A current register of cats, lost and found in the Forest, is kept by one of our volunteers. Every attempt will be made to reunite lost cats with their owners so a good description of the cat (with photos) and where it was lost or found is paramount. If you have lost or found a cat please:
The best way of being sure that your cat will be returned to you if it gets lost is to get it microchipped. This is an inexpensive and painless procedure. Check with your local vet to find out the price. Always keep the contact details registered with the microchip up-to-date, especially if you move home or change your phone.
If you find a stray cat and can get it to your vet, they will scan it to see if it has a microchip which will identify its owner. There is usually no charge for this service.
What to do if your cat is missing:
- Ring round the local vets and contact Cats Protection.
- Walk all round your locality, look on road verges, under hedges and in woodland. Call out and rattle the food dish or a box of biscuits.
- Consider using Facebook & Nextdoor social media sites to advertise the cat as missing.
- Check that the cat microchip contact details are up-to-date.
- Call on neighbours or put a flyer through their doors with a description & photo of the missing cat. Ask if you can look in their garage, shed, greenhouse, outbuildings, caravan. Call out yourself as the cat may be nervous of strange voices.
- Put up notices in your local shops & supermarkets, village & parish noticeboards. Include local bus stops & outside nearby schools.
- Ask the postman & the milkman. They are wonderful sources of local information!
- Place an ad in the local papers under “Pets” or “Lost”. Look in the “Found” columns.
FINALLY …when your search is completed, please take down all of your missing posters. This frees up space for the next lost cat & reduces complaints about fly-posting.