How to Make a Missing Cat Poster
The key when you are making lost cat posters is to make them weather-proof and very bright so your posters are noticed. On this page we have written out instructions for you to walk you through how to make large, weather durable, and noticeable lost cat posters. Gather your materials and prepare to make at least a dozen posters for your missing cat. Your posters should be posted all over the area, covering a rather large radius. You will need copies of your missing cat flyer (template downloable here), plastic sheet protectors, large bright poster board, thick permanent markers, and packing tape. Four or five inch stencils are optional. Let’s get started!
2. Apply the packing tape around all four sides, to attach it to the center of your poster board. This step is weather-proofing your lost cat flyer, so be sure to tape carefully over the open side of the sheet protector.
3. Here is where the optional stencils come in. Depending on the size of your poster board, you can either hand write big letters or use four or five inch stencils. Across the top, above your missing cat flyer, write the words “REWARD.” Do not specify a reward amount. This could attract creeps.
4. Across the bottom of your lost cat poster, below your flyer, write the words “MISSING CAT” in bold.
5. Now, go out and put the lost cat posters up in major intersections or major points of interest between your home (or the place your cat disappeared) and about a 7 mile radius.
As a final note, it’s important to take your missing cat posters down in a reasonable amount of time. Hopefully your cat will be home soon, and taking the posters down will be a sweet task. However, if your search is an extended one, it will be important to periodically update your lost cat posters with new ones that will signal an active search (even if simply rotating poster colors). Sometimes cities will take down lost cat posters and flyers due to the city’s ordinance – be aware.
The Science Behind An Effective Attention-Grabing Lost Cat Poster
…Or rather, getting a poster noticed in general. Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), a Seattle based non-profit, has taken this poster science and created a sure fire formula for getting your lost cat poster noticed. They call it the “FIVE + FIVE + FIFTY-FIVE RULE,” and explain that at any typical intersection, you have five seconds and five words to get your message across to drivers traveling fifty-five miles per hour.
In addition, they offer these tips for getting your missing cat posters seen:
1. Make your lost cat poster GIANT so that people driving by cannot miss them.
2. Make the missing cat poster FLUORESCENT so that the color attracts the attention of everyone.
3. Put your poster at major intersections near where you lost your pet (and in areas of sightings).
4. Keep your lost cat posters BRIEF and to the point.
5. Let them convey a VISUAL IMAGE of what you have lost.
For more detailed information on these instructions, we recommend reading the article at the following link, which includes step-by-step instructions for making large lost cat posters. Missing Pet Partnership Lost Cat Poster Guide.
We urge you to make both cat flyers and posters as a first response to losing a cat.
FindLostCat has FREE missing cat flyer templates that you can print at home, or a paid flyer and poster printing and mailing service, which includes free shipping.
Questions To Ask Neighbors and Witnesses
You will be ecstatic when someone contacts you to report that they have seen your cat. Make the most of the opportunity by having an organized list of questions to ask witnesses.
We have constructed an example list for you that you are free to use and edit:
1. Please describe the cat you saw. (Let the witness tell you the features to confirm your cat’s identity.)
2. Where did you see the cat?
3. When, what time of day was it?
4. Was the cat wearing a collar?
5. What was the cat doing?
6. What was the cat’s overall demeanor? Did it look happy and healthy, or tired and weak?
7. Was the cat alone, or with other animals or people?
Use the following questions when you go door to door in your neighborhood. When you do this, bring your lost cat flyers to hand out as well.
1. Do you recognize my cat?
2. Has my cat ever been on your property? (if your cat is an outdoor cat)
3. Have you seen my cat since it has been missing?
4. Do you have any information regarding my cat being missing?
5. Where have you seen my cat, both before and since it has been missing?(if your cat is an outdoor cat)
6. Do you know anyone in the neighborhood who hates cats?
7. Have you seen any coyotes or other wild animals in the neighborhood since my cat has been missing?
8. Could we look in your garage/shed/barn together now and see if my cat is trapped inside?
9. Could we look outside around the perimeter of your house together to see if my cat is trapped or hiding on your property?
10. Do you know if anyone in the neighborhood has been on holiday or away from home since my cat has been missing?
It can be tough to come up with questions to ask people about your lost cat. Print this out for key questions to ask neighbors and witnesses, right at your fingertips.