One of the worst things to happen to a pet owner who cares is realizing that their beloved cat is missing. After checking your home thoroughly and realizing that your cat is actually "gone", there are some tips to help you during this stressful time.
According to an article on the Purina site, www.petcentric.com, posted January 25, there are some guidelines.
The first thing you need to do is make up your mind that something has happened to your cat and danger is out there. Your cat did not just run away.
Secondly, thoroughly search your entire property and look under everything. Your cat may be injured, trapped, or worse and will not meow.
If there are nearby neighbors, contact them to see if you may also search their property in the event that your cat went to see someone he knows. Cats can hide in very small spaces, so check everywhere.
Contact local animal shelters to see if animal control has picked him up and file a lost pet report.
Fluorescent poster board to make a "Reward, lost cat" sign is a good idea. Post them within a half mile of your home and include a photo, your phone number and a short description.
Flyers about your lost cat can be helpful. Distribute these around your neighborhood and go door to door.
The local newspaper usually has a lost and found column; post an ad there.
Think beyond just a short area; go a few miles and blocks out.
Cat rescue groups and adoption listings are also a good contact.
Be sure to call the local shelters every few days.
Lastly, don't give up on your cat; miracles do happen.
Be vigilant and exhaust all possibilities for a few months. Your cat may be in another state, at a no-kill shelter, in a feral cat colony or at someone's home.
Remember how wonderful it will be to find your special cat family member.
Remember the good times with your pet and how much they bring to our lives. This will help you keep looking!