Cat missing . what next?

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dobby2001 Wed 27-Mar-13 00:06:02

One of our cats has been missing since this morning. Its the more timid of the two we have, and she rarely goes out more than an hour at a time. I have been calling her all day, and our other,bolder cat has been out looking for her, as we'll as DD and I going out around the block calling and asking friends to check gardens.

I don't have a good feeling about this. She is easily spooked and has always gone out to our back garden, which backs onto other gardens, has never been near a road. If something has spooked her she could be anywhere,and she is not a vocal cat,so would be unlikely to call out.
Is it worth contacting vets in the morning? Do the council bother to check for microchips if they scoop up cats from the road? Poor DD has been down twice as can't sleep and having tweeted her photo locally, and been out calling her and roaming streets, I am at a loss as to what to do next sad

Try not to panic just yet. Do you have a cat flap? If so she might just wander back in. If you don't make sure you leave food outside your back door in the morning (no point now as the foxes will eat it), which should encourage her back and keep her coming back even if you're not there to let her in.

The Councils are supposed to scan any dead cats for chips yes. It probably isn't worth contacting vets as, if she is taken in to a vet or rescue, they will scan her anyway.

I have got loads of cats back (normally when they've gone out for the first time and aren't sure how to get back) by putting posters on trees, lamp posts and by putting flyers with photos through all the doors of the houses with adjoining gardens - normally at least a 100. I don't know what your neighbours are like but I always get a phenomenal response that way and have always managed to track down the missing cat in question.

cozietoesie Wed 27-Mar-13 08:21:37

Just to say that I always check flyers and posters for missing animals (no putting them straight in the bin) so that might be worth doing indeed if she's not back shortly.

I'm hoping she's turned up overnight.

foxache Wed 27-Mar-13 09:30:19

Flyers and posters are good idea, I always read them too.
I really hope she's come home.

dobby2001 Wed 27-Mar-13 14:48:19

Hi folks. No sign of her yet. We dont have a cat flap so have resorted to calling her name outside, every hour or so. Can see straight out to garden easliy though so constantly checking sad
Have got her photo circulating on twitter, and facebook, and have phone the 2 local vets but nothing so fat. Our other cat is very clingy (again, like he was when his brother died, florrie was his replacement sad ) and keeps looking out of the window.

Have taken a slow walk around all the local roads and even the park - freezing and feeling very sad now.

Not done posters yet as working, but thats the next step sad

foxache Wed 27-Mar-13 16:00:10

Oh dobby sad Still don't panic, hopefully she's at someone's house.

Also, although I'm sure you would already have done this, have you thoroughly checked inside your house? Sorry if this a daft suggestion.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you, I really hope you find her soon.

dobby2001 Thu 28-Mar-13 17:19:14

Florrie is still missing sad. Today I have e.mailed all the rescue places I know of, the local council animal wardens who gave me the number for the council clean up team - sort of good news, they have not picked up a dead cat since 18th March.

DD spent the first day of her easter break printing out 100 flyers to put through local letter boxes. We have got shops at top of road with posters in too.
Crossing fingers that the dry weather this weekend will get people out in gradens and opening up sheds...

Sparklingbrook Fri 29-Mar-13 21:12:27

Sending you positive vibes dobby. The feeling of not knowing is bloody horrible.

Come home soon dobbycat. x

Darmont Fri 29-Mar-13 23:28:33

I really hope you find her soon, will keep everything crossed

dobby2001 Sat 30-Mar-13 21:28:30

Still no sign of her. I spent the morning, printing out more flyers, laminating them, and putting them on lamposts in the area. I did two streets either way, plus as we are near train,tram and bus stops, by there too. I have had some lovely responses. An elderley couple pulled over in their car to ask me more info, the local shop keeper came out to take a poster for his window and said he would ask his customers, and my neighbour was sending her husband out to look later . She has a cat and looks after mine we we go away so felt upset too. With the dry weather, I had hoped more people would be out in their gardens, but it is so cold - I am so worried that if she was shut in somewhere, it would be the cold , and not hu Ger, that would kill her.

I have been in touch with the Celia Hammond trust, where our two came from, and they have been lovely, giving us advice about where to put notices up etc. They have reassured us we are doing all the right things. I feel so awful, as Florrie was actually fostered by the rehoming lady, and she had a real soft spot for her sad

Our other cat keeps going out and when not out, is either shadowing me, or looking out of the back door. He is eating a lot less too - where are you Florrie ??????? [Sad]

Sparklingbrook Sun 31-Mar-13 16:28:24

Just checking in to see how you are doing dobby x

cozietoesie Sun 31-Mar-13 16:46:32

I'm hoping and hoping for you dobby.

sleeton Sun 31-Mar-13 20:05:30

Dobby Ask your postmen/women and any regular local delivery people. I have twice been told of my cats' whereabouts by local postmen.

Once, sadly, when the postman found our female cat dead on the road, but once when a family thought our big neutered tom cat was a stray (oh yes, eleven years old, big, fat and sleek ... I don't think so) and were keeping him in so he could get 'used to his new home'. On the second of those occasions, he had been missing (with us very actively looking) for over three weeks when we found him, so there is hope!!!

Good luck, I do hope she is back with you soon.

cozietoesie Sun 31-Mar-13 20:08:43

Postmen/women That's a good idea sleeton!

dobby2001 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:09:47

Hi all, still no sign. We have been in and out of the garden more today, as we had family over andused the shed for storing drinks. Our neighbours were in the garden too, so I was really hoping she might turn up- no such luck sad Post ie is a good idea, ours is really friendly, thanks

Sparklingbrook Mon 01-Apr-13 18:15:33

Sending hugs dobby. Don't give up hope. x

TheEasterQODdy Mon 01-Apr-13 18:18:21

My neighbours cat turned up after 11 days!!

Fingers crossed. You're doing all you can

dobby2001 Tue 02-Apr-13 15:14:30

We have had two messages lately that have given us some hope. The first was that there was a poster about a found cat matching our description. Unfortunately it had been removed before the person who told us could get details, so we went to the area and have put a few of our Lost cat posters up in the hope somebody sees it.

Then this morning , in complelty the opposite direction to yesterdays info(!) A lady had seen on of our posters and called to say she had seen a cat in a road over a railway bridge to us that matched Florries description - in particular that she was small for her age - she notcied her because it was late at night, and she was surprised to see such a small cat out that late. It sounds a lot more like Florrie and we are going to go out leafleting houses in the area when I finish work tonight!

I am crossing fingers and toes it is her, and we can get her back - the lady said she looked well(she was a good killer, so probably feasting on local train line rats!) . Of course if it is her and she has got over a bleeding busy railway line and was running across the road when seen - she may be so bleeding adventurous now she wont want to come back ! hmm grin

Sparklingbrook Tue 02-Apr-13 15:16:40

That does sound promising. Putting up posters further afield is a good idea. Fingers crossed. x

cozietoesie Tue 02-Apr-13 15:43:54

Best of luck.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:50:27

Good luck.

We saw a stray Norwegian forest cat but we couldn't catch him, he had a squirrel in his mouth and thought we wanted it.

We knew it was him because we used to see him stalking in the grass, then one day he vanished and posters went up.

Freyaee Tue 02-Apr-13 23:11:30

Oh Dobby sad This must be worrying you sick, but I'm sure you will get her back. These responses sound very promising. I really do hope you or someone else finds her and she is home safe and warm with you soon. Don't give up yet!

Freyaee Tue 02-Apr-13 23:12:09

P.S. I've read stories about cats returning several YEARS after they went missing - obviously you don't want her to be missing for years, but just to say there is always hope!

out2lunch Wed 03-Apr-13 00:30:12

good luck dobby
my really old cat went missing for two weeks once
somebody kindly picked him up and took him to animal sanctuary - they put ad in found col of local paper
don't give up hope

Sparklingpeaceandlovebrook Thu 04-Apr-13 13:37:35

How's things dobby?

dobby2001 Fri 05-Apr-13 23:04:27

Hi folks, well it has been a real saga since we last spoke. Florrie is still not home , but we have now had Two phone calls from people saying they have spotted her in the same location. Most frustruatlingly the last one was only 10 minutes after I had arrived home form searching there hmm . We have also had a call about a cat fitting her description about 3 roads away in the other direction, this afternoon. We went down there and happened to see a neighbour who confirmed there was an "unknown and bedraggled" cat hanging around. One of my posters was on the corner opposite her house so she has promised to call if she spots the cat again.

Given the strong possibility she is in the road the other side of the railway line to us (where we had the sighting last night) and she only seems to be there around 11.30-midnight (obviously has a routeine!) I am actually about to go round there with a tupperware of cat food to see if I can spot her/ rule out the cat concerned - yep I am going on cat stake out! grin I may be posting from my car if it all gets a bit cold and quiet!!

Sparklingbrook Fri 05-Apr-13 23:07:40

Oh dobby how frustrating. Fingers crossed for you. xx

out2lunch Fri 05-Apr-13 23:08:40

oooh good luck x

cozietoesie Fri 05-Apr-13 23:28:59

Best of luck, dobby.

pigsDOfly Fri 05-Apr-13 23:35:58

Good luck. Hope you find her and bring her back safe and sound. Such a worry for you.

Yes good luck. And if you don't see her leave the food, and carry on leaving the food in the same place at about the same time every day (when you're not able to do another stake out), then said cat will hopefully start turning up at around the same time to find the food so making the next stake out much easier. And let's hope it's her!

dobby2001 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:42:03

Still no bloody sight of her (by us) . I sat in the car - cat food on wall with me having a clear sight of the spot, and no sight of any wildlife - unless you count to occiassional drunk yoof walking back from the kebab shop down the road hmm . I did however go for a cruise around the streets where the other sighting had been and spotted an cat that looked like it could have been the one described as possible ours - longer hair but similiar markings hence it sort of did resemble a "bedraggled" version of Florrie smile
Today Dh and DD have been back to the flats where I did the stake out to put our poster RIGHT OUTSIDE! grin I wish somebody could just catch her, then ring to say come and get her! She does move quick though so they would have no more luck than us. At least both reports have siad that she looked well, so she is hopefully getting food from somewhere.

Oh dear. It's so upsetting isn't it? Whenever I've had a cat missing I just can't think about anything else and can't be happy. Thankfully all of the 25 or so cats of mine that have been missing at some point I managed to get back eventually - almost always with the help from the neighbourhood who must frankly get sick of my posters and notes. Most took between one and two weeks, but one did admittedly come to light after about 5 years (the lady he'd moved in with only thought to mention to me that she might have my cat when he needed the vet ...)

SirSugar Sun 07-Apr-13 08:40:06

Hi OP, my cat recently went missing for a month, then a family found him and contacted me through a poster we had put up, he was only a couple of streets away, so don't give up hope

this is a good site and may help www.animalsearchuk.co.uk/

Hope you find her x

dobby2001 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:21:26

Oh god, I need hand holding - we think we have found her, but she is trapped! Remember I mentioned about the building (shop with offices above) that had workman in it at the top of our road? Some neighbours across the road have called to say about 3 days ago they spotted a cat at one of the upstairs windows. Tonight they saw the cat again and made the connection. We have been all around the building and there is no way to get access. DH has seen the cat (I was out with DD) and although it was from a distance he was 95% certain it was her.

We have rung the security alarm company and the estate agents and no reply from either. Phone the RSPCA who have advised us to tape our contact details over the doors so anyone entering the building will get in touch and keep trying the phone numbers we have. If no joy by 10.30/11ish to call them back and they will come out to see if they can gain entry.

Nobody has been in that building for at least a week - what the flip has she been surviving on?? sad even if it is not Florrie ,that poor kitty sad

cozietoesie Mon 08-Apr-13 21:25:38

Cats can survive on remarkably little for a good while - especially if there is some source of water.

Fingers crossed for you, dobby.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:31:26

Oh my god, poor cat. She might be licking moisture off the windows, and eating spoders, don't forget cats are desert animals.

Fingers crossed.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:31:42

Spiders. Stupid ipad.

Sparklingbrook Mon 08-Apr-13 21:34:49

Ooh noo. But good that you have possibly found her. Fingers crossed. x

2kidsintow Mon 08-Apr-13 21:42:51

Is it over the top to call your local police station (on non emergency or their direct number) to ask for advice for how to find out who is responsible for the building and how to contact them?

Poor cat! The Police should be able to help, but you have to be persistent and explain that the cat will almost certainly die if you don't get access immediately.

Also I see you're in London so contact Celia Hammonds - they are really good at breaking and entering in this sort of situation

Also does the building have a letter box? If so pour some water through and throw some biscuits in.

QOD Mon 08-Apr-13 22:47:47

Oh man, my stupid cat was locked in a car once ..horrible leaving him there!

dobby2001 Mon 08-Apr-13 23:08:20

I have been around d all six possible entrances to the building to tape notes onto doors as the RSPCA advised. Ironically I spoke to the guy in the restaurant next door and he Informed me the building owner was in his place only last night.

I managed to leave an answerphone message at estate agents and that opens at 8.30. I work from home and have a colleague coming over to help me out if I need to run up the road to get her out. Have even tipped off parents that kids activities may involve dramatic rescues and a trip to the vets"!!

Its just so horrible knowing she is only five doors away and I can't help her sad

dobby2001 Mon 08-Apr-13 23:11:07

Oh and catneuterer, Florrie IS a Celia Hammond rescue cat [Smile]

cozietoesie Mon 08-Apr-13 23:41:57

See if you can do what thecatneuterer suggested and put some food or water through a letter box. Also, first thing tomorrow, leave a message at your vet and warn them that you might be bringing Florrie in - in a state. (So that they're ready.)

Best of luck.

dobby2001 Tue 09-Apr-13 00:11:54

No way of getting food or drink to her - she is in an upstairs room at back of building- tricky to describe but that's around corner in our road. Only unsealed letterbox is all the way around corner at front, in seperate section of building its a hotchpox of 3 buildings really. I am going to ring vets in morning and possiblycelia Hammond.They often go in where Rspca slower to respond.

Our other cat twinkle is missing Florrie so much. I am typing one handed as he is curled around d my other arm.sad

cozietoesie Tue 09-Apr-13 08:46:10

Fingers crossed for Florrie this morning.

Sparklingbrook Tue 09-Apr-13 08:48:54

Yes cozie I so want a happy ending for dobby. So frustrating.

dobby2001 Tue 09-Apr-13 10:20:43

Quick update - Saw builder in van outside and begged to be let in! He had no keys but as soon as key holder came we went in with cat food, water and cat box. No sign of her anywhere!!! Neighbours had phoned that morning to say they saw her at window again??? We called and called but no sign.
Then I heard a faint Mew from INSIDE A WALL! it was like a blinking scene from one of those animal rescue programmes shock us knocking/calling - silence then an increasingly urgent sounding Mew. It was so frustruating, the builders took floorboards up, crawled onto the roof and into attic aces, but we just could find her! It was heartbreaking as she sounded in a bad way and so desperate - but determined as she had never mewed so hard in all her life sad
Eventually I suggested the builders left us to sit quietly and they did. we opend some cat food and waited. Sure enough after 10 minutes out she came. Painfully thin and with a bloodied nose sad

I had to call in all favours with parents as my mindees were about to arrive -they were fine as fellow cat owners smile and we rushed to the vets. They thought we had brought in a kitten and were shocked when we siad she was almost 2 years old! She is very dehydrated and weighs only 1.6kgs sad They have put her on an IV and will introduce food when she is a bit better (she was interested in the food we put out but didnt eat it). Vet says as she was alert and still mewing then she stands a good chance of full recovery smile

cozietoesie Tue 09-Apr-13 10:23:08

Oh wonderful news that you got her out - despite all her trials amd tribulations. She's in the best place now, dobby. The vet pratice will give her all she needs for a few days. When are you to get an update on her?

Well done you and all involved!

StuffezLaBouche Tue 09-Apr-13 10:25:39

Oh my god, what a nightmare! And how awful for you. She really is in the best place now, massive finger crossing.

FreckledLeopard Tue 09-Apr-13 10:31:55

Just seen this thread! So glad you've found her...wishing her all the best. Keep us updated!

ShoeHorn Tue 09-Apr-13 10:32:26

oh that is fantastic news, let's keep everything crossed that she fully recovers and doesn't go on any more adventures. What great neighbours for spotting her in the house.

Darmont Tue 09-Apr-13 12:22:42

Hi Dobby, I have been following your thread with fingers crossed and hoping for good news. I'm so happy and relieved for you, and so impressed with your perseverance in finding her. She's a lucky kitty to have such a lovely owner. Wishing you and Florrie all the best for a quick and full recoverysmile

dobby2001 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:58:07

Thanks guys. Have been out with the kids taking down some of the lost posters from lamposts this morning - best feeling when people have stopped to enquire to say she is alive smile I am still anxious about her loss of fluids and lack of food though - the vet did say that as she was mewing and moving around lots (trying to get away from Vets!) that was a good sign, but there was a noticable gasp when she saw the scale reading sad. I had hoped when we went into the building that i would see builders lunch remains that she could have eaten but there was nothing - old cardboard and broken glass on the floor,not a drop of water anywhere sad

Have to wait until 4.30 to phone the vets for an update - time is going to drag sooooo...

cozietoesie Tue 09-Apr-13 13:02:46

She's only young, dobby, and cats are great physical survivors. Fingers crossed for you all.

smile

out2lunch Tue 09-Apr-13 13:13:28

good news x hope all goes well

The first thing I did today when I got access to a computer was to check this thread - I was so hoping for good news. Gosh poor Florrie! I do hope she's OK. She's done amazingly well to last this long without water. She must have found something somewhere.

You have done so well to find her. Well done to you and to the people who helped you.

Have you any idea how she might have got in there in the first place?

QOD Tue 09-Apr-13 15:50:25

Oh I hope she's ok!!

Sparklingbrook Tue 09-Apr-13 16:40:36

What a relief. Poor Florrie,. Hope she's ok, and makes a recovery. x

boofted Tue 09-Apr-13 16:55:22

I have been watching this thread and have been worried sick! I am so glad you found her and I really hope she recovers fully. Little baby. xx

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 09-Apr-13 17:23:03

Any news?

QueenStromba Tue 09-Apr-13 17:37:38

I've been following this thread but didn't have anything constructive to add. I'm so glad you've found her and I hope she recovers. I was really hoping she was off being spoiled by someone.

dobby2001 Tue 09-Apr-13 17:59:53

Sorry ,work keeps getting in the way of cat stuff grin Florrie is doing OK. She freaked out when they went to put her in a cage, so the vet nurse sat with her to calm her down , and is consequently smitten by her lovleyness grin . She has responded to the IVs well and managed to eat some high nutrition wet food mid morning. She has since had some dry biscuits at lunch time and is happy to socialise with humans. They are going to give her a little more wet food tonight and review her input/output tomorrow morning. They have no major concerns but she is very underweight so that is the focus of care for now.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 09-Apr-13 18:05:32

Oh that's such good news.

Perhaps she thought she was going get trapped again in the vets cage.

cozietoesie Tue 09-Apr-13 18:06:12

That sounds very positive, dobby. I'm not surprised she freaked out after what she's been through - it's a sign of your strong bond that she managed to get out to you when you sat still in the place.

It's early days yet but I guess you'll be considering grounding her when she gets back?

Pleased it's going so well so far.

smile

That's a relief! And now I can go out - I was waiting for news grin

QueenStromba Tue 09-Apr-13 18:07:28

That's such good news. Do they think she'll make a full recovery then?

dobby2001 Tue 09-Apr-13 18:33:02

Hopefully Queen. She is such a wee thing anyway that until I spoke to the vets this afternoon, was was not sure myself.

And cozie, if I could find them, I would be buying a cat sized ball and chain to ensure that nothing of this sort happens EVER again! grin

Catneuterer, we think she got in as there is building work going on at the property and they have had various doors and windows open, according to where they have been working. Florrie and Twinkle go scampering off in the backs of the gardens when they go out - and that includes the gardens behind the shops. Think classic south london back to back terraces and many of the shops have flats above them, some with terraces and in a very small area you have maybe 40/50 families whose property they could be walking through/on.

I am just so grateful we found her today - seeing the condition she was in, I really dont think she could have made it many more days sad and yes, we have all had a bit of a weep - more than once smile

cozietoesie Tue 09-Apr-13 18:57:44

Ah well - she's back now. Just thank your (and her) lucky stars that it wasn't in high summer with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

QueenStromba Tue 09-Apr-13 19:11:03

We've only had our rescue cat for a month and she's gone from quite thin to pretty normal in that time. Ours hadn't been eating much because her teeth were in a state when she came to Battersea. We were feeding her about a quarter of a pouch eight times a day when we first got her because anything more than that would go to waste. She's fussy with the freshness her food so will turn her nose up at food that had been there longer than three hours but wouldn't manage more than 20-30g of food in a sitting. We give her more like 100g at a time now and she eats it before it gets too old for her. I hope Florrie isn't such a fuss pot with the freshness of her food. If she is you might have to sit in with her until she gets back up to her normal stomach capacity. I'm in wimbledon and if you're close to me I'd be happy to pop in and feed her if she does need the little and often feeds that Rice did.

I am so pleased you found your baby Florrie. Wishing her a full recovery-it is sounding positive.

Yes Dobby it sounds as though she probably wouldn't have lasted another day.

I just posted this on another thread in reply to someone who was worried about losing their cat when it starts to go out. Perhaps, given the scare you've had, you might like to consider it too:

If you are very nervous about her going missing you could always buy a tracking device for about £70 which fits onto their collar and has quite a long range www.loc8tor.com/uk/ The signal on your locating device gets louder the nearer you get to your cat. When one of my cats was going a bit senile she was forever wandering off and not being sure how to get home, so every evening I would start walking around the streets until the thing started beeping. I would then have to knock on someone's door if it was indicating that she was in their back garden.

sleeton Wed 10-Apr-13 14:40:51

Oh dobby2001 I have just caught up with this thread. I am so glad you have her and that it sounds like she is responding well to veterinary treatment, but I have to confess I was so upset reading the post It was heartbreaking as she sounded in a bad way and so desperate - but determined as she had never mewed so hard in all her life .

Well done for being a loving and determined cat owner who just did not give up! Lucky Florrie to have such a family.

dobby2001 Wed 10-Apr-13 15:35:38

Hi everyone. Thought you would like an update smile We managed to get to see Florrie last night - it was past visiting hours and the vets is the local "emergency out of hours" centre for the area, but when I rang the nurse took pity on the fact we hadnt actually seen her for 3 weeks and told us to sneak in for 5 minutes grin. Well, it was lovely. When we first walked in she was just lying motionless in the corner of her cage. As soon as she heard our voices and my DD put her hand out for her to smell, she came alive! No strength to purr, and you could tell she was a little wobbly on her legs, but lots of face rubbing and pushing against our hands - such a differance from the morning. The nurses were delighted with the reaction!

I have put some photos of her from last night on my profile if you want to see wink

We have spoken to the vets today and although she is making progress, she is still on the drip. They are also not committing to a coming home time yet. DD was a bit upset, but I reminded her how long Florrie has been without food or water. Its also quite a busy,noisy house here until my day off on Friday, so that would be the best time to get her back if neds be. Thank goodness for pet insurance too! DH has taken her out for lunch as a distraction, and they have come back with posh cat food and a tonne of Florries favourite cat treats grin (and yep they might not suit at present but I wasnt going to spoil the smile on DDs face when she brought them home)

StuffezLaBouche Wed 10-Apr-13 15:48:02

Ah that is so lovely! Beautiful little thing!
Thank God for pet insurance indeed. How does that work, incidentally? Do you pay and reclaim or do they pay vet costs?

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 15:49:31

Oh dobby she is a lovely little thing.

Stuffez, I have paid and claimed it back but some vets do liaise directly with the insurers I think.

dobby2001 Wed 10-Apr-13 15:54:03

Depends on the vets, mine has a policy of you pay first, then claim back (they sign any documents and provide a report for the insurance company) But some vets will take payment direct from the insurers. We have made a couple of claims and to be honest, there is always something the insurers will wriggle out of paying for, so I understand the vets not wanting to have to come back and ask owners for money when they will be under the impression that the insurance pays out.

StuffezLaBouche Wed 10-Apr-13 15:58:03

Thanks, that's interesting to know. Sorry for the hijack!

dobby2001 Wed 10-Apr-13 16:02:57

No probs. BTW have just put a pic of Florrie with her partner in crime, Twinkle, taken a week or so before she went missing. I have this on my phone screen and whilst she was missing it would make me get very teary eyed! (still does!)

Koyangwuti Wed 10-Apr-13 16:09:05

Talking to your neighbors and asking them to keep their eyes open is probably the best thing you can do. If your cat is alive and has not been catnapped (which is highly unlikely) then your cat is almost certainly not far away. When cats get freaked out and go into "survival mode" they stop responding to their name and the cat could be a foot away from you without you knowing it. It is super frustrating. Our indoor-only cat got trapped outside when I didn't realize she slipped out when I opened the door late one night, and then she was missing for two months. We were very fortunate. A kind woman saw our cat and figured a cat covered in its own poo and so thin you could see all its ribs was a cat that was in trouble. She took it to the vet, they scanned her, and we had her back and nursed her back to health. Our cat was found just a few houses away from ours, even though I'd searched every leaf in a half-mile radius several times. Everything I've read says they do not wander far, and this was true for us as well. Your neighbors are your greatest asset here. Someone will see her, they just need to know that she is lost to know to do anything about it.

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 16:09:54

Koyang the cat has been found.

QueenStromba Wed 10-Apr-13 17:17:54

She's lovely, our girl is black and white too. Sounds like someone's going to get spoiled rotten when they get home from the vets smile I think in your position my DP would have to physically restrain me to stop me doing a roast every day so she could have some. There'd probably be salmon sashimi involved too.

Darmont Wed 10-Apr-13 23:01:55

I'd love to see the pic of Florrie but being a bit of a newbie don't know how to access profiles. Could anyone help?

Sparklingbrook Wed 10-Apr-13 23:03:25

Just click on dobbys name on any of her posts Darmont.

Darmont Thu 11-Apr-13 07:44:44

Thank you smile will have to try my computer as won't do it on my phone

dobby2001 Thu 11-Apr-13 09:23:00

To save everyone trawling through 4 pages of posts, I started a new thread here www.mumsnet.com/Talk/the_litter_tray/1729319-The-all-new-Florrie-thread

Darmont Thu 11-Apr-13 09:38:49

Dobs, Florrie is gorgeous! It's so nice to put a little face to her image in my mindsmile I have put some of our little girl on my page now.

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