Cats usually don't go far from home on their own. Go out after dark/dusk with flashlight looking under cars, bushes, wooded areas, under decks, porches, stairways, stored objects looking for reflection of their eyes. Also walk shaking her favorite bag of treats, calling her. Put something of yours heavy with your scent (dirty clothes, pillow case, blanket etc) outside. If you have something you can tear into pieces and make a trail back home would also work. Post signs asking neighbors for possible sightings. Can also make a trail of smelly food ( mackeral/tuna mixed with water & brine) toward your house or put out food and fresh water hoping she will come home when she is hungry. Do NOT put out litter. Many suggest this but this can tempt other animals to use or mark as their own which will keep your baby away.
Cats have a much higher threshold than other animals. They can stay hidden for days even weeks before reaching their threshold. Most times, an owner gives up before the cat ever reaches their threshold to come out. You physically going and searching helps get your scent out and can help your cat reach their threshold sooner. Your scent = safety to your cat. Please, DON’T give up.
Get help from Bob Swensen with Lost Animal Resource Group - LARG ASAP!!! They help with signs, laying scent trails, and trapping. DON'T HESITATE!!! CALL THEM!! I hope your baby is home soon!!! ❤ (And never give up!!)
(**Beware of anyone contacting you saying you need to pay money for help. ) Most REPUTABLE resource/rescue groups, like LARG, will NOT ask you for money to help, they will NOT send verification codes, or immediately suggest you pay for a track. In MOST cases, there are other PROVEN first line strategies, like signs, BEFORE a track is advised.) Info to help you protect yourself from scammers. ❤
"Download Lost Pet Tips - Missing Animal Response Network" https://www.missinganimalresponse.com/lost-pet-help/download-lost-pet-tips/
Contact Lost Animal Resource Group - LARG they are EXCEPTIONAL. They help creating signs for you to make copies to post, scent trails, scent/food stations, cam set up/monitoring,, and trapping. Their resources are FREE. And IF they think you would benefit from a tracker, they have resources to REPUTABLE PROFESSIONAL tracking teams.
Get in touch with them by filling out the intake form at www.LARGcares.org/contact
You will get an automated email with strategies you should implement IMMEDIATELY then a call will follow shortly (24-48hrs) for more tailored strategizing.
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