In the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 2012 survey, 74 percent of owners reported finding their lost cats. In those cases, 59 percent of the cats found their way home by themselves, while most of the others were found by neighborhood searches.
One cat, Holly, found her way back to her own neighborhood after a trek that lasted 60 days and covered 190 miles. Nonetheless, it is not wise to count on a lost cat being able to find its way home. To increase the chances of finding a lost cat, an owner is encouraged to search his property, talk to neighbors, post flyers within a 1-mile radius of where the cat was lost, call local veterinarians to see if the pet has been brought in for treatment, and visit local animal shelters.