Pet Detective Search Equipment
key supplies & gear for finding a missing cat
In my experience as a pet detective, finding a missing cat often means special tools. Below are the brands and models I've found to be most useful and dependable over the years.
The items I use most are my super-bright Wasing 1K lumen spotlight, silent wireless motion alerts, orange foam sheets to turn missing cat flyers into "lost cat posters," motion-activated night vision trail cameras, Tru-Catch humane cat traps, and the Bionic Ear amplified listening device (good for checking locked garages and sheds) a night vision monocular and an infrared thermal detection unit.
You can rent these from me, or order your own directly via the Amazon links to the right.
Pet Detective tools of the trade, 2012 to 2019
Lost Cat Recovery tools for rent
NightVision Wildlife Trail Cameras
Motion-triggered night vision cameras take photos 24/7 for invaluable info find your cat when they come out at night to eat. Favorite under $50 trail cam is this VICTURE available at
Rental: $10 per day, $30 a week.
My HAUSBELL listening device amplifies the tiniest sound so you can hear your cat if trapped in a shed, garage or other enclosed space you can't access. Get one via Amazon by clicking the picture at right, or rent mine for $10/week. Request item.
The humane trap made for cats
Most traps sold in stores are made for raccoons. Cats lean over the trip plate and eat without being captured. This trap is made especially for cats in length and shape. But they are often back ordered so Tomahawk cat traps are good option and used by TNR cat trappers across the US. I have and use both. Click pic to order, or rent mine for $20 a week. Request item.
Long range motion alert
This wireless alarm lets you know if your missing cat is coming to your door at night. Can also be used to montor your trap from 300ft away. The receiver end by your pillow DINGS when your cat's motion sets off it off.
$5 day, $15/week. Request item.
* All batteries & accessories are included with my lost cat equipment rentals.
Recommended tools & gear
DEMO: some of the equipment I use to find missing cats.
You probably won't need all this gear to find your lost cat. Use the book as your guide, or ask me which tools & techniques are best suited in your particular situation.
*FTC Disclosure: LCF is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This means if you decide to purchase an item through the links on this page, Kim receives a few cents as a referral. Only products she's tested and used are recommended.