Lost Dog? | Lost
Cat? | Kids & Pets
Many calls to a humane organization about lost pets concerns cats that have always
lived indoors but have suddenly slipped outside and disappeared. Here are some
helpful hints on how to find your cat the quickest way possible.
1. He or she may not be as lost as you
If the last time you saw your pet was indoors and no one remembers
opening a door or a window, be sure to check your own basement, attic, spare rooms
and closets. Cats have often been found quietly awaiting discovery in a closed
dresser drawer. They usually stay within 1/4 mile of home.
If you live
in an apartment, be sure to check the hallways, stairwells, basement, storage
closets, laundry rooms, and any vacant apartments that may have had a door ajar.
2. Look closest to home
Most cats who have always lived
indoors will not go far from home. Start looking under porches, in basements and
Once inside a closed off area, look carefully in boxes or
behind stacks of stored items.
Ask neighbors if they have seen your
cat and when was the last time.
Call your cat's name often and listen
for a soft reply, however it's normal for a frightened cat not to respond to your
call. Many people have reported their cats "lost" just after a move to a new house
or apartment, only to find their cat days later safely inside, and more adjusted
to the new quarters.
3. Set up a temporary outdoor cat comfort station
Leave fresh food and water on a porch or in a sheltered area close to
Set up a large cardboard box lined with an old towel, T-Shirts,
socks, or other item from your home that smells familiar to your cat.
If your lost cat should return while you are asleep or away from home, food and
shelter may save its life. This is also an incentive for it to stay close by.
4. Look for cats at NIGHT
The BEST time to look for
a cat is in the dark, between dusk and dawn, when he streets are quiet.
A lost and hidden cat will come out in the dark to look for food.
a flashlight and search for your cat under parked cars, in yards and under bushes
as well as in alleys.
It's good to bring a friend along at night for
safety, and bring some cat food too, so that you can calm your cat and feed it
if you should find it.
Don't forget to look in trees, shrubbery, porches
and on roofs.
5. Read Lost
Dog tips for other tips about how to find your cat.