If your cat goes missing…
What to do if your cat goes missing
All pet owners soon get to know their animal’s natural habits. So when they don’t come home near the expected times the warning signs go up. However, sometimes there may be a simple reason your cat has not come home. Maybe they have found a new hiding place or they’ve gone further than they usually do and rain or other bad weather prevents them from making their way home.
In the meantime, you should:
- Make a thorough search of your home and any outside space, especially behind any large furniture or appliances with gaps around them. Any and all nooks. Beware that cats can squeeze into places we wouldn’t believe they could go.
- Write down a detailed description and find a picture(s) if you have them.
- Ask your neighbours in all directions where you live, if they’ve seen your cat.
- Ask people to check their garages, sheds, and parked vans or trucks. Most will do so if asked, but few will think to look themselves.
- Telephone all the agencies listed below.
- Put posters/flyers around your own area, with a picture and a description of the cat they need to look out for, notifying people that he/she is missing.
Your cat needs to be able to get back into the house if he/she comes back at night or when you are away from the house. A cat flap is obviously the best way of providing access for your cat at all times, however, if it’s safe to do so, leave a window open enough for them to get in.
It is worth considering having your pet microchipped. This the safest and most reliable way of identification, it will also help to reunite you with your furry friend.
If on the other hand, you have FOUND a cat/kittens please contact the agencies below. One of the Rescue Centres can send you a paper collar which will help trace the owner if they live in the area where the cat has been found.
The agencies you should contact are as follows:
|Feline Welfare||01983 521 778||Anytime|
|Cats Protection||03000 120 251||11-4pm – closed Tuesdays|
|RSPCA Godshill||01983 840 287||10-4pm – closed Mondays|
|Nine Lives Cat Rescue||01983 852 228||Anytime|
All Veterinary Surgeries:
|Green, Robert & Butler||01983 522 822|
|Medina Veterinary Group||01983 883 955|
|Pet Doctors Animal Hospital||01983 522 804|
|Mobile Vet||01983 212 999|
|Island Vet Care||01983 214 747|
Island Roads: 01983 822 440
Any animals sadly killed on the road will be collected by this company and kept for at least 14 days.
Livestock and Pets Section/ Lost and Found:
|Isle of Wight County Press||01983 526 741|
|Isle of Wight Radio||01983 822 557|
Wightbay – ‘Cats & Kittens’ and ‘Lost and Found’ sections
If you are resident on the mainland you will have the same contacts relevant to your area.
Lost Pets IW – You can access this site if you are registered with Facebook.
Also, on your own Facebook Page, encourage ‘friends’ to share your post, photos are always a great help in tracing your much loved pet.