1) The most common scenario, while (believe it or not), is the cat getting trapped in a tree, on a rooftop, or somewhere else they do not feel safe escaping on their own. This is dangerous, especially in the summer months, because your cat needs water and food. If stranded waiting for help for too long, it can become a life-threatening emergency.
2) Most lost cats stay within a five-house radius of where their owners live. Even outdoor cats tend to stake their territory as a single city block. If you live in the city or the suburbs, and you can’t find your cat, check with the neighbors on your block.
3) If a feline is injured, it is often the natural instinct for them to hide somewhere secluded. One of the most important reasons to be concerned if your cat goes missing is that getting them the prompt medical attention that may save their life. In the event the cat is injured, they are usually on your property, or somewhere on a neighbor’s property, well hidden from people and other animals alike.
4) Unfortunate things can happen to even the most street-smart felines. If you live in a more rural or suburban area, it’s more likely that your cat may meet up with a predator, such as a coyote, and could be killed as a result. Around Halloween, many cats go missing, particularly black cats, because they are kidnapped or killed by humans.
5) Every once in awhile, cats will either intentionally or unintentionally be taken on a ride out of the area. Intentional instances are situations where someone has stolen your cat*. Unintentional instances usually occur when a cat finds a safe place to hide, but it is in a vehicle or a box that’s being transported.