It is always important to confirm that your cat is truly lost. Remember not all cats are house cats. I have had one of each. One that would never leave the house and one that would disappear for days on end and return happy and playful each time, without a care in the world. Cats will come and go as they please and are generally self sufficient (besides feeding, watering and grooming) but if indeed your cat does do something out of the ordinary it is important to know what steps you can take to find them should they go missing. Usually a dinner time return for your stay at home cat is on the cards. However, if they still haven’t returned by then or even later it may be a case of beginning the search. Start in the house, make sure. Look in cupboards, boxes, rooms with closed doors and any other nooks and crannies. Once the house is cleared take a look in the garden – sheds, garages and other storage units should all be checked. If you still haven’t discovered them then start with neighbours – ask them to also check in their homes and gardens and ask them to keep an eye out. It may be the case you need to ask the whole road, but it is worth it. Post on social media, it’s a great new way to get the word out to the close community and remember the local groups on Facebook too. If none of this helps you find them continue with the following actions: – Your cat should be microchipped – give Petlog a call or Identibase to register your cat as missing. – Give your local animal shelters a call and also register your cat with them. – Give vets in your area a call as well to check if one has come in. Remember to call for them during the day and night, shake some of their favourite treats (we have some tasty ones here) and ensure they have access into the home. Hopefully one of these steps will help you find your beloved cat, knowing them they will just walk in as if asking what all the fuss was about. I know mine have. For a printable checklist why not download the Cats Protection handy checklist for finding a missing cat here.