Are they really lost? Or are they somewhere in your home (or garden) playing hide-and-seek?
Before you go into a blind panic (and, honestly, who wouldn’t), first check that your kitten isn’t hiding somewhere inside the house.
This may sound silly, but kittens can hide under beds, in cupboards, under stairs… you get the idea. They may have climbed into an open cupboard which was closed behind them by mistake (or is now stuck inside a drawer). First have a proper sweep of the house to make sure your kitten isn’t just asleep somewhere in a strange place they’ve now decided will be Their Spot.
One way to lure them out is to walk around with some of their favourite treats, calling their name. It is, however, very important that you stay calm and not shout. Your kitten may think that they’ve done something wrong and hide or may just get scared at the sound of your raised voice.
If they are feeling under the weather they may also hide somewhere in the house, so if they haven’t quite seemed themselves, it may be that they have caught a bug and may need to go to the vet.
Alright, so you’ve searched the whole house a few times over, have opened every closet door and drawer and still no kitten. You’ve also scoured the garden and looked underneath every leaf and in every tree. Now it’s time to broaden the search.
Chances are your kitten may have wandered into the garden or into the neighbours’ garden if they don’t have an enclosure to play and sleep in. First ask your neighbours if they haven’t seen your kitten. It could even be that they didn’t know that the kitten that was strolling around their garden belongs to you.
Start phoning your local vet(s) and shelter(s) to tell them that your kitten is missing. Make posters with a clear photo of your kitten to go and put up wherever you can. This includes the vet’s office, shelter, and local community notice boards.
Tweet, post on Facebook or Instagram — anything that can help and everywhere where people from your community could see that your kitten is missing. Yes, this is the one time that people will not mind you asking for Retweets and shares. The more places you can get your kitten’s photo seen, the better. Now is not the time to be shy with kitten photos.
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