If your cat is lost, it is important to begin your search as soon as possible. Many cats won't come when they are called and hide when fearful, so be persistent in your efforts.
Begin your search close to home. In many cases, your cat won't wander far, especially if she is normally an inside cat. Look in places cats are likely to hide if they are afraid such as under bushes and porches or up in trees. Call your cat's name in the voice you normally use to speak to her and listen closely for a response.
Extending Your Search
If you do not find your cat on an initial search near your home, start expanding your search by talking to neighbors. This ensures you have many people looking for your cat. Make posters and put them up around town. Include a picture of your cat if possible, as well as a description and your contact information. Offering a reward provides incentives for people, especially children, to search for your cat.
Set up food, water and familiar bedding on your porch in case your cat returns. This can ensure her survival if she has been without food or water and encourages her to stay in a familiar place until you return home.
Call local animal control, humane societies and veterinary offices and give them a description of your cat. Send them a picture of your cat if possible so that they can identify her if she is brought in.
Finally, use online and mobile resources to find your cat. Posting ads on apps such as Pet Spotter and websites like the Center for Lost Pets lets people know who to contact if they see your cat. Also check the found ads on local websites and papers in case your cat is listed.
Microchips and Lost Cats
If your cat is found and an individual takes him to a vet or animal shelter, her microchip will allow you to be reunited with your cat. Most vets and animal shelters scan all stray cats for a microchip. The vet can then get your contact information from the microchip company and contact you about your cat.
When a microchip is implanted in your cat, it is not activated until you register the chip. Several companies offer microchips. Your vet will provide you with the information you need to register your cat. Make sure you keep your contact information current. If you fail to update your phone number or address, the animal shelter will not be able to reach you if your cat is found.
A micropchip is not a GPS device. It will not allow you to track your cat if she is lost.