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We know from both our own experience and many years now of helping other people with lost pets, that one of the questions that will be heavy on your mind is "what could have happened?". In the absence of not knowing, sometimes awful possibilities can start to enter your head (including having nightmares at night...). But your pet could be missing for a number of reasons, it's important not to get "stuck" on one theory when there are so many possibilities which all need investigating. So it's very important you do everything on our day by day strategy plan as that will cover off all these possible scenarios below.

Went walkies. Followed someone or got chased and can't find their way home.
Actions: Door knocking, fliers, petsonthenet ad, posters. Calling your pet, especially when it is quieter ie dusk

Been shut in a garage, outhouse, car, wood shed, under the house etc.
Actions: Door knocking - ask people to check their sheds etc. Keep a notebook of all you speak to and their addresses so you know who you have talked with and who you still need to talk with. It quickly becomes a blur. Note houses where people seem to be away, these are prime contenders for your cat being locked in by accident. Every person you talk with leave them a copy of your flier with a photo of your pet and your phone number on it.

Sometimes resident pets, humans or children make life so unbearable for a pet (especially cats) that they go away and refuse to come home again
Door knocking, fliers, petsonthenet ad, posters

Highly unlikely. See advice from the NZ Police about stolen pets.
Actions: If absolutely known to be stolen, report to Police.

Transported to another location by accident (or on purpose by disgruntled neighbour or ex etc?
If your pet loves car travel, this is an option, especially with Burmese, they often travel large distances by car (or boat, caravan or truck..)
Actions: This is where checking daily and having an ad with us is invaluable.

Gone back to your old house?
Have you moved in the last three months or so? Some cats will try to return "home" and some have gone very long distances to get there. Moving house is one of the most common times for a cat to go missig...
Actions: Keep checking petsonthenet found pets daily. Advise new people at house and the surrounding neighbours of the old house - leave them a flyer. if your cat is possibly sighted around the old house, consider renting a humane trap from your local SPCA or Hirepool etc to safely catch your cat.
Removed by Animal Control or SPCA?
A note should be left prominently if your pet was removed for some reason from your property
Actions: Check for notes in box, on door, contact Animal Control

Sick or Injured?
Actions: Check in nearby quiet dark hiding places, under the house (or neighbours houses), under bushes. Call all vets, including after hours vets. Check petsonthenet daily for SPCA found pets.

Sadly being run over by a car is a common reason pets become missing. They can also be accidentally poisoned ie by antifreeze, trampled by stock, or cats and dogs can become wedged or hung in trees or fences.

Actions: Check under your house. Check around your property. Check nearby roads, verges and bushes in case hit by a car. Call your local council and find out who removes deceased pets on council property. They should keep a register of description and place deceased pets were removed from. Call every few days to check. Look up at trees in the area.
Died of natural causes?
Was your pet very old, or sick? Sometimes they will go away somewhere quiet to die if they are unwell or very old.
Actions: Search the type of places they choose when unwell such as under your house, or the neighbours house, under a bush, behind wood piles. Anywhere quiet and preferable dark-ish


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