2 weeks ago
Tips on Finding Cats
Check everywhere inside the house. They can get into very small and unusual places - holes under cabinets, inside ceilings if there are tiles, closets, food cabinets, etc. The cat may be hiding somewhere to stay warm. Check under cars. Cats may even hide inside someone’s car engine. Ask neighbors to check in their garages or under decks and around patios or porches - any space he could hide.
Leave the litter box or some of its used litter in a cardboard box outside so it can smell its way back home.
Bring a bag of cat treats or a noisy toy he might be able to recognize the sound. Someone else found his cat by playing friendly cat sounds from his phone or playing the sounds from another pet that may be familiar. Leave smelly socks near home entrances so they can recognize your scent. Try using a laser pointer at night to lure the cat out as well. Cats are more active at night check the neighborhood at night as well. They tend not to go far unless they got into a car somehow or someone took them.
The mackerel fish scent can help lead them back home if you create a trail of food leading back to your home.
Create an outdoor cat shelter with a box and towel, food and water left outside in case your pet comes back when you are sleeping or are not at home. A winter time cat shelter would be made differently with straw not hay.
There are known, local cat trappers and trackers who can help you set up a humane trap near home as well.
Highly recommend Carlyn Kuder (cat trapper)