The most effective search techniques to find your missing cat depend a lot on your cat's outdoor experience and the circumstances of their disappearance. Finding an escaped indoor-only cat is very different from an outdoor-access cat that did not return home or a cat that escaped from their carrier outside the vet's office or while on vacation. Make sure that you are using the most effective methods to find your lost cat by selecting the most appropriate search checklist below.
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Not sure which checklist to select? Read the descriptions below to find the most appropriate checklist for your situation. If you are not sure, then just pick the ONE checklist that you think is closest to your situation, and you will have the option to download multiple checklists on the download page.
Still can't decide which checklist to choose? Don't worry! Just pick the ONE checklist that you think is closest to your situation, and you will have the option to download multiple checklists on the download page.
Many lost cats can be found if you just know the proper search techniques and the sooner you implement these techniques, the quicker you can find your lost cat. There’s a lot of information on finding lost cats on the internet, but unfortunately, much of this information is wrong or not specific to the type of cat missing. Don’t waste time following questionable information on the internet and the advice of well-meaning (but potentially ill-informed) friends and family.
If you use the correct search techniques right from the start you may be able to find your lost cat in less than a week and often within a few days. On the other hand, if you try lots of other techniques first, it may take weeks to find your lost cat, and some cats are never found. If it has already been a while, don't give up hope! Lost cats have been found weeks or even months after they have gone missing.
The Lost Pet Research & Recovery Search Checklists are the only lost cat search checklists tailored specifically to the type of cat missing (both their outdoor experience and location lost). These checklists are also based on research and data collected from over a decade of experience finding lost cats.