What to do if You Have Lost Your Cat

Visit our lost and found website

Visit our lost and found website at http://www.cathavenlostandfound.com to see if there's a possible match of your cat coming into Cat Haven.

Download our Smart Tips for Finding Your Lost Cat info sheet here.

Contact your local council

First thing to do is to contact your local council. Under the Cat Act 2011 which came into effect November 1st 2013, stray and missing cats may now be the council’s responsibility if your council has it's own pound/cat management facility. It is also legislated that all cats 6 months old and over must be sterilised, microchipped and registered with the local council. Cat Haven is acting as a cat management facility for a number of local councils, meaning your cat may be brought by a ranger to Cat Haven. Other councils have their own management facilities and it is essential you advise them your cat is missing.

Cat Haven Hold Periods for Lost Cats

If your cat is brought in to Cat Haven by a council ranger, we will hold your cat here as follows to give you time to reclaim your cat:

Unidentified Cat (not microchipped) - 3 working days

Identified Cat (microchipped) - 7 working days

After the hold period, if a cat is not reclaimed, we will do everything possible to rehome lost and stray cats to a new loving home. We do not put a healthy, rehomable cat to sleep unless the vet has deemed it necessary.

Check if your cat is hiding

Check in sheds, car-ports, up trees and under shrubs; ask all your neighbours (to the side, at the back and across the street) to do the same or better yet see if they will let you in their yard to do it yourself. Put a note of this on any fliers also. Cats very commonly manage to get themselves into hiding places and then cannot get out again; someone may have a shed open during the day, your cat slips inside unbeknown to them and then gets trapped when they lock the shed at the end of the day. We have heard stories of cats being locked in sheds for days or weeks before being found!

Check your neighbourhood

Design a flier or leaflet and print as many as possible (preferably over 100) to distribute around your neighbourhood. It is very important that as many people as possible are aware that your cat is missing and can be on the look-out. Your flier should boldly try to catch people’s attention; include a recent and clear photograph of your cat if possible, the date and location the cat was last sighted and contact details of the owner.

Check local vets

Ring any vet clinics in your area and your surrounding suburbs; if someone has found your cat with an injury or in distress they may have taken it to their own vet and not necessarily the one closest, so it is advisable to call at least 4 or 5 vets, depending on the area you are in. You should also call one or all of the after hours vets in Perth. These are Balcatta Vet (9345 4644); Perth Vet Emergency in Yokine (1300 040 400) and Murdoch Pet Emergency Centre (1300 652 494).


Place Lost advertisements in your local paper and the Saturday West Australian and Sunday Times. It is also a great idea to advertise your cat on Perth Pets Lost and Found on Facebook, allcreatureslostandfound.com.au and gumtree.com.au.