YOUR LOST CAT
(also see FINDING THE OWNER OF A LOST CAT)
Shelters: Check the shelters immediately upon missing your cat, and continue every one to three days until he/she has been found. Visit any shelter in your area, especially if you are near the boundary between two shelters. Ask the shelter(s) if they have any other rooms including "watch" and "sick" rooms. Do not call with your cat's descriptions, as you are leaving your cat's fate up to a clerk that may not know a Siamese from a brown tabby.
Post signs: If allowed by your city, post signs with the picture of your cat in a 6 block RADIUS. Cats do tend to travel. They also don't travel like dogs or people. Fences don't phase them which is why you need to check in a radius. Also post signs at veterinarian offices in your area, shelters, and grooming facilities.
Advertise: Newspapers generally charge for lost animal ads, but many people read the ads.
Talk to your neighbors: Many cats are found by networking with your neighbors, especially the children. They may find that another neighbor thought the cat was a 'stray,' or someone may see the cat slinking under a building. Go door-to-door with flyers.
Dead Animal Pickup: Call to make sure your cat has not died and been picked up.