Help me feel better about my missing cat (my baby)….

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I know nothing about cats, indoor or outdoor, but praying your baby is okay! Such a cute face.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Oh no! I don’t have cats but I have heard stories of cats that are found- even months later so don’t give up! Here is some tips on finding your kitty – http://www.catsinthebag.org/

Putting out the litter box, food and your clothing as well as posting fliers is helpful. I hope you find him soon!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

A couple of years ago my brother’s cat went missing. Three months passed, so they were sure she was dead and had even talked to the kids about it and everything. Then a neighbor heard meowing in the storm drain and there she was! 

I don’t want to give you false hope or anything, but it could still turn out okay! I’m sorry you have to deal with this though. I’ve never actually had pets, but I am sure this is very stressful. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

If he’s indoor/outdoor he probably knows his way around and will come home when he can’t find another food source. If he’s gone more than a week or so I’d start calling shelters in case someone picked him up? 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

A few questions: Does he wear a collar? If so, does he have a name tag with a number to call if someone finds him? Is he microchipped? Have you put up flyers? Have you called animal shelters to see if someone brought him in?

My cat is indoor only and he is so important to me—I can’t imagine what you are experiencing right now, especially not knowing. My thoughts are with you and I hope he is well and will make his way home soon. Because he is indoor-outdoor, he should be familiar with the area and be able to navigate his way back home. In regard to my questions above, I strongly suggest microchipping and putting a collar on cats so people know they have a home. Please let us know if you find him, Bee.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Is he chipped / collared?  I used to have an indoor / outdoor cat who was microchipped, and I had a collar with his name and my phone number embroidered on it so that it was very clear who he belonged to!  That gave me some peace of mind when he was out wandering.  (I won’t tell you what happened to him since you wanted uplifting stories…)

Have you gone searching your neighborhood?  Talked to your neighbors?  He might be locked in someone’s garage by accident or something.  Four days is a pretty long time for him to just be out on his own for fun.  Crossing my fingers that your little guy comes back safely!

I will just say that outdoor cats have a much lower average lifespan than indoor cats for lots of reasons, but mostly cars.  It’s really hard to go through that, and all my kitties are and will be indoor.  Just something to think about.  But I sure hope your guy comes back!!!  <3

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Oh I’m so sorry your baby is missing! I have a friend who’s cat was indoor/outdoor and he went missing for a MONTH and one day just came back! Don’t give up hope! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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300bride :  I totally understand, that’s how my boy was too,  and even once he started climbing the fence, he loved going outside so much that it was hard to keep him in.  Glad he has his info on him!  And I’m really sorry if my post wasn’t positive enough.  You do hear quite a bit about kitties coming back after a week of wandering, so don’t lose hope. 

If you’re gone this weekend, could he get inside via a cat door?  Otherwise can you have someone stay at your house?  Or at least I’d put out food and shelter (a kitty crate with some of his / your stuff in it so he’d recognize the smell) by the spot where he usually comes and goes.  I’ll be thinking about you, big hugs – I know how shitty that uncertainty is  <3

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I once had a cat go missing.  6 months later, I got a call that he had just been dropped off at the humane society as a “stray” — with a rattlesnake bite (his microchip was traced back to me).  He had 100% gone to live with another family, who then dumped him when he got bitten (he survived and was totally fine). Your baby will come home!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Oh, Bee, I’m so sorry to hear this! My cats are mainly indoors now, except for one who occasionally will escape out the front door while I’m trying to get my toddler in and out. Usually he just suns himself in the driveway, then I go and grab him and get him back in.

We had a very scary time of it about a month ago where he had gotten out, then never came back. I walked every street within half a mile of my house multiple times daily, asked neighbors about him, joined local Facebook groups and apps, etc. Went to the SPCA multiple times. After 4 days, our neighbor came to the house and said she thought she’d seen our cat. The day he disappeared, while her son was mowing the lawn, my cat had hidden from the mower in their outdoor shed. He’d been trapped in there ever since. When she opened the door, he ran out, and when he heard my voice, he came right to me. He was thinner, and hungry, and had fleas, but he was just fine. It was so frightening, and I was very depressed while he was gone.

I had another cat who ran away after a cross country move. I didn’t think I’d ever see her again, since it was an unfamiliar place and a strange house we’d moved into. She was primarily an outdoors cat. She turned up after nearly a month had gone by, very bedraggled looking and skinny, but otherwise completely fine. I have no idea where she’d been all that time, but she was a survivor!

I found this page tremendously helpful as a resource. I’d really recommend you check it out. In the first instance, if I hadn’t checked with our neighbors and made them aware, she may not have checked her shed. The chances are your cat is still nearby! Please keep us updated, and I hope you find your cat.

http://www.3retrievers.com/lost-cats-guide.html

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m so sorry your cat got lost! Often times the cat is nearby and stuck somewhere or hiding because something scared it. Once my neighbor’s cat entered our terraced yard and couldn’t figure out how to get out (he was kind of dumb and also scared of me). I left food and water out for him until his owners could wrangle him into a carrier.

Are you on NextDoor? Our neighborhood has that forum/app and I swear 1/4 of all the entries are reuniting lost cats and dogs with their owners. 

This may sound extreme but I had a friend who legit hired a trapper to track down and humanely trap her indoor-only purebred cat who got out. He was missing for I think six weeks and came home okay after the trapper caught him in a humane trap. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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300bride :  You might be surprised to know exactly how far cats can wander! I would be asking neighbours to check garages and garden sheds. He could be hiding and locked in somewhere by accident. I’m sure he will come back 🙂

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