  • Is there a window you can leave open in case she wants to come back in? (Cat-sitters check with the owner first to make sure it’s safe to do so.) If there is no way you can leave the window open, maybe you can set up a cardboard box with an old blanket or shirt so not only will she have somewhere to keep warm she will also recognise your familiar smell.
  • Tell your neighbours in case they see your cat while you’re not there. Also let the microchip people know, and if you’re a cat-sitter, make sure the owner knows. You can also report it on the Animal Search website. 
  • Social media can be helpful for publicising your missing kitty. On Facebook, Animal Search UK and CatAware have their own cat search pages, and local groups such as this Stoke Newington one can be a great resource. On Twitter, tweet your missing cat message along with your location. The more people who know, the more quickly you and your cat can be reunited.
  • Some cats are really timid and hide from strangers. So patience might be required. This article shares a few tips how to get a shy cat out of their hiding place.

If you are a cat sitter, contact the owner immediately. They sometimes know where their cat is hiding and you might worry for no reason. Remember, it is not your fault when a cat decides to hide or wonders off as long as you have been following the owners instructions.

Fingers and paws crossed that this will never happen, but if it does there are lots of people out there who will offer to help. Likewise if you find a kitty that you think needs help then please report them to the RSPCA

Here is another great article for further advice:

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