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We are still here and as busy as ever, offering advice and support to owners with missing cats and helping to get word out online. Obviously due to COVID 19 and the current Government guidelines our ability to scan found or unknown cats is restricted and our rehoming of cats is limited. Please be mindful that Winter has arrived and while owners may be indoors, outdoor cats are still free to explore outside as normal. A local visitor could be someone’s missing cat, or cat that has already stayed out too long and has a worried owner waiting for them. It is often only hunger that reminds an adventurous cat that it is time to go home. Please continue to send photos and location details of lost looking and unknown cats to us (and other lost & found organisations) so that files can be checked and advice given on an individual basis.
Whilst public movement is restricted, we are more reliant than ever on social media, owners with missing cats really depend on the community to PLEASE keep an eye out for their missing cats and it is VITALLY IMPORTANT to remember to regularly check your own gardens, sheds, garages, bike stores etc for trapped, hiding, injured or inquisitive cats. Cats (and other pets) are family, they can be a huge source of comfort at times of stress; they alleviate loneliness and improve mental health. It is natural for families to want to be together, particularly during these extraordinary days of uncertainty, with owners self-isolating and working from home. We already make good use of Facebook and encourage people to PLEASE continue to share our FB posts to local groups, friends, family and neighbours and to check our website. If you are able to share our missing posts to other social media platforms, such as Instagram, neighbourhood WhatsApp groups, Twitter etc, we would be grateful. Nextdoor, the community website is another excellent way to reach your neighbours without leaving the house. Please email and phone us if you have any queries at this time.
We thank you all for your ongoing support and help in reuniting families, stay safe everyone, the Lost Cats Brighton team.
We have had so many happy stories about cats being reunited with their owners due to them being microchipped.
As we all know some cats just won't wear a collar and if they go missing there is no way of identifying them.
All vets and registered animal charities have scanners and if a cat is brought in as a stray or has been involved in a road accident, they can contact the owners immediately, saving lots of stress and strife.
In the worst case scenario that a cat is found dead, local council road and highways departments have scanners and will also be able to contact owners.
Please keep your contact details up-to-date, especially if you move house or change your telephone number.
In the past few years of managing our 'Lost & Found' pages we have seen a rise in cats that are microchipped being successfully reunited if not within hours, a few days and even more remarkably are the stories of cats who have been missing months and months, some even several years.
When eventually the cat is taken by some kindly person to a vet, they have been scanned and soon after, reunited. Some having travelled half way across England due to jumping into open vans!!
* An added benefit of having your cat microchipped is that they now make catflaps that only allow your cats in, you just program their personal microchip number in and voila no more unwanted kitties spraying or eating your cat's food in your home.
Microchip catflaps are now easily available online and in most pet shops.
The one below has been bought by several of our volunteer/cat owners and they all think it is amazing!
Petporte - Radio Systems Petsafe Europe Ltd - Contact UK 0800 046 1414