Cats have a great sense of humour and often disappear when they are in the mood. Most cat owners learn this overtime. However, if your cat has been missing and is not proceeding in his/her normal routine within a day of you noticing a change in behaviour it is time to search for them.
First search inside your home. One time I found a new kitten halfway up an open fireplace chimney. She could not get any farther and was fortunate it was summer. Look in your storage areas, behind and under couches, in laundry baskets, closets, boxes, anywhere and everywhere your cat could have gotten into. Kittens in particular can fit in very small places.
Look in your yard – this can be a daunting task depending on the size of your yard and the landscaping and the location. You know your cat – ours start meowing once we call them.
Look around your block – I have walked up and down calling my cat. Remember posters are simply a supplement to a physical search of your cats territory (for outdoor access cats) Cats like to hide under porches, in sheds, in crawl spaces and hidey holes.
If you believe your cat has been lost or stolen – prepare your posters and get them up in the community.
Call your local SPCA and or local shelter to see if a cat matching your description has been turned in. Often cats without identification get treated as “homeless” and are given to local rescues who may adopt them out. Check with the local rescues as well.
Traps are often used for indoor only cats that escape outdoors.
MYTH – DO NOT PUT YOUR LITTER BOX OUTSIDE. THIS CAN ATTRACT PREDATORS AND OTHER ANIMALS THAT MAY DO YOUR CAT HARM.
SOCIAL MEDIA – POST THE INFORMATION ON ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES YOU CAN DEALING WITH LOST CATS.
There is nothing special about a poster – it is informative, has a picture, and a phone number you can be reached at. Put them around your neighbourhood immediately. Check the My Pet is Missing page – What do I do?
As investigators we know how often people misinterpret descriptions and have become strong believers in sending your poster by fax or email to these organizations.
You do not need to spend a lot of money on your poster – just get it out and about.
There is a sample form attached – Pet Detective Flyer