What Are the Chances of Finding a Lost Cat? DoNotPay Can Help!
Any cat parent can surely understand the devastating feeling that hits when you realize your pet has gone missing. The number one question on your mind is, "What are the chances I am going to find my lost cat?"
When you're on the hunt for a missing cat, remember you can boost your chances of finding your beloved animal when you enlist help from DoNotPay.
For the mathematically minded, we've compiled some data that may provide some comfort as you consider the chances of finding your lost cat.
For instance, according to studies from Lost Pet Research, reports indicate:
- Statistically, up to 84% of lost cats are found.
- Of these, over 59% returned home on their own.
- 75% of lost cats were found within 500 meters (547 yards) of home.
- The median recovery time of a lost cat was 5 days or less.
If you're missing a feline friend, the chances of finding your lost cat will depend on many factors, including how you go about your search. If you want the best odds for reuniting with a lost cat, there are two things that can help you—a little bit of luck, and the services of DoNotPay. Let us file an official report on your behalf by using our Lost and Found Pets product.
How to Find Your Lost Cat on Your Own
If you start your search and rescue mission for a lost cat immediately, the chances of finding it within 24 hours are nearly 90%. Give yourself the best odds of bringing your kitty home by being prepared to put in the necessary work, and remember--don't give up hope! Here are some effective steps that will help you find your lost cat on your own:
- Search the property carefully. Unless you witnessed the escape, ensure the house is truly empty by checking every room, closet, and small space to make sure your cat isn't just hunkered down somewhere unexpected. As you expand your search, keep close to the house. It is highly likely that the lost cat is scared and hiding somewhere nearby. Check under porches, hedges, and in neighboring sheds. A Missing Cat Study from 2017 revealed that 40% of lost cats were recovered by their guardians thanks to a well-conducted, physical search of the missing cat's territory.
- Ask for help from neighbors and friends. Let them know your cat ran away. Put up ads and flyers—the brighter, the better—and consider offering a reward if found. An effective poster that includes a recent photo of the critter and a contact phone number can dramatically increase your chances of finding a lost cat.
- Don't stop there! With the entire internet at your fingertips, you should do yourself a favor by posting about your missing cat on relevant Facebook pages and other social media websites. Many communities and cities have dedicated organizations online designed to reunite missing pets with their owners. Other online resources include:
- If your cat has been found by a well-meaning stranger, it may have been dropped off at an animal shelter. Visit your local rescues as often as you can to see if any recently found cats have been turned in. Leave your contact information and a description of your lost cat at their front desk.
- Local veterinary hospitals and offices should also be contacted, especially in the upsetting event that your animal has been injured. Even if they haven't recovered your animal, chances are they'll have some additional tips for you as you continue to search for your lost cat.
- Officially report your cat lost through your local city or municipality. This step is crucial! When you submit a lost pet report to your government's database, they are able to compare your details against found animal reports within the database, boosting the chances of bringing your cat home.
How to Increase the Chances of Finding Your Lost Cat With DoNotPay
Tracking down a lost cat can be stressful. It might take all your strength not to break down and start crying. When you're ready to increase your odds of success, delegate some of the work to DoNotPay.
DoNotPay makes it much easier to complete the necessary steps for reporting your missing cat to the authorities. Our Lost and Found Pets product helps you focus on the physical search while we tap into the online lost pet database and submit all the details about your missing feline.
Here's how to increase the chances of finding your lost cat with DoNotPay in three simple steps:
- Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found.
- Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more.
- Upload evidence a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates.
And that's it! DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, and make sure your lost cat gets recorded in the government directory with your contact information.
With DoNotPay, the Odds Are in Your Favor!
Increase your chances of successfully tackling virtually ANY problem you face! Did you know DoNotPay offers an array of products and services that can do so much more than assist you with filing lost pet reports?
We're convinced you'll be impressed. Here's a peek at just a few other services offered by DoNotPay:
- Schedule DMV Appointments
- Find and Apply for Senior Assisted Living
- Request a Small Business Loan
- Register a Trademark
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