Finding Lost Cats

Dear Lost Cat Owner,

As a cat owner, you already know that cats are unique. So, too, is lost cat behavior, and that behavior makes searching for your lost cat a different challenge. Conventional wisdom says that cats really don’t get lost, in the true sense of the word. Much of the time, cats either cannot, or choose not, to come home, or they may be hiding within a short radius of home. The exception to this is the remote possibility that your cat was picked up and taken to another location or has bolted to another area. If that is the case, and if your cat has a microchip, be sure that all your contact information is current.

For these and other reasons, EMPA is no longer posting lost cats on this website. Instead, we want to give you some of the tools which will help you to find your cat. You are still welcome to post your lost cat on our FB page.

Wishing you success with locating your missing feline companion,

Joyce Lewis

Finding Your Lost Cat

The distances that cats travel has been researched, and you can read that research at the link below. Placing posters for your lost cat within a certain radius of your home can be very beneficial.

Lost Pet Research & Recovery

If you have lost a cat, it is important for you to understand lost cat behavior. Excellent information can be found at these websites:

Missing Pet Partnership

HomeAgain - The Top 5 Ways that Outdoor Cats Become Lost

HomeAgain - How Personality Clues Help Find Lost Cats

What tools and actions can you specifically use to increase the possibility that you will find your lost indoor cat? There are several: Spotlighting, Comfort Station, Humane Trapping, and a Fish Spritzer.

EMPA may post these methods and instructions at this website soon. In the meantime, if you would like to have those sent to you, you can ask for them by sending an email to, with “Searching for a Lost Cat” in the subject line.