Losing a pet is heartbreaking, whether it's a cat, or dog - usually they are the pets that people lose.
This time of year, New Year, and Bonfire Night, can see pets going missing, with lots of fireworks going on all over the place.
Fireworks can frieghten cats and dogs, and they will run away when hearing them.
Animals can also roam pretty far from home, cats especially have been known to roam for up to 50 miles from there home.
Both cats, and dogs can lose their way, they stray to far from home, and get lost.
Before we look at what you can do to find a lost pet, we shall look at somethings to prevent your pet getting lost.
1. Get your pet micro-chipped
This is a very good way to track down lost pets. If your cat or dog goes missing, and you got them micro-chipped, then you can go to the vet to trace the cat.
2. Keep your pet indoors...
Do this during two times.
Keep your pets indoors when you know there is going to be fireworks let off, New year, and Guy Fawkes night.
Also, keep your pet indoors at night. When your not up at night, your cat can get in. Plus, at night cats are more at risk from being knocked down by a car - when it's dark it's harder to see a cat. They also are at risk from people at night, particuarly at the weekend.
3. Try not let your dog wander too far away
Dogs can also be vunerable from being hit by a car. When they wander too far away from you, they can panick, and run onto roads.
Take your dog somewhere, a park, forest, to walk, which is away from roads, that way you want worry as much.
1. Look around
Look around your local animal shelter. Also try shelters which are further away, for two reasons, one, cats especially can travel very far, and two, if your cat or dog does find itself in a shelter, then they can be moved to another shelter - the cats protection does this. So, best to look around.
Look first, around your garden, neighbours gardens, nearby. A scared or frieghtened pet will hide somewhere, like under a shed, so, they are proberly closer than you think.
Check your local roads. There is no laws yet, to report a cat that has been knocked down, so, cats will sadly be left at the side of the road, unreported.
If your cat has been knocked down, it is likely stil there. But, check quickly, as they are quickly removed.
3. Post about
Post about your missing pet. Share with local vet, on lampposts, and even ask your local cat protction to post your missing pet on their webstie - they do that.