Have a good photograph that can positively identify your cat. Photograph both sides of your cat, being sure to include any distinguishing markings. Make sure the photograph will reprint clearly in black and white, and when it is enlarged to poster size.
Microchip your cat. This is the only type of identification that your cat cannot lose. Animal control officers have even successfully scanned microchips in skeletal remains found in the woods. Keep the number handy in case you need it.
Be sure to register your cat with the mircochip bank and update your address and phone number with the microchip bank any time that you move. Chips are worthless if they cannot be traced back to the owner! If you are unsure if your cat is registered or your information is current, go to The American Animal Hospital Association universal pet microchip lookup page.
If you are a resident of Cobb County, register your microchip numbers in their data base. This is the most likely place for your cat to turn up, and they scan every pet that comes in the door. Send this form to:
Cobb County Animal Control
1060 Al Bishop Drive
Marietta, GA 30008
Microchip # ________________________________
City, State, Zip Code ________________________________________________
Pet?s Name _____________________________________________________
Species _____________________Breed _____________________________
Sex ________________________ Color _______________________
If Your Cat Has Just Been Lost
Professional pet detectives say that 99% of all lost cats are within 50 yards of their home, hiding and afraid to come out. Spend lots of time looking close to the house, calling and searching small hiding places. Put food out close to your back door. Keep your dogs inside, so that they won?t frighten the cat away. Keep looking. It may be days before your cat decides to surface!
If your cat is very nervous, consider borrowing a live trap from animal control or the humane society.
Notify your local animal control offices and humane society to let them know that your cat is missing. Tell them where the cat was last seen and give them a complete description of the pet. Do not depend on these agencies to recognize your cat; visit the shelters every few days to determine whether or not your cat is there. Cobb County Animal Control = (770) 499-4136. The Humane Society of Cobb County = (770) 428-5678.
If Your Cat Has Been Lost for More Than 24 Hours
Put up posters around your neighborhood. Go to www.petevents.com.au/lostpettips.shtml#poster and enter your cat?s description for a quick, professional looking poster. Be sure to send a copy of your poster to local shelters and veterinarians.
Go to www.lostandpound.com to use this free service for locating lost pets. Enter your cat?s pictures and description, including the location where it was last seen. Upon entering this information, a LOST PET ALERT is sent immediately via email to a combination of participating veterinarians, animal shelters, police stations, media outlets, pet service companies and ?neighborhood watch volunteers? within a 45 mile radius of where your pet was lost. Also enter your cat’s pictures and description on www.tabbytracker.com.
Consider purchasing a lost pet alert from www.findtoto.com. This is a service for finding lost pets that makes automated phone calls to homes around your zip code, describing your pet and telling people where to call if they see it. There is a charge for this service, starting at $95.00 for 500 calls and ranging up to $875 for 10,000 calls, but it is a very successful way to get the word out.
How Your Cat Might End Up Far From Home
Just occasionally, a cat is chased farther from home than would be expected by free-roaming dogs. If there are not leash laws in your neighborhood, or if dogs were unexpectedly loose when your cat went missing, you might want to search a little farther from home.
In cold weather, cats sometimes climb up in the engines of recently driven cars seeking warmth and safe haven. Often these cats are badly injured when the car is started again, but if they are sitting in just the right place, they can traveling for many miles and come out only when the car stops again. Cats have been known to travel more than fifty miles in this manner.
Coyotes are common in Cobb County, and they are known to prey on cats. Cats without ?street smarts? are easy targets. If you know that coyotes are in your area, search for your cat often late at night in order to keep predators at bay.