I lost my cat! What should I do?

Thousands of pets are lost every day. That is why 49% of all cats are kept indoors. You can triple their lives and have a better relationship with them by keeping them indoors. I know they are natural hunters, but this was the beginning when we did not live in cities where the danger tripled at every turn. That is why I advocate keeping your cats indoors.

Make sure your pet has a collar and a tag. Put the words Reward, I'm lost, only indoors, call the person on the label along with the phone number. That way, if someone finds one, they will know how to contact you.

STAGE 1

Relax! Stop blaming and take a deep breath. You will need all the prudence for you to follow the steps to reconnect with your companion.

STEP 2

Check your house from top to bottom. Ceilings, crawl spaces, cabinets, closets, garages, drawers and basements. I've had hundreds of panic calls from people who can't find their beloved Fluffy, only to find that the next day he's sticking out of the back of the kitchen cupboard. Be methodical and calm.

Remember that animals can take in your energy. If you are frantic, he will be scared to leave because of all the turmoil. If he is the only pet that puts food bowls in the middle of each room and sees if he will eat them. This is a clear sign that your fur angel is still somewhere inside your house.

STEP 3

If your baby is out, it's time to start looking. Immerse yourself as much as possible and pick up a blanket or cloth that has your scent on it. When strolling through the neighborhood with an open tuna box, you need to be an olfactory light for your cat. Sweat on clothes, a blanket or a towel and tuna are an irresistible combination.

When walking, be sure to call your kitten in a soft, loving, normal tone. Use a nickname, if any. If you see him and he does not come to you, sit on the ground and put tuna in front of you to convince him.

Keep calling it, be patient. After the cat has left the environment for a while, it may go wild (survival mode) and may have human recognition problems. After getting close enough, reach out slowly and wrap him in a blanket and a towel and take him home. Remember that the tone of your voice should be sweet and enticing.

STEP 4

Call the Humane Society and inform them of your lost pet. Hire a humane trap and place it near the door where your pet came out. Cover the trap with clothes that have a familiar aroma and put his favorite food in it. You can catch some other babies so you know how to free them from the trap.

STEP 5

Word retrieval is very important! Therefore, I encourage everyone to keep up-to-date pictures of their pets. The descriptions may be vague, but one picture speaks a thousand words.

STEP 6

The reward poster is a major pet recovery tool. Unfortunately, people are motivated by money and if they see an amount, they will take additional steps to look for your missing pet. The prize poster must have the sum of the top of BIG BOLD BETTERS that can be viewed from a distance. The next thing should be a picture of your pet. The following section should read: Lost near (give only street name), last seen on (specify date).

Give any special features like extra fingers, scar, crooked tail, very shy and clear description of the fur and breed of your companion animal. Do not enter your address, only your phone number. If the pet has a specific medical problem, indicate it on the flyer. If not delayed, "there are special needs." This is a great motivation if someone is holding your pet. They will think there will be a cost to the vet and will be forced to return the pet as soon as possible.

Always go get your pet with someone else and don't bring cash with you. Add that the prize will be given when the pet is restored.

STEP 7

Distribute a billboard or what I like to call "SWIMMING POOLS". It is a proven fact that the more posters you put, the better the results. People will always take some of them, but if you have "flooded" the area, some people will always be left to see them.

Copy your brochure and put it in your local newspaper. If you are a pet on medication, sick, and accompanying an elderly person or child, TV news and radio will view this as a special interest human story. Explore this area. I've put together a list of places to put posters. If you come across other good ones, please send me an email so we can share them with others.

  • Antique stores

  • Apartment complex (in the lobby next to the mailboxes)

  • ATM

  • BANK

  • Beauty delivery

  • Bulletin boards

  • Bus stops

  • Cable company (You can fax this ~ installers)

  • Party cars

  • Cars for rent

  • Check the cache locations

  • churches

  • Cleaners

  • Clinics (emergency and government clinics)

  • Clothing stores

  • Coffee

  • Computer stores

  • Day care

  • DMV

  • Doctors (you can fax them, look at your yellow pages)

  • Dentists (you can fax them, look at your yellow pages)

  • Donut Shops

  • Door to door (in their mailboxes)

  • Electrical company (fax to head office, they go out for repair)

  • Emergency medical care (for both humans and animals)

  • Grocery stores

  • Food delivery (look at the yellow pages for pizza, Chinese, chicken, etc.,

  • they go out to deliver continuously! Personal delivery of the poster is better,

  • but you can fax them)

  • Gardeners

  • Garden accessories

  • Gas Company (Fax)

  • Gas stations

  • Total supply

  • Public services

  • Grocery stores (see if they allow you to place it in the pet food section

  • at the store)

  • Home Improvement Stores

  • Hospitals (cafes and offices and nurses)

  • Human society

  • Ice cream parlors

  • K March, WALMART, Sears

  • self-service laundry

  • Library

  • Liquor stores

  • Mail carriers (give them to them)

  • UPS delivery (if you see a truck mounted on the windscreen)

  • Fed Ex

  • Meeting rooms (Elks, Moose and other organizations)

  • Motels

  • Movies for rent

  • Movie Theaters

  • New construction

  • News stands

  • Nursing Home

  • PO BOX Rentals

  • Telephone company (this can also be faxed)!

  • Places to copy photos

  • Developing places

  • Paper Boy

  • Parking spaces

  • pharmacy

  • Post office

  • Restaurants

  • schools

  • Shopping centers

  • Angle angle (of traffic lights and stop signs)

  • Travel agents

  • Truck stop

  • Veterinarians (within 5 miles ~ you can fax them)!

  • Weight watchers

Hope this helps!