Results of Catster Poll on Lost Cats
Last week, Catster published a poll, asking if you'd ever had a cat go missing or run away from home. Over 65% of you reported having lost a cat, and sadly, over 21% have had cats go missing that were never found. What can you do to improve those numbers? Here are some tips:
- Microchip AND tag your pets even if they are strictly indoor pets. Microchipping works even when a collar is lost, and tags enable finders to contact you quickly. Pet recovery services like Together Tag guarantee that the person who finds your pet can contact you even if you're not reachable by phone, and ensures that they have access to your pet's medical and vet information.
- Keep your cat contained. This doesn't mean that Fluffy won't ever be able to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Consider these options:
- Install cat fencing. There are many traditional and wireless options available.
- Build a catio to allow your cat access to the outdoors while being safely contained.
- Get a stroller for your indoor cat. Enjoy quality time and fresh air together. Watch for the upcoming Cat's Meow's Spring Strolling issue to find out more about this popular option (subscribe by email so you won't miss it!).
- Harness and leash-train your cat. Yes, it can be done!
- If you're still unfortunate enough to lose your cat, check out our post on Going the Extra Mile to Find Your Lost Pet.