How to Find a Missing Cat

The number of pet cats who go missing is difficult to estimate, as is the number of cats who, tragically, are never found. Sometimes cats stay lost even though their families do everything they can think of to find them. But many times, people don’t have the slightest idea how or where to even begin looking, How To Find A Lost Cat?

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Cat hiding inside the house
Sometimes, they are still inside the house. A near-tragic example is the case of Alberto, a two-year-old cat who disappeared one night from her family’s home. Alberto remained missing until a few weeks later — when the family suddenly heard a faint “meow” coming from, of all things, a hinged window seat in the living room.

“Alberto is a perfect example of why you should comb every inch of your house thoroughly,” Says Dr. Hanen Abdel Rahman. “Check areas where you think the cat couldn’t possibly be, like inside cupboards, under mattresses, and behind dressers. Check, then check again, because cats may change their hiding spots over time.”

You’ll need all the help you can get to find your kitty as soon as possible. Here’s a list of the people you need to call before you start searching outside:

  • Neighbors
  • Animal Control
  • Local animal shelters
  • Friends
  • Family members
  • The staff of your pet tracker’s service

You must alert your neighbors because there’s a chance the cat could have sneaked into their yard, garage, house, or apartment, especially if they have other animals.

Where are you looking?
You’ve already checked every single corner of your home and your furry friend isn’t there. Here’s where it might be hiding:

  • Under parked cars
  • Among dense foliage
  • In high spots like rooftops and trees
  • In tucked crawling spaces like vent shafts and porches
  • Neighbors’ home or garage
  • Around shops, cafés, fast food chains, and diners
  • Near a feral cat in heat’s lair
  • The places where you take your cat for a walk

As you can see, there are a plethora of hiding spaces. Moreover, there’s also a chance your pet could have been driven away if it hid in an unsuspecting driver’s vehicle.