When lost, many cats and skittish dogs will act almost like wild animals. This is described as “survival mode.” Usually friendly cats are unlikely to respond to your calls and loose dogs will often bolt when their name is called. This can make finding them difficult by searching or sightings alone. Escaped indoor-only cats in particular are often very close to home, but they can be very difficult to locate since they are incredibly good at hiding and often only come out at night. For more information on why this behavior occurs, read my article on Fear Responses of Cats to People.
A surveillance camera is one of the most useful tools for locating these types of lost pets. There are many types available from actual wireless surveillance cameras to wildlife cameras (a.k.a trail, scouting, or game camera). Wildlife cameras are battery-operated, motion-sensitive cameras that can be attached to a tree or post, and they will take a picture of any animal that walks in front of them. The pictures are generally stored to an SD memory card, and the card needs to be removed from the camera and placed in a digital camera or computer to be viewed. Some more expensive wireless or cellular wildlife cameras exist that will email and/or text you with photos taken. Surveillance cameras are often used in conjunction with a feeding station or a humane trap.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][vc_wp_custommenu nav_menu=”46″][/vc_column][/vc_row]