What to do in Case of a Lost Cat in Singapore

What to do in Case of a Lost Cat in Singapore

Introduction to Lost Cat in Singapore

If you happen to find a lost cat Singapore, you must not be careless about approaching it. Yes, it is surprising to find someone’s lost pet, and you definitely want to help. You know that it is devastating for the owner and the cat to be separated from each other, but do not get carried away. Some cats are only friendly to their owner that they might run away from you or even get aggressive.

You also must know what to do if it happened to you because it is not an uncommon occurrence that you will find a lost cat in Singapore. Hence, you need to be responsible enough to know what to do if it happens to you or someone else.

 

Is the Cat Lost or a Stray?

Once you find out that the cat you see is not feral and you can approach it, you now must figure out if it is lost or a stray that needs a new home. You can easily find out if the cat is lost if it has a collar or ID tag. If this happens, all you must do is contact the owner through the number on her ID. By doing this, you are letting the owner know that their cat is safe with you and they can claim it.

However, it is not always that easy because a lot of people do not put a collar or ID tag on their cat. That is why it can be said that just because it is missing does not mean he does not have a home. You can take the cat to an animal shelter or vet to check if he has a microchip where the owner’s contact information can be found. Although, not all pet cats are microchipped.

 

Set Up a Litter Box, Food, and Water

While you have not found the cat’s owner, you need to set a litter box, water, food, and a little blanket where they can sleep on. if one or two weeks has gone by and you still have not found the owner, you might want to foster it first because shelters are normally full.

The cat will know where it is supposed to poop and pee if you set up a litter box for him. It will not be hard for the cat to recognize a litter box, especially if its owner trained it to use a litter box.

 

If You Have Other Pets

Dealing with a lost cat consumes time, and you might end up fostering it or several days or weeks. In case you have other pets at home, you need to quarantine the cat/kitten until you find the owner or take it to the vet to check its health and for vaccinations.

After the cat has been cleared by the vet for health problems, you can now introduce it to your pets. However, if you are not going to keep the cat even if there is no owner, segregate the cat until you find a good home for him.

If you are going to rehome the cat yourself, you can contact some shelters in Singapore to help you. Some of them are Animal Lovers League, SOSD, and SPCA. In case no one has adopted the cat, you can contact local rescue centers or shelters to check if they can accommodate the cat. When you call these rescue centres, include these:

  • Photos
  • Description of how the cat looks
  • The temperament/personality of the cat
  • Approximate age
  • Observations you have regarding its health and behaviour
  • Your contact details and the area where your location is

 

Interview Potential Adopters

Some of the questions you need to ask about the potential adopter of the cat is if they have other pets and what are they, if they are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and welcoming. Ask the potential adopter if he or she would commit to having the cat vaccinated, spayed/neutered. You can also ask if they have experience taking care of a kitten or cat.

You must with the potential adopter and bring the cat to check if they will hit it off before you choose the person.

 

If  You Lost Your Cat

Look Inside Your Home

If you are unsure of where your cat might be, you must carefully search in your home. Cats like to go under the furniture, in your wardrobe, basement, or other places where they could hide. You will be surprised by where cats could go, especially if something in your home scared them. They could go into drawers, cupboards, behind the washing machine or furniture, on the shelves, or under your linen.

Search Close to Home

Since they are cats, you should not be shocked to find out that some lost cats just show up at their owner’s door. Most of the time, cats can be found hiding in nearby places like in the yard, under decks, inside sheds, or in the bushes. Curious cats normally go to their neighbour’s house.

Physically searching for the cat is normally successful. This includes looking for your cat in the yard, and the areas around you. Make sure to call your cat’s name while looking, you must also ask your neighbours if they saw your cat and to keep an eye out.

Put up Posters and Give out Flyers

Make flyers and include a photo of your cat. In order to motivate people to help look for your cat, offer to give reward to anyone who finds it. Post the flyers in vet offices, grocery stores, pet shops, and anywhere you are allowed to. Make sure to post them at an eye-level, and do not put them in mailboxes. This might not be allowed, and you could bet into trouble. Walk around your neighbourhood to post these flyers on telephone poles. You must also ask the kids to help you find your lost cat, and talk to the mailman, paperboy, and anyone who walks around your neighbourhood.

Search on Foot

Searching on foot has the most success when you need to look for your cat. Since the majority of cats are found near their home, you need to start looking carefully in the area nearby. It is best to look for your cat when it is quiet. You can also search after dark, but bring a flashlight. You could see the reflection of their eyes.

Place an Ad

Contact your local paper, and place an ad for a lost cat. You can call local radio stations, and a lot of them have a spot for airing missing pets. Call your cat’s vet to let them know about your missing cat.

Put up flyers in all the nearby rescue shelters. In case you just moved and took your cat with you, you can also look for your cat in your old address. There are instances when missing cats are found where they used to live.

What to do in Case of a Lost Cat in Singapore

 

Is it Feral or Not?

  • Lost or stray cats might approach your home, people, or even cars. They will keep a safe distance. A feral cat will usually hide or run away.
  • Stray cats stay away from other cats, but feral cats are normally in groups.
  • Stray cats might make eye contact, and feral cats will avoid making eye contact.
  • Stray cats will most likely “talk” to you, while feral cats prefer to not say anything.
  • Strays are mostly active in the day, but feral cats are not so visible in the daytime and they are mostly active during the night.
  • The strays are used to being cared for and they will look “homeless”. Their fur might be dirty. Feral cats have clean fur and they look healthy because they are used to caring for themselves.

If you think that it is a feral cat, you must not go near it, and they normally do not need to be rescued. You can contact animal control if you think there are feral cats in your area because they have the knowledge end equipment to handle them.

There are cats that never return home, but if you do everything and have completely covered all the bases, there is less probability that your cat will never be found. You must remain focused and logical at this time because your cat can sense the stress from you, and they might not come out until you are calm. The majority of lost cats are found hiding somewhere close to their home unless something scares them away. You must remain calm and do what is necessary without scaring the cat away.

You can contact Lost and Found Rewards in case you of a lost cat in Singapore. They will surely help you be reunited with your pet cat anytime you call them.



Posted on April 14, 2020 by Lost Found Rewards in Blog