THE South Wirral branch of Cats Protection is operating a lost and Found register in a bid to increase the number of missing cats being reunited with their owners.
A branch spokesperson said: 'If people let us know quickly about a cat that has either gone missing or been found, then the chances of it getting back to its owner safely are increased.
'Anyone in the area who has lost a cat or has found one should contact us on 0151 355 9813.
'Callers will be asked to supply as much useful information about the animal as possible.'
The spokesperson added: 'Other useful steps that owners can take to find their pet include checking with other local cat rescues, informing local veterinary centres and contacting local papers.
'Or they can visit our website, at www.southwirralcats.org, which gives lots of information on what to do if you have lost or found a cat
'We suggest owners consider having their pets micro chipped, a painless and safe method of identifying a lost pet.
'This will give your pet the best chance of being returned to you because Cats Protection branches and the RSPCA as well as all veterinary practices have scanners.'
Each microchip has a unique identity number linked to a database containing details of the pet as well as the owners contact details.
When a scanner detects a microchip a phone call to the registration organisation can ascertain the owner's details and the pet can then be quickly returned home.