Nothing is as refreshing as meeting your kitty cat at your doorstep when you come from work. Cats are known to be intelligent and always find their way back home. They also stray from home sometimes, and it’s a devastating experience for both the owner and the cat. Here, we are going to expound the best top tips to help you find your beloved lost pet. You should start looking for him or her immediately because the longer you delay, the further your cat will go, crossing streets, subways, encounter hostiles like dogs, and they could get injured or die.
And for the Record
We encourage you to use our Lost Paw NFC tag, which can help someone identify the owner and reunite them with their cat by simply scanning the tag. The tips below will help take the necessary steps. The best way to trace your cat is to do everything possible.
You never know how you’ll find him/her, and giving up shouldn’t be an option. Try as much as possible, anything or anywhere you can think of, to recover your beloved pet. It’s devastating, and you may fear for the worse, but keep looking.
Search Your Home
Your home is your cat’s home, as well. After a successful hunting spree, they majestically enter the house belly-full. Whenever you feel it odd that the cat is not there, or you haven’t seen them for quite some time, search around your home to make sure the cat is not stuck somewhere. Check the basements, garages, sheds, and anywhere you think your cat wouldn’t be.
Pets are usually curious, have you ever heard this saying, “curiosity killed the cat?” They can end up in strange and small places. Make sure to look behind, inside, and under all appliances such as fridges, washing machines, and stoves. Also, run your eyes on the roof, roof gutters, up in trees, and attics. You may find them sitting on the roof and enjoying the view while wagging their tails.
Check Your Neighborhood
If you haven’t visited all your neighbors in a long time, it’s time you do so. Knock their doors, talk to them about your lost cat and ask them to call you in case your cat comes around later. Walk, or grab your bike and cycle slowly through your neighborhood while making some noise or calling your cat’s name. Animals can hear from a very long distance.
Bring along your pet’s favorite snack or a squeaky toy and rattle them while you call out their names. Every time you call, pause a bit, and listen to find out whether your pet is responding. They may be making a noise or hiding somewhere whimpering. Sometimes cats usually have their comfort zone away from home, maybe a hunting ground.
Use Posters and Flyers
Stick posters around your neighborhood, intersections, and car windows. Also, post flyers within a 2-mile radius from your home or where your last saw your cat. You can also post signs at pest stores, grocery stores, at the vets, malls, and apartment complexes. Don’t put your name and address on the posters and flyers, but the pet’s name and your contact details such as your number or email address.
Also, put a photo of the pet, preferably colored, on the flyers and posters, and include where the cat got lost. Also mention some distinguishing marks, not all, so that when someone calls, you can ask them if the cat has some marks and character to verify if its indeed your cat. The copies should be highly visible and show critical details about your pet, such as breed, age, sex, weight, and color.
Don’t forget to give the fliers to people who walk their dogs in your area. Dogs are more likely to spot animals. You can find dog lovers taking their animals for a regular walk early in the morning.
Check Out the Local Shelters and Government Agencies
Local shelters and government agencies tasked with picking lost and stray animals are favorite spots to check your lost cat, and you should do it daily. Calling the departments or shelters on the phone is not as effective as visiting them personally. Maybe your lost pet hasn’t been listed in the records, or your description is different from the department or shelter’s description.
An animal may arrive at these spots dirty, neglected, or without its tag. The reason you should check daily is that some shelters keep animals for around three days. It might also take days before your cat is found and moved to a shelter. A government agency picks stray and lost animals and withholds them for a certain period before turning them over to a shelter.
Someone also may take your cat home, hoping to find the owner, and later drop them to the nearest shelter or one that is convenient for them. Just hope they won’t adopt it because that will minimize the chances of you finding your cat. On the positive side, though, it will be protected from harm.
Contact the Vets in your Area
Contact veterinarian offices and not just in your area, but also in your surrounding areas. Your pet could have been injured, cornered, or harmed and rescued or taken out of your area, and left at the vet near you, or the one the person who recovered your cat knows, which means it could be anywhere. So, make sure you check the vets around your place and far beyond your locale within the city! Vets may also post on their social media about the lost animals, so make sure you check their pages often.
Use the Power of Scent
If you ever underestimated the power of scent, maybe you should give it a try. Place a worn-out piece of clothing belonging to you, or dirty bedding of the pet in your yard or outside your door. The breeze will carry the scent, and if your cat smells it, they’ll find their way back to their sweet home.
Cats also respond to open cans of tuna fish or litter box. You may attract all the cats in the neighborhood but there is a higher chance your cat will be among them.
Place an Ad
You can place an advertisement about your lost cat in your local and community newspapers. Also, check “lost and found” pages in those newspapers for at least two months. Make sure to advertise on weekend paper since some people buy papers on Saturdays or Sundays only.
Also, be on the lookout of columns that publish ads for lost pets. You never know where you’ll find the lost four-legged member of your family, so it’s advisable to check anywhere possible.
When getting your pet microchipped, make sure it’s registered with the microchip company. The microchip expert will provide you with crucial details you need it in case of anything, and leaving the information of the chip with your vet alone is work half-done. Assuming you did everything, including registering the microchip with its manufacturer or distributor, contact the company and ask them whether someone might have reached out to them reporting a scanned cat. Chips can help find a lost pet, but they’re not entirely effective.
Different microchip brands use different scanners, and not every technician has all the scanner types. There’s also the universal scanner, but not every vet or shelter has it. Sometimes microchips and scanners fail, and the chip might be in a place no one else would figure out. Also, sometimes a shelter worker may skip the scanning step, even though its compulsory to complete it. A microchip is different from GPS, and therefore you can’t use it to pinpoint the pet’s location.
If your pet still carries an ID tag of your former address, contact your former neighbors or the people who live at the address and have their phone number. Inform them that your cat is missing and give them your contact details.
Always contact them after a while in case they lose your number. Even if your cat has the current details, proceed on with reaching your former address, regardless, because your cat may have gone back to your first home, especially if it’s nearby. Collars also come off easily, and they may lose their IDs, making it harder for people to contact you. We encourage you to utilize our Lost Paw NFC tags for identification; it’s more secure and sends you a notification when scanned.
Check on the Road
Hopefully, it should never happen to your beloved cat or pup, but accidents happen, and your cat might get fatally injured on the road or exhaust all its nine lives on the freeway. It can be unfortunate to lose a loved one, but it gives you closure to know that they passed on, and you get to end your search.
The road crews, Animal Control, and Department of Transportation pick deceased animals from the roadside and streets. Dogs are usually picked quicker than cats in around 24 hours. Check with these organizations every day to see whether they came across your cat, alive, injured, or dead.
Contact the Former Owner
Did you adopt your cat from someone? Contact them to find out whether it went back to its former home. Cats tend to retrace their way back to where they came from. Maybe your kitty missed what used to be “home sweet home.”
Alert Service Providers
Your mail guy delivers mail to your place and other homes in a multi-mile radius. Your trash collectors also drive through to clear your bins and those around your area. They may bump into your cat or dog roaming in the streets and looking confused.
Leave a photo and a short but detailed description of the animal, as well as your contact information taped on your mailbox or trash bins.
Don't Lose Hope
It can be devastating to lose your dog or cat. The affection we have for our pets is unexplainable but we can’t prevent them from getting lost. The most crucial step to take to make a recovery easier is tagging your pet with a Lost Paw NFC tag. You don’t have to insert a chip into the animal but hang the colorful tag on the dog or cat’s collar. Some incidents are unpreventable, but in case your pet doesn’t find its way back home, someone may bump into her, scan the tag with their phones, and send an SMS or pop up message to your device. It’s one of the best ways to recover your pet, and better than conventional microchipping. You can contact us for more information about NFC tags and ask questions.