Owners warned to keep an eye on cats this summer
Over one in five (21%) cat owners admit to waiting two to three days before starting to look for their missing cat as most believe they will simply return home, according to new research from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Although many cat owners expect their cats to return home on their own, only 17% of missing cats actually do so.
Sadly, 21% of missing cats are never found. Many cats have no way of being reunited with their owners even if they are found as 41% of cat owners admit their cats have neither an identity tag nor a micro chip, which would enable their owners to be traced.
Most cats that are found don’t go far: 61% of missing cats are found within a mile of their own home.
They often turn up in the oddest of places: one cat owner was surprised when her cat was found other side of town in a cathedral organ pipe, another missing cat had been lost in large field of maize and one had been mistakenly locked in a shed with a litter of puppies.
Lucy Reade from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said:
“The Home always experiences a huge influx of cats over the summer months as cats tend to go missing when people aren’t around to keep an eye on them.
Sadly, only one per cent of cats that are brought in to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home can be reunited with their owners as most have no means of being identified. It’s essential for cat owners to make sure their pets are tagged and micro chipped and that they look for them early. This makes it much more likely for them to be reunited.”
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cares for over 11,000 dogs and cats every year, with 45% of stray animals being reunited with their owners via Battersea’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line.
If you have lost or found a dog or cat, please call Battersea’s Lost Dogs & Cats Line 0901 477 8477, calls cost 60p per minute.
The Line is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm and operates within the M25 area. For further information on the Lost Dogs & Cats Line, log on to www.dogshome.org