There are several different search categories used in the Pet Detective business. One type of search is a thorough area search. A thorough area search is a slow, meticulous search of an area and is used for animals such as hamsters, lizards, turtles and snakes. Basically it’s used for animals that aren’t likely to travel very far. In law enforcement, a thorough area search is conducted when searching for physical evidence such as a shell casing used in a homicide that landed in tall grass. The search technique for this type of evidence involves a slow, careful, and intense search of a small area. The goal of a thorough area search is to search every square inch of a small area to see if the animal can be located. In many cases, the search for a missing cat will start out as an efficient search (covering a large area), but will involve portions in which a thorough search is conducted. For example, someone might conduct an efficient search moving from yard to yard in a neighborhood until evidence suggests examining a wood pile. At that point, a meticulous, thorough search begins by moving wood, piece by piece, until it’s been determined that the missing cat is trapped, hiding, or deceased inside the pile. Searching involves layers in a way. It’s best to start off large and then move small. The small areas that you choose to thoroughly examine can be chosen based on anything from intuition to tracks or pet hair in the area. A thorough search of a 1 acre lot could take hours! However, if you have a hunch that the animal of interest could be in a certain area then conduct a smaller scale but more comprehensive search.