TOUR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD BY FOOT WITH A KENNEL AND FOOD IN HAND, making the usual sounds and noises associated with dinner time (by tapping the can or shaking a bowl of dry food, for example).
PROMPTLY BLANKET YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND SURROUNDING AREA WITH "LOST CAT" SIGNS AND FLYERS.
If using an ink-jet printer, keep in mind the ink may run or fade after a few days.
Have copies made at your local copy center or create a sign using a permanent black marker.
Consider placing the flyers in document protectors. Bring a roll of wide tape to post your flyers.
Don't forget to post them in high-traffic areas such as local grocery stores, veterinary offices, and pet supply stores (have a stash of thumbtacks!).
Signs should BOLDLY state: "LOST CAT" with a good description to include coat color and pattern, weight, sex, and whether or not the cat was wearing tags and/or is microchipped.
Include a clear photograph of the wayward feline, along with the date the cat went missing, from what location, and your contact information. A personal plea and an offer of a reward might also help. Use this as an opportunity to speak with your neighbors and tell them to be on the lookout.
CALL LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS, VET CLINICS AND THE MICROCHIP TRACKING COMPANY TO INFORM THEM OF YOUR CAT'S DISAPPEARANCE. Provide them all of the information as stated above. Email, fax, or bring them a copy of your flyer. Follow this link to file a Missing Pet Report with the Hawaiian Humane Society. VISIT ANIMAL SHELTERS OFTEN TO LOOK FOR YOURSELF.
SUBMIT A LOST CAT FORM TO CATFRIENDS. We'll post it on our Lost Cats page and renew the listing every 30 days until your cat is found. Please complete the Lost Cat form and follow up via email attaching the most clear digital image you have (don't forget to include your cat's name and your name). To continue the listing, contact us every month with an update. Be sure to include the cat's name and your name in the update email.
POST TO ONLINE SOURCES (check often and provide updates):
Be patient. Repeat the steps above as necessary.
Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with the chip's company and the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS) at 808-946-2187. Keep the contact information up to date with microchip company and the HHS (a disconnected phone number may mean the end of the search for you).
NOTE: If the chip is implanted by the HHS, it will automatically be entered into their database; however, it is up to you to register the information with the microchip company. Otherwise the only information the company will have is that the chip was sold to the HHS.
Put a safety (break-away, not elasticized) collar on your pet. Be sure the collar sports an identification tag with up-to-date contact information. Tags and collars are important accessories whether you have an indoor or indoor/outdoor cat. With so many stray felines on the island, people may be more willing to approach an unfamiliar tagged cat versus one that wears no outward identification.
Take and print a few GOOD, CLEAR photographs of your cat. Keep them, and their digital files, in a safe and easily accessible place.