What to Do When Your Cat Goes Missing?

Microchipping your cat gives you the best chance of getting them back if they go missing. Even if your cat wears a collar displaying your contact details make sure your cat is microchipped in case the collar falls off your cat.

Cats are regularly brought to Blue Cross animal hospitals and rehoming centres by people who think they are strays. Always make sure your contact details are correct and add your mobile phone number.

How long do cats usually go missing for?

It isn’t uncommon for cats to go missing for 24 hours, especially if they like spending a lot of time outdoors. In some cases, cats can even stay away from home for up to 10 days at a time.

Do missing cats usually come back?

It is true that cats do come home on their own after an unexplained absence. Looking through years of case records of hundreds of missing cats, the number one way cats are found is that they simply come home in about twenty percent of missing cat cases.

What are the chances of finding a lost cat?

61% of lost cats were found within one year..34% of lost cats were found (alive, thank goodness) within 7 days..after 90 days, lost cats were less likely to be found alive 😿

Can cats find their way home if lost?

But while we know that cats can often find their way home, until more studies are done, the answer of how remains a mystery. Even though cats possess a seemingly miraculous homing instinct, that doesn’t mean that all lost cats will find their way home.

If your much-loved pet goes missing, its every cat owners worst nightmare. Not only is it upsetting and stressful for you when you cant find your cat or kitten, but then you also worry that your pet may be scared or hurt.

Use any of your usual tricks for getting your cat to come in for supper, such as shaking a packet of their favourite treats or dry food. Call your local veterinary practices and animal rescue centres with a description of your cat and their microchip ID.

Make sure your details are up to date and ask them if theyd be happy to put up a poster or post something on their website or social media profiles to help to find your cat. Drop into places like shops, post offices, doctors surgeries, pubs and gyms and ask them if theyd be happy to display your flyer to help you find your missing cat. Online databases, such as The National Pet Register and Animal Search UK provide free resources to help reunite you with your missing cat.

Even though cats are territorial animals, their garden is not their only limit. Not only feral cats but also domestic cats have a large territory. A domestic cats territory goes way beyond your house. The limits are not only defined by your cat, but also by other felines in your neighbourhood. Their territory is divided by where your cat eats, relaxes, plays, hunts, and goes potty.

During their walks, your cat rubs their face , scratchestrees , and pees to diffuse their pheromones and leave a trace . Even if they remain very rare, there are stories of cats finding their way back home after months of wandering.

It seems unlikely , but they can get scared by a loud noise , a stressful situation or can get carried away by prey and struggle to find their way back home. Just like humans, in any extreme situation, a healthy adult cat can go a couple of weeks without eating , while still being able to drink. They might come back dirty and full of fleas; it is then important to properly clean them and treat any parasites .

Hearing your voice might remind your cat that a loving family and good food is waiting for them. Put up lost posters and hand out flyers with a picture of your cat , any distinctive signs , and your contact information . Put up lost posters on electric polls , on your supermarket noticeboard and slip flyers in letterboxes .

Attaching a cat GPS to their collar or harness can give you, the owner, real peace of mind . Once your cat has got used to not go out at night, you can reduce their daytime outings by delaying their first stroll or calling them home early . Whether they have gone hunting, mating, or are lost, it is essential to not waste any time once you have realised your cat has gone missing.

A clicker and GPS tracker are also great tools to locate and bring back your cat quickly.

Look for your missing cat at home

Cats love their homes, so there’s every chance that your cat could be closer than you think. Make sure you check every cupboard, even those you hardly use.Cats, and particularly kittens, can get into very small spaces and they find extraordinary places to hide, which makes finding a missing cat quite tricky! Check the inside of your washing machine and tumble dryer and look in cosy places such as under beds and in wardrobes.Once you’re sure they’re not in the house, start to go a little further afield, starting with the bushes and shrubs in your garden and the surrounding area. Spend at least 15-30 minutes calling your cat by name, circling the location your cat was last seen. Use any of your usual tricks for getting your cat to come in for supper, such as shaking a packet of their favourite treats or dry food. As you walk around stop and listen, and pay particular attention to outside garages or sheds where they may have got stuck or been locked in.Think about the last time your cat got spooked. Was there somewhere in particular that they ran away to? You may find them in an adjoining garden, or even a friendly neighbour’s house, for example.