Here are some tips to get your cat back faster…
- One of the most important steps – Immediately VISIT your local Animal Control/Humane Societies in an approximately 10 mile range to look for him/her and to file a LOST report so they can be on the lookout for him/her. Keep visiting regularly to check as well. It is especially helpful to take a flyer that has his/her pictures on it. Link to listing of all shelters – http://www.indylostpetalert.com/shelters/
- Have flyers copied (can use the posting we have created for your pet) to distribute. Contact local veterinarians to give them a flyer that your cat is missing.
- If your cat is microchipped, please make sure to update any outdated information throughout the chip company ASAP! You can always contact the place that put the chip in for the number/chip company info. For more microchipping information, please visit www.indylostpetalert.com/microchipping/
- Place signs in your yard and several in the area where he/she went missing. Entrances and exits of neighborhoods are great places to post. Also, posting at public places with community boards such as grocery stores, pet stores, etc. provide great visibility. Using clear contact paper or clear packing tape can help make signs waterproof.
- Indoor kitties generally do not venture far when they get out- ¼ – 1/2 mi at most, usually no more than 6-8 houses away. Look under bushes, decks, piles of wood or junk, sheds, in basement window wells, etc.
- Place a cat carrier or box close to the house in a ‘sheltered’ area. Fill with his/her food, and clothing or a blanket with his/her scent and your scent. Note: if there are coyotes in your neighborhood, please do NOT put food out.
- Put the litter box outside at the back door or on the porch, etc. This may help your cat find his/her way home.
- Visit with all neighbors and ask them to check their property, including inside garages, sheds, and basements etc. Provide them with a contact number to reach you quickly if they see him/her.
- If your neighborhood or part of town has a FB page or an email distribution, please post your missing cat there. Also, tell your mail/FedEx/UPS person who drives or walksaround your neighborhood. Please also post on your nextdoor.com site for your neighborhood.
- Don’t give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months have been reunited with their owners.
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