Depending on whether your lost cat is an indoor cat, allowed outdoor access on occasion or is exclusively an outdoor cat, there are different search tips to consider. In any case, it is advisable to thoroughly search your home, yard and any outdoor structures such as sheds or barns before heading out to search the neighborhood.
If your cat is exclusively an indoor cat, you are far more likely to find that your cat isnt missing at all. First, thoroughly check all areas in your home, even the smallest and most unlikely places including bookshelves, boxes, closets, under beds, and other similar areas. If your indoor cat did happen to sneak outside, check the areas around your home. If they are not familiar with the outdoors, cats will typically be too afraid to wander far. Call you cats name and shake a can of their favorite treats to lure them to you.
Cats that are given periodic outdoor access will usually come home when its feeding time. If they dont show up by this time, begin searching your neighborhood by following the same procedures listed above (calling the cats name and shaking a can of their favorite food). There have been many cases when cats who are allowed periodic outdoor access are chased off by other animals or chase other animals themselves only to become lost in the end. If your cat is scared of people, dont get a big search party involved as this may cause them to go further into hiding. However, do tell your neighbors that your cat is missing. Give them a detailed description along with your contact info in case they see your cat wandering around their home.
Cats that live exclusively outdoors retain territories. They do not typically wander far from their designated territories. If you havent seen your outdoor cat for some time, something has happened to disrupt the typical behavior of your cat to return home. For any lost cat that has not been found by their typical feeding time, it is important to begin searching more aggressively. Call local animal shelters, vet clinics, and other animal organizations. Put out a lost cat alert on Internet pet finding websites. Online search services can reach the greatest number of people and animal organizations in the shortest amount of time. Check local shelters on a regular basis. Make sure that everyone involved in the search for your lost cat has a detailed description (include a photo if you have one) as well as your contact information.