Cat Flasher EMERGENCY

Advice and Resources for Finding your Lost Cat






This information is specifically for those who are searching for a missing cat, lost cat, or displaced cat who is wearing a Cat Flasher Robot Locator. Before using this information, all searchers who have any kind of missing cat case should view the Missing Cat Locator video at the cat naturalist's web site. That video will give you the absolute latest information on how to handle any missing cat case. Go to that site, now. And, if your cat is wearing a Cat Flasher Robot Locator, then come back to this site when you are done watching that video[s]. There is important information at the cat naturalist's web site that goes beyond the scope of this site and you should get familiar with that in addition to what is on this site. Good luck.



START HERE
TELL THE WORLD
Go to craigslist.org for your area and place an advertisement (this is probably free in your area) in the "lost and found" category in the "community" section. To do this, click on your area (all of the craigslist.org areas are usually listed in the right columns). Then, click "post to classifieds" (usually the left column). Then, click "community." Then, click "lost & found." For title, "LOST CAT, PLEASE HELP." For specific location, put your city. In the body, put a description of your cat, and be sure to say, "MY CAT IS WEARING A CAT FLASHER unless his [her] collar has fallen off." Put down your nearest cross-streets where your cat lives. Should you choose to offer a reward, you can include that here. (We recommend listing the actual amount of the award, e.g. "REWARD $100.") Put down your phone number and, if you have a jpg (or, other image file) of your cat, attach that with the "browse" and "add" function on the craigslist.org form that you’re using to make the advertisement. One other thing, go to this page: catflasher.com/image.html and right-click on the image and save it on your computer somewhere that you can find it. Upload that image of the Cat Flasher to your craigslist.org advertisement, also. After you complete the craigslist.org procedure, you will then get an e-mail from craigslist.org containing a link that you must open in order to activate your advertisement. You will be able to edit your advertisement as new Info. is discovered by using that same link contained in that e-mail.
CHECK LOCAL SHELTERS
Determine what animal shelters are in your area. Often, these animal shelters have web sites making it very easy to see what cats have arrived in their lost and found. Sometimes, they even include photographs. And, be sure and take a trip to see all of the cats in person as often as you can (hopefully, you can do that, at least, every other day). Bring a photograph of your missing cat to show everyone who works there what your cat looks like. Leave that photograph behind on a bulletin board, if the shelter has one. Shelters often have a deceased list too and you will want to check that, also.
MONITOR WEATHER STATION AND USE A THERMOMETER
Go to this web site: wunderground.com and you will see a box at the top of the web page where you can input your zip code [go ahead and do that]. Click "GO" and if you don’t then see the 5-day forecast, look for the drop-down menu somewhere on that page that allows you to more precisely choose the location of your cat’s residence. If your cat was lost during the previous night, see if the temperature for your area was at or below 60 F. If it was, then you should presume that the Cat Flasher has activated and you should update your craigslist.org advertisement letting everyone know that they are "PROBABLY" looking for a flashing S-O-S signal. If your cat has not yet been lost long enough to have been out in the night, you can at least use the forecast for tonight to predict if the Cat Flasher WILL activate. One more thing: Put a thermometer outside so that you can check the ambient temperature. Since your thermometer is closer than the weather station, it is presumably a better indicator of when the Cat Flasher has activated.
YOUR CAT RIGHT NOW
Generally, cats in this situation go into what's known as combat mode when they get out. They will hide nearby say within a block or two. (Maybe they'll find a place that doesn't have human or animal smells such as inside, near, or under empty houses.) Unfortunately, they probably won't respond even if they hear their owner's voices calling for them. So, your cat is hunkered down, nearby.

LOOK, LISTEN, & TRAP
LOOK
If the weather report indicates that the Cat Flasher has activated (or, will activate) then you should be looking for the flashing amber light of the Cat Flasher. You do not have to see this light directly, as it will bounce off of walls as well as leak through plants and crevices. Any blinking light that you see should be investigated. If that blinking light is an S-O-S, it is almost certainly your cat. If the weather report indicates that the Cat Flasher has not activated, then you should go out at night and look for your cat, anyway.
LISTEN
There are many cases where cats in your situation howl or cry out late at night when everything is very quiet. If you do happen to hear your cat cry out, DO NOT RESPOND BACK. Instead, go outside very quietly and try to get a fix on your cat’s location. Get as close as you can and if you get really close so that you do know where you cat is, then try to coax him or her out. If you can actually see your cat, then you should make every effort to get him or her right then and there.
TRAP
There is a very high probability that your cat is not actually lost, hence the term displaced. Your cat may know where he or she is and may come back late at night. Should this happen, it is very good to have a humane trap ready to catch your cat (we recommend baiting the humane trap with a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken Original Style). CAUTION: If you do happen to catch some kind of wild animal, you should strongly consider calling a professional to release it from the trap as all wild animals should be considered dangerous.

GET THE WORD OUT
TAGGING
Paint a lost cat sign on your car’s windshield and park it in a conspicuous place.
FLIERS
You may wish to pass out fliers to all of the residences within a three-block radius around your cat’s residence. The fliers should include a photo, your cat’s name and your contact Info.
SIGNS
Consider putting up large signs made of florescent cardboard at street intersections near you cat’s residence. A blown-up picture of your cat would be good. Make sure contact Info. is included.

EIGHT DAYS MISSING

If you don't find your cat in the mean time, after about eight days hunger will force your cat to come out and that's when you'll have a great chance of finding your cat. So, put up signs, again, at that time and be looking really late at night for your cat. The Cat Flasher will still be flashing if the weather has activated it (hopefully, you have kept the battery good by changing it when the low battery LED alerted you). After the eight days, your best time to find your cat is in the wee hours such as around 3am. Your cat will either be moving or your cat will sit somewhere so that your cat has a good view such as under a car or at the foot of a driveway. Bring a flashlight so that you can look for cat eye reflections.

CONTACT US

Good luck to you. Feel free to contact us. We will be happy to look at a satellite map of your location and/or otherwise advise you in your search. Keep in mind that wherever you cat is, when the Cat Flasher activates, your cat will be telling everyone in sight that (s)he needs help. Warm-hearted people are everywhere and they will help! For information on how a cat specialist detective goes about finding a lost cat, go to the Missing Cat Pet Detective site. Find out why searching for a lost cat is so drastically different than searching for a lost dog. Night searches are usually required.
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**SPOILERS** **SPOILERS**

The video below is the most advanced video ever created documenting the track down of a missing indoor cat. It is my reply to Veje's award winning movie, "If Only Cats Could Talk" with showings in NYC and Ohio and the very latest in Hong Kong!

"If Only Cats Could Talk" captures Daphne and yours truly, as well as all the drama, as we get a runaway cat back home. My video reply to this amazing movie, below, does contain **spoilers** but you'll still want to see filmmaker Signe Veje's touching and emotional movie which followed this case from the very beginning to its nail-biting end.

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