PET PI Lost Pet Specialists

Helpful information to help find a lost indoor only cat provided by Florida Pet Investigators at PET PI

  • PLACE FLYERS at all local businesses that will allow.  

  • Advertise your lost cat: provide the best picture or description of your cat, location lost and contact information on all possible social and media venues available. Such as Newspapers, Craigslist, Facebook, Pawboost (Free), Nextdoor Neighbor App, Twitter, etc. If your cat is missing within the Volusia and Flagler County area and you have a Facebook account place posts on the following pages:


  • If your pet has a Microchip, call the manufacturer to ensure your contact information is correct.

  • Call your local Animal Control agency and local animal shelters to file a "LOST" pet report.

  • POSTER-POSTER-POSTER: Place posters up as soon as possible at the closest intersections, entrances and exits of neighborhoods near the area your cat went missing and at all areas of possible sightings.  MAKING POSTERS:Use the best available picture of your cat, crop the picture to show ONLY your cat. Limit the information you place on the Poster, make your cats picture as BIG as possible. Place “REWARD” if offering a reward or “LOST CAT” and your best contact number. Placing posters on the rear and sides of your vehicle can be very effective.

Firstly, if no one witnessed your "Indoor-Only" cat escape, please search more thoroughly within your home. 
Remember to search box-springs of beds and furniture, behind drawers, in pantry’s and cabinets. Anywhere or anything that may have been opened and closed prior to your cats’ disappearance. If a cat is fearful, sick or injured....they might not make a sound.

For an "Indoor-Only" cat that has escaped, especially one that has never been outside before he/she will most likely be very terrified. Depending on your cats personality of being friendly verses shy or skittish will determine how far they may travel. Cats that have a tendency of being shy or hide when people come to visit will usually find an immediate safe hiding place and could possibly remain hidden for up to 7 to 10 days or longer unless scared further away or until they feel safe enough to venture for food. Friendly, gregarious and unaltered cats will usually travel farther distances exploring.

Once you are absolutely positive that your cat did escape begin searching the outside areas of your home or area where your cat escaped from. Search thoroughly every square inch... into and under everything! Cats can hide in surprisingly small openings. Look in & under sheds, under porches/houses, bushes, in trees, woodpiles, critter holes, grill covers, garages and etc. When calling for your cat, use your soft, happy indoor voice. Each time you call his or her name…stop and listen for a very faint sound before proceeding. Use a high-powered 2 million candlepower spot light while searching into and under everything and anything….EVERYWHERE! Keep your eyes open for signs of hair laying on the ground, attached to fences, bushes and around the openings of hiding areas. Please note that even if you have an inseparable bond with your cat, do not expect him or her to come to you or answer when calling their name, some cats might respond, but most will be too frightened to do so in the beginning. 

Perform this search for at least a 700 to 1000 foot radius starting from your home and working outwards in all directions by Going door to door advising neighbors and businesses that your cat is missing, provide your cats flyer and ask permission to search their entire lot both front and back areas. When making a flyer use the best color picture available of your cat, State "REWARD" if offering a reward or "LOST" and include your best contact number. Please note, it is a Federal offense to place items in someone's mail box. 

Provide flyers to all Postal Carriers, Delivery personnel, garbage collectors and contractors working in the area where your cat went missing. 

There is a possibility that your cat may travel back to the area he or she escaped from, this more than likely would occur during the “quiet” hours of early evening into the morning so as not to be seen. Place your cats’ favorite food and an article of clothing containing the scent of the person your cat is most bonded close to the point of escape. Consider using a monitoring device such as a wildlife camera to know if it is your cat coming to eat. If possible, leave a way for your cat to return home, such as an open porch, garage or window, preferably near the area your cat escaped.  

During the “quiet” hours of late night into the early morning, walk around your neighborhood using a spotlight to search under cars, into shrubbery and in front yards for the illumination of eyes. SPEND TIME JUST SITTING AND TALKING near the area where your cat escaped or area where possible sightings have occurred. Talk softly using your soft, indoor happy voice as if your cat was in the house sitting in front of you. Even talking to someone calmly on the phone for long periods in this area has helped to make a cat feel comfortable enough to eventually allow them to come out of hiding.  Make sure to bring some of their favorite treats with you. 

If you do not find your cat, please continue searching. Expand your search radius farther and repeat your search process several times including at least once after 7-10 days.  Some cats might be more inclined to respond after being displaced for a longer period of time.

Consider placing a wildlife camera with night vision capabilities and a feeding station near the area where your cat escaped or in areas of possible sightings. (Some Walmart Supercenters carry infrared wildlife cameras in the Sporting Goods department).  Once you have confirmation that your cat is coming to eat the food, consider performing the sitting process above, use your house as a trap or set a Humane Trap.

To use your house as a trap: You will need to monitor the entrance with a video camera, driveway alarm or even a baby monitor will work. You will also have to rig a way to close the door after your cat enters.   

Humane Trap Method: Ask your local Animal Control agency or Animal Shelter to borrow or rent a trap, you can also purchase a trap at A local pet or hardware store. Make sure the trap will be big enough for your cat to fit in comfortably. Test and re-test the trap several times prior to setting up in the trapping area, make certain there are no defects and that it will work properly when your cat does enter. 

Upon catching your cat...DO NOT OPEN the trap to release your cat until you have the trap in a secure, contained environment!

  • Contact local Veterinarians, Animal Emergency Clinics, Rescue Organizations and pet related businesses to make them aware your pet is missing. Email, fax or deliver a flyer.


  • Call authorities responsible for deceased animal removal from roadways every other day. (This information can be obtained by calling Animal Control or Animal Shelters within your area).

  • Thoroughly CONTINUE TO SEARCH within the neighborhood or area your pet went missing. Knock on all doors and advise neighbors and businesses you are still missing your cat. If not previously given, provide them with a flyer. Ask for permission to search their premises again.

  • PLEASE answer phone calls and investigate all reported sightings. (Some people do not like leaving messages).

  • Keep a JOURNAL recording all sightings. Include the person's name, phone number, date of sighting and sighting location.

  • Consider using Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM).  A service provided by the U.S. Postal Service, designed to send mail directly to specific areas or locations, reaching every home.

  • My PET PI  CONSULTATION SERVICE provides one-on-one guidance and instruction in your search. Each lost pet case is individually profiled, aerial views studied then a strategic plan of action is discussed ensuring that you are searching for your cat as I normally would in the most effective method possible.

  • If your cat is missing in the Volusia and Flagler County area I can provide a thorough Search of the area where your cat went missing, set-up and monitor luring equipment and provide Humane Trapping Services. For more information please see RECOVERY SERVICES.

  • When making posters, flyers or social media postings…keep 1 obvious identifier out of the information. When someone calls claiming to have your pet, ask questions pertaining to that particular identifier so you will know for sure if it is your pet.
  • Never wire money to anyone claiming to have your pet unless you are absolutely positive and have been given absolute proof that they have your pet and this is not a scam.
  • Always have someone accompany you when meeting a stranger to pick up your pet and try to meet in a very public location.

Please remember to take care of yourself, try to rest, think encouraging thoughts and regroup when needed. Jeopardizing your health will not help you or your pet.

  • PHYSICALLY go to and walk throughout all local Animal Shelters. (Animal shelters in Volusia County have a stray hold policy of only 72 hours! After 72 hours the animal becomes the property of the shelter allowing the animal to be adopted, transferred into a Rescue Organization or euthanized.) Inquire concerning your local animal shelters stray hold policy and physically check the shelter accordingly. PLEASE DO NOT rely on just calling the shelter most shelter staff answering phones are not aware of every animal located within the shelter at any given time and database information on incoming animals could be incorrect when running a data search.

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Your cat will most likely want to eat a lot 
Feed only small portions in intervals each hour and have your cat examined by a Veterinarian as soon as possible to make certain your cat is not suffering from dehydration or bacterial and parasitic infections.

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