Lost and found advice


At Cats Protection, we understand how traumatic it can be when a much-loved pet suddenly goes missing. Follow the advice in this section to help your chances of finding your cat safe and well, sooner rather than later.

"It's hard to spot me isn't it?"

Cats are well known for their curiosity and ability to find unlikely sleeping places. They can also fit into extremely small and unusual areas. Here's a few places for you to check:

~ all rooms
~ cupboards + under beds + wardrobes etc
~ boxes
~ household appliances, ie: washing machines
~ sheds, garages, outhouses, allotments etc
~ gardens + hedgerows, bushes + shrubs
~ vehicles, inside and underneath
~ recycling bins etc

Look in the lost and found sections of your local newspapers.

The best times to go out and look for your cat is at dusk and dawn. There are fewer people about and less traffic, so you may be able to hear any faint miaow or noise your cat may make when you call them. Keep walking around your local area so that your cat can pick up on your scent.


There are several ways you can let people know that your feline friend is missing. Don't underestimate the power of 'word-of-mouth' - try asking:

~ neighbours and friends
~ local schools (children can be very observant when it comes to animals)
~ local vets
~ catteries
~ delivery people (post, newspaper, milk deliveries etc)
~ general public

Make up posters of your missing cat with a picture and as much detail as possible. Information should include things such as:

~ male/female
~ neutered/un-neutered
~ age
~ wearing collar, what colour, is there a tag?
~ is your cat micro-chipped?
~ exact description of colouring (especially tabbies)
~ unusual markings
~ character, is your cat friendly, nervous?
~ indoor or outdoor cat?
~ when did your cat go missing (if possible, time last seen, area in which it was sighted)
~ your contact details

You may want to offer a reward. Some insurance companies may cover this provision in their policy or you may just do it yourself.

Make up your posters and distribute around your local area, on trees, lamposts, shops, neighbours, post offices, garages, bus shelters, on your car windows or anyone who is willing to advertise your poster.


Try contacting:

~ local radio stations
~ local newspapers, free newspapers etc
~ your local Cats Protection branch (in this case, Burnley & Pendle: 01282 693400) - we will keep your details on our
files and advertise on our website for you. Email us your details to: burnleycatsprotection@yahoo.co.uk
~ Missing Pets Bureau: 08701 600999
~ Animal Search UK: 01432 266900

~ rspca
~ local Council Cleansing Department


Please remember to let everyone concerned know that your cat has been found. We would be grateful if you could let us know when you have been reunited with your cat so that we can update our info and maybe even publish a success story!

Cats Protection recommend the micro-chipping of all cats so that they can be identified and owners can be traced quickly.

It is also recommended to have your cat neutered. Un-neutered toms are more likely to roam and un-neutered queens are known for finding quiet places to give birth, therefore increasing their chances of becoming lost.


If you find a cat, you can help by contacting your local vet. They will be happy to check for a micro-chip, this is a free service, you will not be charged - and it would be the quickest way to reunite cat and owner. You can also email us the cat's details along with a photograph on burnleycatsprotection@yahoo.co.uk or ring and leave a message on 01282 693400 - LINE 3.

Cats Protection are NOT LEGALLY ALLOWED to pick up a cat if it is thought to be a stray unless it is sick or injured.



If you find a stray cat in your garden and it is NOT sick or injured, you can obtain one of our paper collars and attach it round the neck.

These paper collars are for members of the public to put round the cat's neck in order to try and trace the owner. If the cat returns home, the owner can then alert us and let us know that cat is not a stray and we can update our information. Paper collars are very safe to use and an effective way of finding out if the cat has a home. Members of the public can also put their own contact details on so that they can be contacted as well. If it helps to rehome a cat or to alert the owner to re-tag their cat so that people know it has a home.

To obtain one of these collars, please ring the helpline on 01282 693400 and leave a message on LINE 3.