How To Find Your Cat

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How To Find Your Cat

Tips Canned tuna in water works well as a lure or bait opposed to regular cat food or wet cat food/treats. Set it just outside your door or in a humane trap. Once you find your cat, let people know and take the time to remove fliers from the area. Thank anyone who helped find your cat. If you offered a reward, make sure that you pay up if someone was instrumental in finding your beloved pet. If you found someone else’s prized possession or pet, there was a money reward, and you never got paid, what would you think? After finding your cat, put a safety collar with identifying information on the cat, and microchip it if possible. Cover open pipes, vents, and crawlspaces with screens. If your cat was not spayed or neutered, arrange to have the procedure done right away after you find it. Intact animals are more likely to escape to mate with another cat. If your intact female cat escaped, she may now be pregnant. Take her to your veterinarian ASAP to seek their medical advice. Understand your cat’s temperament. Some kitties are quite social and may have invited themselves into another home. Without identification, the new home does not have immediate access to your information. If you have a cat who is very cautious and fearful, they may be more likely to be hiding and quiet for days. Keep looking, think like your cat and use all of your resources. Some cats may still be found weeks and months after being lost. An alternative option for knowing when your cat comes up to your home is a portable wireless motion sensor and receiver pair (also known as a “driveway alarm”). Set the sensor set cat height, facing a food bowl or familiar item you put outside. Place the receiver in your bedroom, so it will wake you up if motion is detected. Baby monitors may be helpful if set near traps or set out food. Most cats who runaway come back on their own. Cats have a better sense of direction than most domesticated pets. If you get your cat back alive keep him or her locked in the house for a few days until your cat adjusts to being back home. Once you let your cat run lose again leave out a can of canned cat food so that he or she won’t runaway again. Your cat will learn to associate food with being home. DO not do anything that will attract other cats or wildlife such as food out or litter or bedding. The Lost Cat Finder cautions that this can make matters worse. However, setting food out may attract your cat back (canned fish/cat food). USE WITH DISCRETION. If known ferals or raccoons/possums are frequent in your area, it is best not to set out food. If you have another cat, try putting that cat outside IN A SECURE CARRIER near your door. The calls and cries may attract your cat. Cats sometimes run away with another cat. If you find a stray cat that is not yours, search around the area as yours may be nearby.
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How To Find Your Cat

Canned tuna in water works well as a lure or bait opposed to regular cat food or wet cat food/treats. Set it just outside your door or in a humane trap. Once you find your cat, let people know and take the time to remove fliers from the area. Thank anyone who helped find your cat. If you offered a reward, make sure that you pay up if someone was instrumental in finding your beloved pet. If you found someone else’s prized possession or pet, there was a money reward, and you never got paid, what would you think? After finding your cat, put a safety collar with identifying information on the cat, and microchip it if possible. Cover open pipes, vents, and crawlspaces with screens. If your cat was not spayed or neutered, arrange to have the procedure done right away after you find it. Intact animals are more likely to escape to mate with another cat. If your intact female cat escaped, she may now be pregnant. Take her to your veterinarian ASAP to seek their medical advice. Understand your cat’s temperament. Some kitties are quite social and may have invited themselves into another home. Without identification, the new home does not have immediate access to your information. If you have a cat who is very cautious and fearful, they may be more likely to be hiding and quiet for days. Keep looking, think like your cat and use all of your resources. Some cats may still be found weeks and months after being lost. An alternative option for knowing when your cat comes up to your home is a portable wireless motion sensor and receiver pair (also known as a “driveway alarm”). Set the sensor set cat height, facing a food bowl or familiar item you put outside. Place the receiver in your bedroom, so it will wake you up if motion is detected. Baby monitors may be helpful if set near traps or set out food. Most cats who runaway come back on their own. Cats have a better sense of direction than most domesticated pets. If you get your cat back alive keep him or her locked in the house for a few days until your cat adjusts to being back home. Once you let your cat run lose again leave out a can of canned cat food so that he or she won’t runaway again. Your cat will learn to associate food with being home. DO not do anything that will attract other cats or wildlife such as food out or litter or bedding. The Lost Cat Finder cautions that this can make matters worse. However, setting food out may attract your cat back (canned fish/cat food). USE WITH DISCRETION. If known ferals or raccoons/possums are frequent in your area, it is best not to set out food. If you have another cat, try putting that cat outside IN A SECURE CARRIER near your door. The calls and cries may attract your cat. Cats sometimes run away with another cat. If you find a stray cat that is not yours, search around the area as yours may be nearby.
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How To Find Your Cat

Search Add New Question My cat is on medication but has disappeared. How can I get her to come home to take her medicine? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS If you feel she is staying away because she dislikes taking the medication, speak to your vet. They may be able to suggest a slow-acting injection, or an alternative form of the medicine which is easier to give. It also helps if the cat associates the pill with a reward, so train her such that immediately after taking the tablet, she gets a super yummy treat. Soon, she will start asking for the tablet in order to earn the reward. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 16 What if it’s been 4 days? I followed all of this advice and put it on social media. Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Keep trying! It can take days, weeks, or months to find a lost cat. In a way, no news is good news because if you’ve phoned around and none of the authorities have seen her, this makes it less likely she’s been involved in an accident and more likely she’s hiding somewhere or got accidentally locked in a shed. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 7 Helpful 16 I adopted a rescue cat who accidentally escaped and has been gone three weeks. She is microchipped, and I’ve checked with all the shelters, plus emailed 3,000 people. What else can I do? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Get a map and work out which vet clinics are closest to you. Phone them and ask if they’ve had a cat matching her description handed in. There is a possibility that, if the cat was chipped less than 4 weeks ago, the registration details are still being processed. This could mean her chip has been found and scanned, but her details have yet to appear on the database. Because of this, phoning and describing the cat is a good idea. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 11 My cat has been missing 5 days. For how long can a cat survive outdoors? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS This depends on the weather and the individual cat. If the cat has access to water, he can survive without food for days or weeks, but he will get very thin. If she is a natural hunter, then she may start fending for herself by catching wildlife and can do very well in the long term. Some cats go missing because they get shut in a garage or shed, in which case it depends what resources are available to them. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 10 Helpful 12 My cat isn’t used to me yet. I’ve had her for a week, but she likes being stray and running in the streets. What should I do to stop her from running away? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS You need to keep the cat inside for a number of weeks until she starts seeing the place as home. Keeping her in also helps her spread her pheromone scent around, which marks the place as hers. To speed up the settling in, try spritzing the furniture on the floor level with synthetic feline pheromones. When you do eventually let her out, take her food away several hours earlier so you can entice her back with biscuits. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 6 What do I do if my cat is a fight? Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Pippa Elliott, MRCVS Check the cat over to assess how serious any bite wounds are and where they are. Look for tufts of matted fur, as these often overlie the wounds. Use a solution of salt water (one teaspoon to one pint of previously boiled water) to bathe the skin injuries. If the cat is lame, she doesn’t eat, has a swelling, or has rips in her skin that need stitches, then contact the vet. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 6 After several weeks of looking I found my cat but now she doesn’t come to me what can I do? wikiHow Contributor Did you treat your cat well, before it ran away? That is the first thing you should ask. If not, then it is going to be harder to get your cat to come back. You should bring the cat’s favourite toy with you, at all times, as well as treats, or a food that your cat really likes. Basically, you want to encourage your cat to come to you, it shouldn’t be you coming to the cat, after finding it. Be patient, as restoring trust with a cat takes time. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 28 How can I find a kitten lost in the house? wikiHow Contributor Search for cries or meows, search small areas such as closets, or even exposed pipes. Everything small and dark should be closely checked. Leave food out and move quietly so as to not bump or rattle things. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 21 What should I do if someone stole my cat? wikiHow Contributor Ask them for your cat back. If they refuse, then try a couple more times and if they refuse again, then call the police. You could also use social media to inform people that your cat has been stolen and could someone please help you to get it returned. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 28 I have searched the area, talked to my neighbors, and even talked to the police. What should I do next? wikiHow Contributor Put up flyers, talk to animal shelters, keep searching some more and post in the lost and found sections of online sites relevant to your area. Read the other suggestions in the article. (Also note, the police aren’t interested in lost pets, they’ve enough to be getting on with.) Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 19 Show more answers

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