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A lost cat is every pet parent’s nightmare.
If you have a cat that stays inside you may have to deal with this situation more frequently as indoor cats can get out and become lost or hurt as curiosity gets the best of them when the opportunity to venture out arises. While indoor-outdoor cats are usually comfortable coming and going as they please; you never know where their adventures may take them.
If you have an indoor-outdoor cat who has gone missing for a couple of days, keep in mind that cats are territorial. An indoor-outdoor cat is more likely to defend “his” territory than he is to run further away or get lost. Because of a cat’s inherent territorial nature, if he doesn’t come home it is more likely he was injured, stolen or deceased.
An indoor cat doesn’t have the scent attachment to the out-of-doors that a cat who spends time outdoors does and that may cause her to run away out of fear.
If your cat goes missing, you need to set your emotions aside and consider these possibilities:
If your cat goes missing here are ways to find her (these may work for both indoor and indoor-outdoor cats):
Make a plan
Have a strategy for finding your cat and bringing her home. You may also be seeking closure if she has been missing for some time, that she is deceased. No matter what your plan, time is of the essence to find your beloved cat. As soon as you notice your cat is missing you want to start searching for her.
If you have an indoor-outdoor cat you may not want to have a collar on her, but if you do, make certain he is wearing an identification tag and that it is a “breakaway collar” so she doesn’t get injured if the collar gets caught. If your cat has identification on a collar she is more likely to be returned to you.
Microchip your cat – whether she is indoor-only or indoor-outdoor. A microchip is permanent and could amp up the chance your cat will be returned to you. Some pet parents also have ear tattoos for their pets as that is also a permanent record the cat is yours.
There are benefits for indoor cats
Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives than outdoor cats because they are not exposed to wildlife, vehicles, being stolen or outdoor borne illness like Lyme Disease. An indoor cat is a much safer cat.
Some pet parents believe that cats need to be “in the wild” to connect with their inner wildcat. You can enrich your cat’s indoor environment with toys, scratching posts, cat trees, and other items to help him jump and pounce on prey. There are puzzle toys you can get for your cat to help with her hunting instinct.
If your cat goes missing you need to immediately begin a search. You don’t want to give her too much of a chance to get scared or chased and climb a tree or run even further away.
Once your cat is returned, you may want to call your veterinarian to have her checked to assure she isn’t injured or doesn’t have any tick bites. If you have cat health insurance you have peace of mind that when your cat is returned, you can take her to the vet for a check-up.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat! From a small cold to big health problems alike. Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.
Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care.
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