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Where to start searching for your missing cat

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Where to Look for Your Lost Cat

Losing a beloved cat can be so incredibly stressful. But before you despair, remember: many lost cats are found close to home, especially indoor-only ones. This information will help you conduct a thorough physical search, maximising your chances of finding your lost cat.

Start Your Search Close to Home

  • Search every nook and cranny in your house, including wardrobes, cupboards, behind appliances, and under furniture. Don't forget gardens, decking, and any outdoor sheds or garages. Do Check in bushes and in trees, often a cat is stuck up a tree and is afraid to come down.

  • Ask your neighbours if they'll let you search their properties, focusing on sheds, garages, and and any outbuildings with open windows. Explain the importance of checking these areas, and most will be happy to help.

  • Be mindful of hiding spots: Cats, especially scared ones, might hide in silence. Check under decking, under shed bases, in bushes, and beneath piles of leaves. Use a flashlight to scan dark corners, as it can reflect off their eyes.

Expanding the Search Radius:

  • Gradually expand your area search beyond your immediate property, starting with next-door neighbours and across the street. Then, move on to houses within a two street radius, and so on.

  • Target areas with potential hiding spots: Check vacant properties (with permission), construction sites, and abandoned buildings. These often have openings that trap curious cats.

  • Don't neglect garages and sheds: These can harbour both your feline friend and wildlife. If possible, ask the owner or seek assistance to access them safely. Make sure you are checking behind any materials and check beams above your head.


  • Stay calm and call frequently: Use a gentle, reassuring voice when calling your cat's name. Even if they don't respond immediately, they might be following the sound from a distance.

  • Be persistent and patient: It might take time for your cat to overcome fear and emerge from hiding. Don't give up hope!

Additional Tips

  • Place food and water outside: Set up a feeding station monitored with a wildlife camera ( You can see if it is your cat visiting the station) This can lure your cat back home, especially at night.

  • Utilise social media and lost pet websites: Share flyers and photos online to increase awareness.

  • Contact local rescue centres and animal warden: Alert them about your missing cat and check regularly for updates.

By following these steps and remaining optimistic, you can significantly increase your chances of finding your cat safe and sound. Remember, every effort counts, so don't hesitate to ask for help and keep searching with unwavering hope. Do ask neighbours and friends to help with your search.

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