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Bit of background. I used to live in Asia, in a remote village with a feral cat colony. One day, I went to an area where people burned their rubbish (the village “bin”) and found a 2 week old kitten who was covered in fleas and very sick. I fed her using a syringe, rubbed her chest to clear the fluid from it, and wiped her face to help with her conjunctivitis. After a few weeks, I took her to the city, along with another of my cats. and prepared them for export to the UK. During this time, I found out that she had been suffering with both parvovirus and pneumonia when I got her. She later contracted parvo for a second time, somehow, but survived. She is slightly brain damaged.
I got her to the UK and in July/August she went missing. I searched for her and eventually found her in a boarded up house. After that, I put trackers on all my cats. Well, she’s gone missing for a second time, around midnight on the 5th. Her tracker isn’t picking up a signal, which means she’s either out of range, or the tracker has failed. I’ve searched for her and the pet detectives are coming today (at the cost of over 5 weeks salary, FYI). I can’t find her and am absolutely beside myself with worry. I really need positive vibes right now. I can’t sleep properly.
If I get her back, she is never leaving the house again. She is clearly incapable of caring for herself. I will have to find a way to let the other two cats out and keep her in… I will have to see if I can adapt two existing microchip cat flaps into one somehow, and buy in a 6ft by 4ft cage for her for when we have guests over or we need to open the door for whatever reason.
Make me feel better, bees… I miss her so much. She is my little companion.
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I am very sorry she has gone missing. This is why people keep pets indoors on bonfire night so they don’t get spooked by the fireworks and run off. Have you checked with the local vets? Is she microchipped? You say she has a tracker but i don’t know if you just mean on her collar. I hope she turns up.
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@MsBeer: All the vets, all the shelters have been contacted. She’s on all the local and national registers. She isn’t actually afraid of fireworks… she’s too thick, to be honest. I suppose if one went off next to her she would be upset, but the nearest ground permitted for fireworks is over a mile away, and I didn’t hear any illegal ones going off.
She is chipped, with a collar, engraved tag, bell, and collar tracker.
She should really have been an indoor cat from day one, but my other two cannot be indoor only cats. One of them gets cabin fever if she is kept indoors and starts pulling out her fur… the other howls non-stop until he gets let out. We have a microchip operated cat flap, but it can only scan them one way, and it is currently set to only allow the 3 cats in the house. My fear was that, if I set it to selective exit, we would get foxes coming into the house (the urban foxes here are extremely aggressive, and have been known to attack small children).
Post # 6
Really sorry to hear this. One of my cats ‘disappeared’ for a few hours once (it turned out she was hiding in the garage) and I was tearing through the neighbourhood with missing cat posters and crying my eyes out. You’re a great pet owner to be engaging in the services of pet detectives, I really hope they can help you find her. Prayers and big hugs to you.
Post # 7
@peonyinparis: Thanks. Emotionally, that really helps!
It just doesn’t make any sense. The battery in her tracker is new. Even if she was dead, we should be picking up some sort of signal. The range on the tracker is only short, but I’ve been around all the local roads and I’ve got nothing.
I also hate myself for not finding some way to keep her indoors permanently before. I really thought that the tracking unit would mean that we wouldn’t have this problem again. I also suppose that I didn’t like the idea of caging her, or spending a small fortune having the cat flap redone. They don’t make selective exit and entry flaps, so we would have to make something from two units, and the units are the best part of £100 each. In addition, if the custom unit didn’t fit the current hole, we would have to get a new back door made, because you can’t punch holes in double glazing. They have to be prefabed before the glass is toughened.
That said, it would still have been a lot cheaper than hiring a pet detective. I still haven’t told DH how much I’m paying them. He’d go mental.
EDIT: Just found a brand new product right now… just released, plus it would fit the hole we already have in the back door. If we can get her back, all I have to do is to upgrade the cat flap to this one, buy a cage, and we are golden!
Of course, we would have to find her first…
Post # 8
sorry no tips just to say I’m thinking of you and so sorry about your missing kitty
Post # 9
@MrsPadlock2B: Thank you. The pet detectives arrived today. I’m really hoping.
Post # 10
@Rachel631: I have never heard of a pet detective. That sounds like a movie! May I suggest that it could be cheaper if you took a week of vacation and looked for her full time yourself? She may respond better to someone she knows.
I hope everything works out positively!
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@MrsPanda99: There are only two agencies operating in the UK at the moment. They claim a 65% success rate using flyers and publicity alone, an 80% success rate using door to door enquiries, and an 85% rate using door to door with an extra team member. I chose door to door with an extra person.
It would be cheaper to look myself, but because I’m a student then my supervisor would go mental. She’s going to go mental as it is because I’ve spent much of my time looking for her this week and I haven’t finished my chapter for her. I’m really behind. But yes, if I had a standard job then I would definitely take leave. My plan is to visit every house which the detectives have not within a 500m radius, and to attempt to search every yard, if she is not found today. Unlike the pet detectives, I have no qualms whatsoever about breaking and entering into back gardens and abandoned houses, either. In fact, when I found her in that abandoned house before, I was in the process of breaking down the front door when DH stopped me and said he had found another way in.
I’m not completely irresponsible… once I got the cat out, I did intend to call an emergency locksmith and pay for the lock to be replaced, before finding the owner and giving them the new keys. But as far as breaking in through windows and doors goes… I’m easy.
The detectives have taken a recording of my voice to play to her, and I think it might also be an idea to play a recording on repeat outside the house, and to carry one with me when I go on foot.
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@Rachel631: Poor kitty, and poor you. You clearly care about her very much. I hope you find her safe and sound, and soon.
Post # 13
@Rachel631: Sounds like you are literally doing everything you can! Try to stay positive; you’ll find her! You sound like an amazing pet mom. I’ll keep you and your kitty in my thoughts.
Post # 14
@IAmTheShadow: @PermaStudent: Thanks guys.
The pet detectives did not find her, but they did find two people who saw a cat which had been hit by a car on the Wednesday morning, near our house. Neither could ID her. But we know that the body was moved between 6.10am and about 6.50am, because it was outside a shop which opens at 7am and they didn’t see her. Street cleaning takes place between 6.10 and 6.30. I had already called the council who said they had no knowledge, but I will call them again tomorrow. If it isn’t her, I’m going to call the local estate agents and try to get access to any empty properties in the area. It’s the last set of places she could be.
I’m not going to lie. I have cried. A lot. I feel like she was given to me to care for and I let her down.
Post # 15
@Rachel631: I am having everything crossed in hopes of you finding her. You found her twice…3 times is a charm!
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
🙁 I’m so sorry and I’m sending you lots of good-luck-kitten-finding vibes. Don’t beat yourself up… cats are prowlers and it’s really hard to combat that natural instinct.