Most people think of their cats as family members and it can be heart-breaking when a cat goes missing. Although there are only a few studies of the best ways how to not lost a cat.There are some steps for all cat owners to take that will help in case your cat does get lost. First of all, ensure your cat has some kind of identiﬁcation such as a microchip, tattoo, or collar with tag.A collar is a visible way of showing that a cat belongs to someone, but will not enable people to contact you unless it has an identiﬁcation tag. Some people don’t like to use collars because they think their cat won’t like it, or it’s not safe. Be sure to get a breakaway collar that will release if it gets stuck to something so your cat does not become trapped. It is easier to teach cats to wear a collar if you start when they are kittens, but adult cats can be taught to accept them.In some places, tattoos in the right ear are used as an identiﬁcation strategy. They identify the vet clinic that did the tattoo, the year in which it was done, and the animal. Once the clinic is contacted, it is then possible to contact the owner of a cat. Tattoos can become hard to read or illegible over time. Microchips are another form of permanent identiﬁcation.As well as having permanent identiﬁcation, it is important to teach your cat to come when called. First, decide what their recall cue will be; it could be their name, but since you are likely to use their name at other times too, it may be better to pick another cue such as “Here, kitty” or “Come”.If you move house and plan to give your cat outdoors access, or if you bring a new cat home to live with you, keep them inside for the ﬁrst 2-3 weeks until you are sure they are used to the idea that their new home is home.