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The FIRST 48.... What to do when a cat first goes missing.

The techniques used by North America's Number One Missing Pet Recovery Team when  a cat first goes missing... First Response Protocol.

Call for your cat from your back yard and/or front porch. At this point it is recommended that you go no further than the front yard. Call for at least 15 minutes continuously in each location. Have the person who the cat is most bonded to do the calling... Wait 10 minutes and repeat this process. This gives enough time for the cat to hear, locate, and try to find its way home by locating your voice.

Begin witness development... talk to the neighbors to determine if anyone has seen your cat or heard your cat in the neighborhood - including your children and your neighbor's children.

Order a "Lost My Kitty Animal Alert" to quickly notify your neighbors by phone that your cat is missing.

Make up a quick flier or post card on your computer and pass out to your neighbors personally within a two block area. If no one is home, leave the flier on their doorstep or front door.

If it becomes evening and the cat is still missing, put out sardines, fried chicken livers or another smelly food that your cat loves. Put one container in the backyard and one in the front yard. Do not put the containers on the porch or near any door. Do this activity even if other cats live in the area.

Do an intensive search room by room of the interior of your house.Search each square foot including inside cupboards, the washer and dryer, couch cushions, etc. Proceed to the gargage and do the same including the trunks of all vehicles, the interior of vehicles, under vehicles, and near the engine under the hood.

Expand the search to include the exterior of your house - the roof, drains, storm drains, storage sheds, under and over everything.

Extend the search to your neighbor's yards and garages within three houses of your house on the same side of the street. Then go three houses across the street, and then three behind your house - look in all trees, all roofs, all rain drains.

Extend the search checking all bushes and areas within two blocks of your house, (which would be 4 streets).

During the night, get up several times or sit from inside near a window and watch to see if your cat come to eat the sardines. If possible leave a door open so your cat can re-enter the house.

Many cats return on their own within the first two days but others really do get lost. Should your cat not return within 48 hours, extend your search area and seriously consider talking with a professional.

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