Do cats get lost?

Lost cat posters, lost cat ads in newspapers, flyers that have the photo of the lost cat and the contact numbers of the owners…these are just some of the efforts made by cat owners to find the lost pet. Cats do get lost because these are very inquisitive creatures. Outdoor cats have the inclination to wander. The call of the outdoors would prove too much to resist for an indoor-only cat. A door that is left ajar would be an opportunity for these pets to have an adventure outdoors. Some cats would find their way home…others would wander further and get lost. A lost cat would be a nightmare of the owners.

Cats would not intentionally run away. It is not uncommon for cats to stay with an abusive owner because these animals are territorial. It is generally believed that cats do not get lost as aside from the legendary ability to perceive direction, cats are known to have a homing instinct because of the psi trailing phenomenon. It was proven countless of times that cats have the ability to locate the owners. Despite these abilities a lot of cats are parted from the owners. Cats get lost every day and owners would worry about the fate of the pet. The cat may have wandered far from home, inadvertently trapped and spirited off when it gets into a car. The cat may have been found by a cat lover that “intentionally” took the pet and rationalize the action by believing that it is a stray. The lost cat may have been stolen.

The first thing a cat owner has to do when the cat gets missing is not to panic. The pet may not really be lost. Cats are very crafty creatures and it is rather surprising where these animals can get to. Look for the cat inside the house. Weird places like the washing machine, the very small space behind the refrigerator or heater must be inspected. Listen intently for any kind of sound…the cat can be trapped inside a closet. Missing cats, especially indoor-only pets may not wander far away from home. A cat in a state of extreme fear would be in the defense mood. Situations like being chased by a dog or sustaining an injury from an accident that cause severe pain would make a cat hide from anything that is perceived as a threat and this includes the owners. No amount of calling and offering of the cat’s favorite treat would make the cat come out from its hiding place. In the cat’s mind staying hidden is the only way to survive. A cat that was not really lost would come out of hiding but may not return home especially if the cause of the fear like a dog is still around. The cat would surely recognize the owner but fear would make the cat scratch and bite. The cat owner may need to use a humane trap to get the pet.

Some pet owners would need to find the cat that was really lost. Ask the postman if the cat was seen. It would be a good idea to enlist the help of children in the area. Kids are known to have a kind of bond with animals that adults do not have. Kids that roam the community would know possible locations where the cat can hide. Check animal shelters. Lost pets commonly end up in shelters when found by good Samaritans. Posters, flyers and ads in local newspapers and the promise of a small reward would be a big help in getting the lost pet reunited with the owners.