Lost and Found Cats
Losing your cat can be very stressful. If your cat becomes lost, acting quickly will increase your chances of finding it. Having your cat microchipped will also improve your chances of a happy reunion.
Listed below are some things you can do to find your cat:
- Spend at least 15-30 minutes calling your cat by name, circling the location where it was last seen.
- Make familiar sounds, like tapping the side of a can with a fork, or shaking a box of dry food.
- Look carefully in vegetation. Cats that are not used to being outdoors can panic and hide in shrubs and bushes. Sick or injured cats are also likely to hide.
- Notify neighbours of your cat's absence, and ask permission to look in their garages or sheds, as cats can sometimes hide there.
- Enlist friends or neighbours to help you canvas the neighbourhood. Go door to door with your cat's description and your contact details. Consider offering a reward for information.
- Search near the area where your cat was last seen and drive slowly through your neighbourhood. Widen your search to include surrounding bushland.
- Contact local vets. Provide your contact details and a description of your cat. Follow up with a visit to distribute written information.
- Contact local shelter/s for your cat. If it is not there, provide a detailed description, including colour, age, size, collar, tag and microchipping status.
- Create a flyer with relevant information about your cat, including its name, a physical description and a photo. Include your contact details and post or distribute flyers around shops, local community boards, school notice boards, vets and shopping malls.
- Place a 'lost cat' ad in your local newspaper, on a relevant lost pets group on local social media, check regularly for updates.
You can log a lost pet on the Animal Welfare League of South Australia's website and view found pets.
If you find a cat, and it responds to your call in a friendly manner by approaching you, it is probably owned. If it is identified with a collar and tag, you can call the owner yourself.
If the cat has an “M” tattooed in its ear, it indicates that it is microchipped, in which case you will need to take it to a vet or your council so the chip can be scanned for owner details. If the cat has no visible ID, it will still need to be scanned for a microchip.
If the stray cat appears to be a lactating female, try to locate her nest and kittens and relocate them all to a vet or animal shelter.
If the cat looks sick or distressed or has kittens, call the RSPCA, who will be able to provide you with further advice.
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