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In order to begin the groundwork in your search for your lost pet you will need to have an understanding about your pet's temperament and personality. Their temperament will have a huge impact on what happens to them. Later, we will break it down into what is more likely to happen to your pet based on each temperament that is discussed.

1-The curious, friendly, lap cat type.
These cats, like the friendly dog, are not afraid of strangers and will quickly go up and ask for a rub. They want to be near you and will follow you around to makes sure you are doing everything just right.

2-The more reserved, I’ll come to you on my own terms, distant type.
These cats take a more wait and see approach. If all feels safe and comfortable will come out and give you a sniff to see if you meet their standards, if so, they might visit for a while, and then return to their special throne.

3- The guarded, on alert, wary type.
These cats are more likely to retreat to a place they find more stable when a friend comes over for a visit, and reappear after they are gone. These cats are somewhat fearful of new things, and would rather that you never did anything different.

4- The terrified, anxious, nervous type.
These cats will bolt in fear and will hide for long periods of time. They are not tolerant of change. They are not sociable, and do not enjoy spending time with people or other animals.

Learn what happens to lost cats with certain temperaments?

When a cat becomes lost or is missing, the fact of either being an indoor only cat, or being an indoor/outdoor access cat greatly effects what happens or what may have happened to your cat.

1-The curious, friendly, lap cat type.
If this cat type is an indoor only cat who finds themselves on the outside, they may have a tendency to explore their new surroundings with caution. They are obviously more likely to walk up to someone who may decide to keep them or hopefully try and locate their owner.
Anytime a indoor/outdoor access cat “disappears”, or as many of my callers have described, “it is just like they vanished into thin air” usually means something has happened within the cats territory. This could mean your cat may have jumped into a vehicle and is now unintentionally transported into another area, or they might have been pushed from their territory by another more aggressive cat or another animal. This is a big one…getting trapped inside of a neighbors garage or shed.

2-The more reserved, I’ll come to you on my terms, distant type.
They may hide, and after a short amount of time come out and explore.

3- The guarded, on alert, wary type.
These cats along with the terrified, nervous cats are more likely to hide and not come out for sometime. As I learned in a animal behavioral class by Kat Albrecht there is a period of time they will hide and between the tenth and twenty first day they start venturing out more from their hiding place. This is true. Although it does not fit every single lost or missing cat case it is a good piece of information to keep in mind, so that you are really working hard during the time they are more likely to move.

4- The terrified, anxious, nervous type.
Very similar to the above mention.

There are several differences in working a lost cat case rather than a lost dog case.
One, they are a cat of course.
Two, there really are not many scenarios concerning lost cats.
Three, they don’t travel as far as a dog would.
Four, you normally are focusing all your efforts in a much smaller area.

The most common calls that come in for cats are, ” I just moved and my cat bolted out the door”. ” My indoor/outdoor access cat did not come home.” “It is like my cat just vanished”.

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