Many of us have been in this very situation: your cat ran off for some unsanctioned outside fun, or they haven't returned in a couple of days, or something spooked them and they escaped into the great outdoors and now, you don't really know what to do.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can try that will help improve the chances your feline friend will find you again:
- Tell your microchip database immediately;
- Post up posters in the neighbourhood with a good photo and ask people to check their sheds and garages;
- Contact vets and rescue centres as they may have picked up your cat;
- Speak to your closest neighbours personally and ask them to check their sheds/garages for you and keep an eye out;
- Keep the cat flap or other usual entry points wide open in case they try to return;
Scared cats, especially indoor only cats that ventured out into the great open world, might be holed up somewhere very silently in a panic and are not responsive when you call.
It might even happen they are right next door, squeezed into some quiet corner waiting for an opportunity to leave so don't forget that direct searching, especially in neighbours' properties, might make the difference between recovering your cat safe and sound or not recovering them at all.
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