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Check any garden or patio areas close to your house.

Pay particular attention to hedges and under shrubs.

Garden features.

Under parked cars.

Outbuildings, such as tool sheds and garages.

Log piles and wood sheds.


If you don't have a garden, ask neighbours if you can access and check any property adjacent to yours.

Spend at least 15-30 minutes calling your cat by name, circling the location your cat was last seen.

Use any of your usual tricks for getting your cat to come in for supper, such as shaking a packet of their favourite treats or dry food.

As you walk around, stop and listen and pay particular attention to outside garages or sheds where they may have got stuck or been locked in.

Enlist the help of neighbours if possible and ask them to check garages/sheds etc. 

If you return home, call your cat's name gently - make sure that only one or two people do this - or talk with your fellow searchers, so that if you cat is close, it will hear you.

It is possible once your pet has heard your voice, it may follow you home.

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