Green Mountain Animal Defenders*Working to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals Since 1983
Timing is crucial when you've realized your indoor cat has slipped outside, because there are so many factors that pose serious threats to them from cars to predators. Once outdoors, your cat will most likely stay close to home (assuming s/he is spayed/neutered) and hide under a porch or car. Remember, even if your indoor cat recognizes your voice, s/he may not respond because catsí instincts tell them it's safer to remain quiet and not attract attention from predators.
If your cat is not spay/neutered, then it is very possible that that s/he is roaming in search of a mate. Roaming can pose various threats to cats from encounters with other territorial cats to cars. Cats who have gone missing are often times found in trees after being chased by a dog or other threat, so be sure to look up when searching your neighborhood.
It is crucial to take immediate local actions and get the word out about your missing dog or cat. Talk to neighbors, veterinarians, shelters and animal control wardens, pet stores, and prepare fliers to post at local locations.
While posting fliers and talking to people is essential, donít forget to try attracting your lost dog or cat back home. Try leaving a shirt or pair of shoes you've worn on the porch; your scent will be released when the wind blows. For missing dogs who love the company of other dogs, enlist the help of a friend and their dog(s) to help in the neighborhood search. Don't give up! Many people will not take a pet to an animal shelter in hopes of finding the owner or with the thought of keeping the animal.
Dealing with an animal escape artist can be confusing. Once you find your dog or cat, ask yourself, what caused him/her to go missing. Was s/he startled? Was there a new addition to the family like a new animal or child? Or does your furry friend simply have a strong urge to dart outside and explore? There are ways to address those behaviors and adjust your home environment to respond to these situations. Sometimes providing more stimulating environments can help prevent boredom. To reduce opportunities for the escape artist, think about how your home could be made safer to prevent ongoing risks. Contact us to be put in touch with a cat and dog behavior counselor.