How to Find a Lost Cat
Cats occasionally wander off, much to the alarm of their owners. While this can
be a distressing event, there are ways to make sure you get your little fur-ball
back home safe and sound.
1. Remain calm. Cats are curious and active creatures, so it's not uncommon
for them to go astray once in awhile. It's possible that your cat is nearby and
just preoccupied, but if your cat has wandered off or is in danger, panicking
will reduce your likelihood of finding it.
2. Don't delay looking for your cat. The longer the cat is gone, the further
away it may be.
3. Retrace their steps. Think back to when you last saw your cat and recount
what events have taken place since then. Did you open the door at all? Did you
open the doors to any rooms that you've since shut? Ask anyone in the house, as
well as your neighbours, when and where was the last time they saw the cat.
4. Narrow the search. Look in and around the areas the cat was last seen.
It's particularly important to look for hiding spots. When cats find themselves
in unfamiliar places, they usually become scared and hide. If you're looking
outside, check underneath nearby cars or other nice hiding spots, like
underneath barbecues, and patios.|
Unfortunately, on occasion a frightened cat may climb underneath a car or climb
onto the engine of a warm car. Cats are also known to climb trees and get stuck.
Indoors, look underneath beds, or in boxes or other accessible hiding spots. You
may even want to check unlikely places such as dryers, cupboards, and even
refrigerators, ovens and freezers.
5. Call your cat. Tempt your cat out of hiding or back home by calling it
and offering it treats. If your cat is an outdoor cat or if it's possible it got
loose outside, place some of its food in a dish outside of your door. Make the
sounds that usually get it to come to you, such as shaking treats in a can or
whistling; however, be aware that some cats in a state of distress may not come
to your calls.