IF YOUR PET GOES MISSING, HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Contact the local veterinary surgeries in case your pet has been in a road accident.
Ask your neighbours if you can search their garages and sheds as your pet is more likely to come out to you rather than a stranger. Remember to look in water butts and fish ponds.
Print notices with photo and details of the animal and put them up round the nearby roads.
Ask your postman and milkman to keep a lookout - they may know of empty houses were the animal may be locked in.
Contact the local radio station and ask if they will give out details for you.
Contact local paper and ask for information to be included in the 'village events' page.
Contact all the local animal sanctuaries in case they have taken in your pet.
Visit web site of www.catchat.org for more useful information.
Contact Animal Search.co.uk
There are many lost and found sites on the internet
99% of cats go missing at night so please keep your pets in at night with a litter tray - this is the time when they are most likely to be stolen or run over.
Cats do not know the dangers but we do, and owe it to them to keep them as safe as possible.
If you want to put a collar on your cat, please make sure it has an identity disc attached and make sure the collar is a safety type which will come apart if it becomes caught up in a tree, shrub etc.
Have your cat microchipped as it is one of the easiest ways for vets and sanctuaries to reunite pets with their owners.
HOW TO SPOT A HOMELESS STRAY CAT AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT:
If you see a cat scavenging in dustbins and rubbish bags, eating food put out for the birds, or hovering in your garden day and night, please do the following:
Feed it - you will soon know if it is a stray by the way it 'hits' the food!
Get in touch with the local cat sanctuaries and local Petsearch contacts for advice. Phone 01303 237744 or 01304 363071 or log on to www.catsearch-info.co.uk
report it to the local vets.
Please befriend it and not shoo it away.