If you have lost cat there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your best possible chances of getting finding them. Below are some steps we would recommend:
If after all your care your cat still goes missing there are things that you can do remember, speed Is very important – starting the search sooner rather than later gives a much better chance of success.
Compose a leaflet giving a good description of your cat, age, sex, whether neutered, colour, noting any distinguishing features and, if possible, including a recent photograph. Make photocopies and leaflet the entire area, not just your road but all the surrounding area. People soon forget a notice in the shop window but tend to focus on a leaflet through the door. Ask local shops to display one in a prominent position, also the local vet, surgeries, supermarket notice boards etc. Contact the local welfare groups on a daily basis.
Advertise in the press and continue to put ads. in after the initial three days. Cats have been found months after being lost, mainly due to their owners’ perseverance.
Ask neighbours to check sheds and garages. If there is construction work in progress in the area check carefully and alert the builders.
Go around the roads calling him by name and also using whatever method you use to call him to meals e.g. banging a tin or glass.
The corporation garbage disposal men are usually very helpful and sympathetic and will be able to give you a description of any cat, victim of an accident, that has been found in the area. Knowing that you cat has died is heartbreaking but preferable to not knowing where or how he is.
Don’t give up hope too soon; keep searching and follow up every lead.
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Reprinted courtesy of Cats Aid.