It’s something that is every cat parent’s worst nightmare, but what can you do if your beloved feline is lost?

  • Report your cat missing to local vets: If people find a lost or injured pet, they tend to take them to their own veterinary practice, therefore make sure you try all vets in the area, even if they seem a little further afield.

  • Put your cat on social media: If you or someone you know is on social media, make sure you have put your missing cat on there and include a picture and a description of your cat and where they’re is missing from.

  • Contact the ID chip company: If your cat is ID chipped (and if they’re not already, we bet it’ll be the first thing you do when you get them home!) then call the chip company and report them missing.

  • Put flyers up of your missing cat in the local area: get your cat’s face out there as much as possible.

  • Check neighbours’ garages, sheds and anywhere else that your cat may have become trapped or locked in accidentally.

  • Leave a garage or shed door open just a crack as cats tend to prefer to sneak home.

  • Appeal to their sense of smell: put a used litter tray, worn clothes or a slept-on pillowcase and your cat’s favourite bed or blanket outside to help lure them home.

  • Plan for a late night: most missing cats are reported to have returned home between 8pm – 2am, or 4am – 7am. If you can, sleep downstairs or use a baby monitor to help you better hear if your cat is meowing or scratching to come home in the middle of the night.

  • When out looking for your cat, use your normal speaking voice as this is the voice that your cat recognises and responds to; not a sad, frantic or pleading voice.

  • Appeal to their bellies!: shake a pack of treats, clang their food bowls, put some of their favourite, smelly food outside the door or use the call that you have for your cat at food times.