This lady, who lost her cat, chose an interesting and original route to find him. There were no posters on telegraph poles or leaflets through doors. She used Tinder which is a dating app based on your location. A neat idea. She joined Tinder on a premium account. She uploaded a photo of Peanut, her lost cat, and set her search settings to a 10 kilometer radius.
Remarkably she received 400 matches and low and behold within 30 minutes she received a call from a guy, Charlie, who said he had found Peanut in his garden. Brilliant.
Phase 2: Peanut disappeared from Charlie’s garden. That’s unsurprising but at least Katie Alsop knew where he had been and therefore knew his rough location. As usual for lost cats he wasn’t that far away.
The next phase was to lure Peanut home. She tried the idea of leaving items with a familiar scent near her home. Cats can pick up these odours and being familiar they migrate to them. She tried some old cat litter used by Peanut without success.
She then tried stuff from her laundry basket – clothes that smelt strongly of her – and some tuna. This worked.
Peanut was meowing in the street the next morning. I love the success of this lost cat story and the very intelligent way Katie went about find her lost cat.
Like me she has said that her cat is never going out again. She has felt that anguish at losing her cat. It is a particular kind of emotional anguish which does not go away and the problem is you need closure. You need to know if he or she is dead or alive and can be found.