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MANY MALES GO MISSING IF THEY ARE NOT NEUTERED. SHOULD THERE BE A FEMALE IN HEAT WITHIN A MILE THEN AN UNNEUTERED WILL TRY TO GET TO HER, IT’S NATURE. SADLY MANY OF THESE EITHER ARE LOST OR SUFFER ON THE ROAD. PLEASE DON’T PUT OFF NEUTERING AND CERTAINLY DON’T LET THEM OUT UNTIL THEY ARE.
The procedure for dealing with either a cat that has not returned home is really the same as when a cat has turned up on your doorstep. IF YOU HAVE A STRAY APPEAR PLEASE REPORT IT BUT DON’T GIVE IT TO A NEW HOME FOR TWO WEEKS IN CASE AN OWNER COMES FORWARD. If at all possible take it to a vet to be scanned to see if it is chipped.
There are quite a few organizations that keep a register of lost and found cats. One of the most important steps is to make sure that your microchipped cat is registered, it’s of little use if the chip has no details listed. Also make sure that you keep your details up to date on the register.
Cats go missing for many reasons and probably the worst thing for their family is the not knowing. At least if the worst has happened you are able to begin to come to terms with their loss. Many cats are probably living quite contentedly in new homes. It is these cats that really need registering before you take them in as part of your family.
People often assume that any cat that pops in for food and a fuss is homeless. As most cat owners know this is not the case. If you notice a cat hanging about please report it as someone could be fretting over their disappearance.
Although we are beginning to make headway it is still a fact that there are still more stray cats than we can find places for. If you have a stray regularly visiting do not be overly concerned at their lack of a home, cats are a resilient animal and survivors. However for them to be able to cope living outside they need to be in tip top condition. Any knots in their fur, wounds or poor fur condition need to be dealt with. These cats we will always get treated as a matter of urgency and they get priority for bringing into care. A healthy cat will be OK temporarily as long as it has shelter and food. A box in your shed can be all it takes for your visitor to survive the harshest of winters. When you are going into your shed, garage or outbuildings always try to check that no cat has crept in and fallen asleep.
BEFORE YOU DECIDE PUSS IS LOST PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK EVERYWHERE INDOORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE PLACES THAT YOU BELIEVE IMPOSSIBLE FOR PUSS TO BE. SO MANY TIMES ‘LOST CATS’ HAVE TURNED UP INDOORS IN CUPBOARDS, BEHIND APPLIANCES AND, AS RECENTLY, IN AN UNDERBED STORAGE DRAWER.