Monday, October 17, 2005

Lost Cats

The Society has been getting a number of emails from people who have lost their cats in the last few days. The first thing you should do is call the AVA and SPCA to check if they have your cat - and ask your neighbours.

I attended a talk by a woman, Kat Albrecht, who tracks pets down which have gone missing while I was at CHAMP. What was interesting is that she mentioned that cats that have been missing for a longer time are not necessarily gone. In fact, she mentioned that some cats will not come out for several days even if the owner is calling for the cat. She said it depends very much on the personality of the cat. This works much better for indoor only cats though.

Check out these links :-

Lost a Pet
Cats In the Bag

Of course the best way to make sure your cat doesn't go missing is to remember to keep them safely indoors.


Anonymous mrs budak said...

I've often wondered about letting our cat wear a collar at home. We keep her indoors but sometimes (very rarely), when we open the door, she'd slip through and run out. So far, she just stays at the stair landing and has not gone to other floors (we always manage to grab her before she runs away).

But making her wear a collar presents other problems, chief of which is safety.

Guess I'm just being paranoid.

I'm going to get her pictures printed IN ADVANCE though, in case we are so unfortunate as to really lose her!

17/10/05 3:26 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes that's a good idea - they brought some brightly coloured signs to CHAMP and I have to say they were eye catching. Most flyers you have to go up close to read, so it's hard to tell what's happening.

Also, you might want to get her a breakaway collar - that way it breaks off if she gets caught. It may fall off if she runs away, but it's better than nothing.

Plus microchipping her may be a good thing to do too.

17/10/05 3:31 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

I've not been able to find the breakaway collars. I heard about them and have been looking for them. Are they for sale anywhere in Singapore?

Our cat Angel is microchipped as she was adopted from the SPCA. I hope that AVA would actually scan all cats that it captures though.

I think many times, we cat owners forget that while we may recognise our cats, not everybody else do! So we fail to look out for distinguishing marks on our cats to make it easy for the public to identify. Also, if your cat unfortunately gets lost, you suddenly realise that you don't have GOOD PICTURES of your cat!

Our Angel has a white patch on her back and a tattoo in her right ear.

But I need to learn what makes a good "lost pet" notice. I think we all should.

17/10/05 4:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I've seen them and have bought the collars here.

You've made a good point - good photos are a great idea.

17/10/05 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cheap break-a-way collar is a simple elastic band. Buy a packet of 1.5 cm wide elastic band (from needlework supplies in market or Sxxtlight) and cut desired length (larger than cat's neck by at least 4-5 cm - so it would slip off in an emergency)- yet would not be caught in cat's teeth when it is licking itself - this is a fine art. Join ends by sewing loosely with needle and thread. Most ppl would not go near yr lost cat, so write your contact no. big and red on the elastic band - ppl could read that from a distance. Once the cat is comfortable with the cheap band, then you could beautify the band without compromising on its safety (it drops off easily).

17/10/05 7:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good suggestion and for those of us not so handy, do ask around. There are breakaway collars that you can buy at the pet shops.

17/10/05 7:42 PM  

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