Lost cats that are not found by their families are a major contributing factor to worldwide feral, shelter, and homeless cat populations. In 2011 a preliminary, non-scientific study by Missing Pet Partnership determined that the majority (93%) of escaped indoor-only cats were found within a 3-house radius of their escape point, hiding in fear. A scientific study is needed to verify these preliminary findings and to help educate animal welfare, veterinarian, and animal shelter staff how to properly advise cat owners where and how to search for a missing cat. Missing Pet Partnership is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the University of Queensland (Australia) to conduct the first-ever Missing Cat Study. Through an on-line survey, this study will interview cat owner/guardians who’ve lost a cat and identify the typical distances that lost cats travel, how they behave when lost, and the most effective recovery methods. If you’ve ever lost a cat, please help us by participating in the below survey. Thank you for helping MPP to help save the lives of cats! The survey should only take 8 minutes to complete. To take the survey, click here.
Reprinted from Missing Pet Partnership.