Missing Cats - Lost & Found
If your cat has gone missing or you think you have identified a stray, please choose your subject from the contents list at the bottom of this page.
Chapter contents List at the bottom of this page
The advice for re-locating lost pets & the knowledge in this section stem from universally recognised guidelines, 1st hand experiences & some very real lost & found cases.
"Thank you so much, i went off looking for her & found her. She is now filthy, still hungry, but curled up in bed. I told our vets about your website"
Gemima's family 13/04/10 - Gemima was missing for approx 10 days
Because of her owners quick response with posters & publicity, attention was paid to Gemima in the streets. She was very fortunate to have been noticed quickly by a member of the public who thought that she might match the description in the poster, & who was kind enough to relocate it & call the number. She was still wearing a collar & id tag but had gone further than anyone might have thought.
"Amazing news! Milo was waiting at the cat flap this morning (sadly it was locked!). He seems ok however I don't think he has been fed he has lost a huge amount of weight but is not injured in anyway and his collar was still intact with his phone number."
Milo's family 07/02/13 - Milo returned home 2 weeks after his disappearance.
Because of his owners quick response with posters & publicity, people in the neighbourhood were made aware & were asked to check their sheds etc. We may never know for sure but it is probable that on one a particular night of high winds, a little cat panicked, lost himself & sought shelter. The shed, within which he found his shelter (or was hunting a mouse), may then have been battened down against the weather while he was hiding within it. Following the requests on leaflets, outbuildings were being checked & perhaps one of these openings released the trapped Milo. It is of course possible that he simply lost himself & eventually found his own way back - but we can't rely on that potential as it is a rarity, & to do nothing but wait would literally be gambling with their lives!
A cat wearing a collar doesn't automatically mean it is not lost. Please keep an eye our for any animal behaving oddly.
- About this website & Stray Cats
- What to do if your cat is missing...
- 1 . a. Lost Cat - Search Guide
- ... b. Lost Cat - Searching your neighbourhood
- ... c. Lost cat - Still Missing
- 2. Creating a Leaflet
- 3. Creating a Poster
- 4. Why do Cats Stray?
- 5. Prevention
- 6. Feral Cats
- 7. Stray Cats
- 8. Trapping
- 9. Making a stray cat shelter - Monty
- 10. Found
The information on this website comes with years of experience from cat rescue centres, & an oxford diploma in felinology (with distinction)
When you find your cat, please consider raising found posters to encourage people in future cases
Raising "Found" posters shares a happy ending & encourages people to look out for lost cats in future cases. (also abates rumor)