Did you know that only 25% of lost cats are found by their owners? Why? Because searches are often not very active. Here are some simple tips for finding your cat.
While using social media and the help of your friends and family to find your cat is always recommended, nothing is more effective than a thorough search of the neighborhood. In other words: physically look for your pet in every possible nook and cranny; bushes, under balconies, in sheds, etc.
An outdoor cat is territorial, often visiting the same places in the neighborhood. The average distance an outdoor cat travels is 315 meters, which is about 17 houses from its home. Field search is more difficult, but studies show that 40% of cats are found by physically searching their usual territory.
An indoor cat will often be terrified to be outside its territory, which is your home. Since the environment is unfamiliar, it will hide and may stay hidden for several days or even weeks. An indoor cat will rarely run more than 50 meters from its home, that is, two and a half houses away. It is, therefore, possible for the owner to be very active in his physical search.
Here are some commonly heard misconceptions: