Cats make wonderful, loving companions. Unfortunately, however, they are also prone to wander, and millions of people lose their furry friends each year.
Some pet owners never see their cats again, but those who take the right steps are often reunited with their beloved pets.
Obviously, to avoid stress and worry on your part, and to reduce potential danger to your cat, the best thing you can do is keep your cat from going missing in the first place.
The Importance of Spaying and Neutering
One of the main reasons outdoor cats wander off and indoor cats try to escape is because they are trying to find a mate.
The urge to mate is strong, but by spaying or neutering your cat, you can eliminate this urge.
Altered cats are much more likely to stick close to home, which keeps your feline friend safe and sound.
Ways To Prevent Your Cat From Running Away
In addition to spaying or neutering, there are other things you can do to keep your cat from disappearing. Keeping your cat solely as an indoor cat is smart and can even lengthen your cat’s lifespan.
However, not all cats are happy indoors, so if you must let your cat out, take the proper precautions.
Consider using a leash and harness to take your cat outside or invest in a screened-in porch or other outdoor area. There are even special cat playpens for outdoor use.
What to Do if Your Cat Goes Missing
If you cat does go missing, don’t panic! Many cats will return home on their own. While you wait, you can ease your mind by attempting to find your cat.
Search your neighbourhood and look in favourite hiding spots for your cat, and be sure to call animal control to see if your pet has been picked up.
You can also post “lost cat” fliers in case someone finds your pet.
How to Trap Cat Runaways
If you suspect that your cat is still in the area and you’d like to try luring him or her back home, invest in a good, humane cat trap.
Set up the trap properly and follow the instructions on how to trap your cat safely. Make sure the trap is close to your home and that you use a tempting, preferably strong-smelling bait.
You should also check the trap regularly to ensure that other animals haven’t gotten inside of it.
What to Do When You Get Your Cat Back
Traps tend to work quite well, so odds are, you’ll end up getting your cat back.
If and when you do, be sure to take your cat to a vet, especially if it’s been gone for a prolonged period of time.
You want to make sure that it is still healthy, and this is also a good time to consider spaying or neutering and micro-chipping your cat if you haven’t already done so.