Unconventional Methods to Find a Lost Pet

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Howdy! Coming from The OMG’s infographic post I see. I hope you gained new information from the infographic titled, let me see if I can remember it without looking up the title name, “Conventional Ways to Find Missing Pets”. Hold on, I’m being told that that’s not the name, but for the sake of time and more importantly, my convenience, I’m going to move forward with that name.

Now, in that infographic, we covered the conventional methods and recommended methods suggested by professionals, for finding a missing pet. Those methods are the ones to be used if you ever find yourself in that situation. If you’re asking yourself, “What methods?”, it means you’re not coming from The OMG’s infographic post. Not to worry, click here to go to the post.

With that being said, there are some unconventional methods and supernatural methods that some pet owners have claimed to work.


Animal Communication 🔊

For our first method, we travel to the land of the rising sun, that is Japan. Here, we meet a twitter user, who claims a stray cat understood them when they asked it to help find their cat that ran away and tell their cat to come home. The tweet from @charlie0816 read:

“My cat escaped two days ago and didn’t return, but somebody on Twitter said, ‘Talking to cats in the neighbourhood and saying to them, ‘If you see my cat, please tell it to come home’ is an effective technique.’ So last night, I went to the local convenience store and gave it a try by speaking to the stray cats there, and then this morning our cat returned to the front of our house. Um…is it seriously this effective?”

But that’s not all. The bigger surprise came from other users who responded to the tweet, claiming that they had tried the exact same method and it worked! Here are a few of those response:

“My mother did the same thing for a child who lost their cat after just two days of having it. She told the strays the story and the cat returned the next day!”

“I went looking for my cat with a tin of cat food and when a stray crossed my path, I fed and spoke to it and my cat returned within the hour.”

“When I lost my cat, one of the strays passed our house so I asked it if it knew where my cat was. It meowed and then walked slowly towards the storehouse and meowed in front of it. Then I heard my cat meowing back from inside!”

“Our cat disappeared on the day we moved into our new place and was missing for a week. I asked a stray for its help and the next day the stray came back with my cat. I was dumbfounded!”

“Our dog disappeared so I asked a pet cat to help find it, and then a few minutes later it came back with our dog. I was freaked out and impressed at the same time!”

Okay, now I know what some of you sceptics might be thinking, this could all just be a coincidence. Their cats would have returned anyway. But how can you really be sure?


Psychic 🔎

Moving on, we take flight (remember those!) from Japan to the land of opportunities, that is The USA. Here, we meet Nancy Mello and before you ask, yes, she is a psychic who talks to animals. She successfully found 6 lost dogs and 1 cat just from a photo and the pet’s last known location. Nancy didn’t start out as a psychic for animals. She was a psychic for humans. It was until someone called her up and asked for her help to locate their missing dog. She said and I quote, “I had lost my own dog before, and I knew how heart wrenching it could be. So, I decided to try to help.”

Using her abilities, she sensed that Oliver the black Maltese Yorkie Mix, had his leg stuck on something and the presence of a dirt road nearby. The following morning, she got out a map and found a shed with a dirt road leading up to it. She immediately circled it on the map and sent it to the family. The family rushed to the location and to their surprise and relieved, there he was, sitting next to a shed with his leg laying in an odd position. He was immediately rushed to a vet who diagnosed him with a dislocated leg and ketosis from his diabetes. The vet said, if they hadn’t brought him in when they did, Oliver would have only had another hour before he died from his injuries.

Since then, she has gone on to help hundreds of human and animal clients. More about her here.


Scissors Method ✂

Speaking about Malaysia, let’s get a plane ticket home because there is another unconventional method that was used to find a missing pet. We are going to make a stop in Kuantan, where a blogger who goes by the name of Loeloe’s, lost their cat. They reached out to the users of the web and got back an answer that said, “Try the Scissors method”. After some research, Loeloe’s found that it was an ancient Chinese method.

The scissors should face the entrance that your cat uses often. According to the method, it doesn’t matter if there are wall and obstacles in between, as long as the scissors are pointing in the direction of the entrance.

If you’re wondering “Did it actual work?”, the answer to that sceptical question is, YES! Loeloe’s said and I quote “An orange little cat came out from the drain right in front of my house, meowing as loud as he could, running towards my direction.”

I will let Loeloe’s tell you the full story and explain the theory behind the Scissors Method. Click here to read their blog.


Well, that is 3 unusual and unconventional methods that I could find in the world wide web. Now, the success rate of these methods is not a 100%. There are also no scientific proofs to validate these methods. However, if none of the conventional methods helped, then there’s no harm in trying out an unconventional method.

If you have an experience with an unconventional method that helped find a missing pet, you can write in your story to duke@theomg.com.my and we will publish your story in our new segment. More details here.

Sources: S1 S2 S3

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