Post # 1
We live in the mountains and have four cats. They live outdoors and are really tough.
One has been missing for five days. We live in an area that rarely sees snow and it snowed A TON on the day she went missing. I really don’t know if her absence is weather-related or if something got her. The snow is mostly cleared up by now.
I don’t know when to stop hoping that she’ll come home. I’ve never really lost a pet before and I just can’t accept the fact that she’s gone without proof. 🙁
Sorry, I don’t know if this should have been posted in Emotional because I need some serious hugs.
Post # 3
Is your pet microchipped? If so, let the microchip service know. There are a lot of websites that will broadcast lost and found animals to people who are subscribed (Like Homeagain’s pet finding services.)
Leave notes at vets, pet stores, grocery stores and post offices. Places people go often and often have time to stand around.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I agree with Hyperventilate’s advice, and also just wanted to give you cyber (((((((HUGS))))))).
The unknown is definitely the worst part about this kind of thing 🙁 Sending come-home-kitty vibes your way!
Post # 5
@boogiewoogies: when my cat went missing in the winter we put her litter box outside and she found her way back! I would try that. that is what our vet recommended
Post # 6
Super GIANT HUG coming your way! I am praying for your kitties safe return! I hope its just weather related and she will back in our arms oon!!! 🙁
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions, hugs and support everyone! I had never even considered getting the cats microchipped because we live so far from civilization (besides our neighbors, but we’re all spread out and I know each and every one of them personally) and the cats are so…wild? Their father was a feral cat so they are really skittish and I just doubt that they would ever come into contact with a human outside of our yard, which is about an acre fenced in. I regret not getting her microchipped because there are so many what-ifs.
She doesn’t use a litter box anymore since her and her kittens made their great escape from the house. We actually put their litter box on the back porch and occasionally there will be a clump in there but it’s rare. We feed them outside too and I’ve tried to make sure there is food availabe at all hours, in case she comes home in the middle of the night starving.
I’m really fearing the worst because she’s gone on mini vacations before, but these mountains are her home and she knows the way so it just feels so wrong. She normally comes when I call her name and I’ve searched my entire 25 acres and FI has searched the creek to see if she drowned and we just can’t find her. She won’t come to my call. We also took our dog out to search for her, he’s by no means a search and rescue dog or hunting dog, but he does sniff out the cats regularly, and nope, nothing.
Post # 8
My parents talked to a woman who finds lost cats for a living and this is what she says about this kind of thing:
– most cats are “lost” within 500 feet of their house. They may get stuck under something or find their way into a tree or get frightened and any of these things can prevent them from coming home.
– she suggests contuing to actively search/call for the cat for more than just a few days.
– if you have neighbors, take them a flier and visit them in person to let them know your cat is missing.
– Call any local pet shelters and continue to check in every few days.
I hope your kitty comes home… sending hopeful thoughts your way!
ETA: just read that you live on 25 acres (wow!) so I don’t know how much my suggestions apply… sorry… wishing you luck!
Post # 9
@boogiewoogies: Oh hun im so sorry! …Mine was lost for just over 2 weeks once and we thought the worst…we went out miles into the woods calling her and everything. Nothing worked, but then she just appeared again. *hugs* i really hope he is okay. 🙁
Post # 10
I don’t have any more advice than what’s already been said, but if it’s a comfort to you, my friend’s cat went missing for a week several weeks ago when our area was having constant rain/ice storms and the temp. got close to freezing at night. She left food and blankets outside for him, and one day my friend walked outside and he was randomly sitting on her car like nothing happened! I hope this is the case for your kitty too–sometimes they just like to go on adventures.
Post # 11
@missrain: Thanks! I’ll definitely keep trying, I love her so much.
@HappinessIsInDaisies: Thank you, your story truly gives me hope. I know she is capable of surviving on her own, she’s a badass, I just hope she’s still alive with no injuries!
Post # 12
@CandieC88: I need all the happily-ever-after stories I can get! Thank you.
Post # 13
I lived in the woods in the mountains for 15 years. I have no wish to scare you but I lost a lot of cats (I TNR ferals) over the years. Coyotes, foxes, roaming dogs, idiots with guns, even great horned owls all get to cats. Most of the time when my cats did not come home, they were gone for good. And yes, I looked, advertised, made up flyers and even got so desperate that I consulted with animal communicators.
That being said, I had a few who did come home, even one who returned after being missing for three weeks. Continue to call, set out food, etc. Good luck!
Post # 14
@boogiewoogies: I am so sorry! HUGS! My childhood cat (still alive, and my mom keeps her because she is old and hateful. She didn’t want to move with me. lol) who is an inside cat somehow escaped and was gone for two WEEKS! I found her one night in the yard after I heard her meowing! She was super skinny but so happy to be home! There is still hope!
Post # 15
Oh no!!!! I wish she comes back soon in to your arms! You must be worried sick! Do what PP suggested abt the litter box. And keep us posted!!!
Post # 16
@boogiewoogies: Yeah, just keep calling every day! That’s what I would do – maybe she just got disoriented somewhere. Mine was a bit of a badass back then too, in her younger days.