Fuck, my cat is gone and it's all my fault

(284 Posts)
Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 13:08:52

Girlcat escaped from her carrier outside the vets and was over the nearest fence and gone before I could grab her. It was my fault, I didn't clip it up properly. The vets is 7 miles away. We searched for a couple of hours with no luck. I'm doing some posters and leaflets. I just want her home. She's chipped at least so someone might find her and take her to the vets.

GoodKingWencesLACK Fri 06-Dec-13 13:15:42

Oh no sad

Fingers crossed you get her back safe and sound, and soon.

Try not to beat yourself up about it though <hugs>

cozietoesie Fri 06-Dec-13 13:16:13

Ouch. There but for the grace of God go many of us I think.

Fingers crossed for you that you get her back.

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 14:03:32

DH is taking the afternoon off so we're off to where she escaped to watch out for her. Got some posters to put up as well.

Any other suggestions for finding her? We already searched all the gardens near by but I would guess she's hiding somewhere very close and won't come to us because she's scared and cross with me.

GoodKingWencesLACK Fri 06-Dec-13 16:09:46

Have you got a favourite blanket you can take? and keep the carrier well out of sight! she may just be frightened of going back in it, rather than frightened of you. I hope you've found her.

You could ask the other vets in the area to keep an eye out and put up a poster in as many as possible.

Also have you called the local cat rescue charities? Someone may have handed her in as a stray.

I hope she is snuggled up on your lap by now though sad

Ifcatshadthumbs Fri 06-Dec-13 16:12:33

Would wait until it's dark and go back late this evening. I would put good money on her being very close to where she escaped.

Something similar happened to my cat and we drove slowly down the road at midnight calling her and sure enough out she popped from under a bush. It was like she had been waiting for us!

Ifcatshadthumbs Fri 06-Dec-13 16:13:44

I think the fact it was cold, dark and way past her dinner time made her very compliant about getting in the car!

SecretWitch Fri 06-Dec-13 16:14:32

Oh bless! I am sending out good thoughts for your girl's return. Xx

Rooners Fri 06-Dec-13 16:24:21

This is my worst nightmare, I hope you manage to find her xxx

Dwerf Fri 06-Dec-13 16:29:06

Mine went missing for a week after escaping my daughter's house. She turned up in the scrapyard at the end of my dd's street. Hope you get her back.

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 16:37:12

We've walked round the area calling and shaking the food without the carrier but still nothing. There's now posters up all round the village. Our guess is that she's in the scrap yard nearby. We've had lots of people in the village promise to keep an eye out. We're off for another look in a few hours.

Boycat is going to be so sad without her tonight if she doesn't appear.

Oh dear. This happens surprisingly often at our clinic. But then people often get the most unsuitable carriers for their cats - or fucking cardboard ones! (The cat only has to have a piss on the way and the bottom of the box gets soggy and collapses) - why would anyone use those?! Also those cheap carriers with the plastic front instead of the metal front - any strongish, freaked-out cat can barge out of those easily. And some even turn up with the cat in their arms ....

Anyway I digress. I'm really sorry this has happened OP. You really need to go overkill on the poster thing. Also get hundreds of leaflets printed and put them through all the doors in the area. Then spend a lot of time hanging round any quietish areas around there calling, with a tin of food.

Very best of luck.

Oh and I've reunited cats with owners who have lost them in similar circumstances many times thanks to their microchip (albeit sometimes months later), so it's a huge plus that she's chipped.

Pancakeflipper Fri 06-Dec-13 16:45:56

Oh hoping your cat appears soon.

happytalk13 Fri 06-Dec-13 16:50:38

Oh bless. I really hope you find her. Ive heard cats have pretty good homing senses...

EauRouge Fri 06-Dec-13 16:54:20

Oh no sad My cat's escaped from his carrier before. It's got a metal front but he's a big, strong cat and the grille just popped out. Fortunately we were in the house before we left for the vet's.

I hope you find your cat soon. Mine go mad for tinned salmon, that might be worth a try. Have you posted on any local Facebook groups? There are lots for lost pets.

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 16:57:55

thecatneuterer it's a decent carrier, the problem was purely my own incompetence. And the cat shot across the car park, jumped onto the fence, gave me a 'fuck you' look and vanished before I was within grabbing distance.

It's one of those villages where everyone is very friendly so we've talked to a lot of people in the area. I'll get some more posters and leaflets on sunday (work won't accept this as a reason to take tomorrow off) if she's not turned up. There are posters in the local shops and pubs, on lamp posts around where I lost her and the vets also did some flyers although without a picture, that I've put through nearby doors.

Do you think she's likely to go back to the place she last saw me?

freckledleopard Fri 06-Dec-13 17:00:36

You poor thing. Sending lots of cat-returning vibes in your direction. Perhaps you can walk around dropping raw chicken/mince/steak behind you?

Quoteunquote Fri 06-Dec-13 17:02:07

local face book groups,

lots and lots of posters, with a decent reward, she will be close to where she went missing, but frightened.

ring all the local cat places, drop your details in, keep checking back,

put some big posters by the local schools, children are surprisingly good at finding animals, they notice them more than adults do, a reward is a great intensive to children.

ring the local radio station, mention the reward, give a good description.

Yes I know madratlady. I think we've all been guilty of not fastening a carrier properly at some point. I was just explaining the reasons why this frequently happens.

I doubt she'd think to go back to where she last saw you. I expect she'll just try to find somewhere that feels safe and of course to look for food.

I'm sure it's better than you're in a small village rather than in the middle of a deprived inner-London borough ...

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 17:08:23

The posters say 'reward' but not how much. To be honest I couldn't put a price on having her safe again. I'll phone the RSPCA and Cat's Protection. I've put posts on the local facebook sites.

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Dec-13 17:10:53

I have nightmares about that happening-so sorry to hear this Mad. There is every chance she will be found, and she's chipped which is brilliant. Good luck-keeping everything crossed x

I always counsel against offering rewards - it gives thugs the idea they can make money by kidnapping cats. But then again that's probably less of a worry in a small village than in would be in a deprived inner London borough.

I think most nice people want to help regardless, but I suppose a reward might get the attention of the less nice people (the sort posting on the cat poo thread for example). May be £50?

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 17:23:04

I'm just glad I didn't take her to the vets in town. At least there is some chance we will get her back if she's in a small 'naice' village. A few people already stopped to ask how the search was going when we went over the second time. Maybe she'll come out this evening when it's quieter.

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Dec-13 17:24:52

She will turn up somewhere when she's hungry I would think.

TheBunsOfPanettone Fri 06-Dec-13 19:33:22

Sending positive vibes and all me hopes for her safe return. I can't think of any advice to add to what's already been posted re. posters, rewards, local Facebook pages etc.

I had quite a pricey and supposedly robust cat carrier fail on me once. It was a plastic one with a metal front but the plastic nubs which formed the locking system had worn away unbeknown to me. Until the moment at the bus stop beside the busy main road when I glanced down to see Old Boy poking his head right out of it and considering a runner. When we made it to the vet I bought the toughest carrier they had in stock, it doesn't have any faffy catches, just closes by pushing a metal rod through two loops.

WTFwasthat Fri 06-Dec-13 19:44:36

OMG! How terrible sad I hope to God you find her. I would be frantic. We lost a cat two months after we moved to our new address and she never came back. i think the that general opinion was something freaked her out and she ran and then lost her bearings. I will never know. Yesterday her sister got run over and could not be saved. We are all devastated I so hope your story has a happier ending and that you find her - it's heartbreaking.

LST Fri 06-Dec-13 20:09:05

Hope you find her op sad

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 20:52:07

We went back for another look and called her and shook the food bag but it's getting a bit late to be wandering about on other people's property and calling for her tonight. Still no sign of her.

Boycat is being very unsettled tonight.

DH says it's about 5 miles home, maybe less across fields. Is it likely that she'll find her own way back to us?

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Dec-13 20:53:35

It's not impossible Madrat but more likely is for someone near to the vets to find her.
What's she like with strangers? Is she timid?

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 21:14:42

Yes she won't even talk to visitors if if we have people round. Catching her is likely to be difficult.

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Dec-13 21:15:53

But hunger might change how she feels Madrat.

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 21:21:17

I really hope so. I hate knowing that she'll be be out there scared and cold tonight sad

Sparklingbrook Fri 06-Dec-13 21:23:16

Yes I know Madrat, it is a horrible feeling. Think positive though, it's very early days.

BettyBotter Fri 06-Dec-13 21:31:07

MIL's cat was given to a friend to live on a farm over 15 miles away from MIL's house. 6 months later cat arrived back at MIls house hungry and tired but very much alive. She must have crossed countryside, a motorway and a large part of the city to find her way home

Give it a week and she'll be on your doorstep.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 06-Dec-13 21:50:14

Stupid question but did you take a torch? Their eyes reflect in the beam.

Poor you sad

WTFwasthat Fri 06-Dec-13 22:10:30

i am hoping to read this thread and see good news. That's the problem with cats, they roam free. Dogs are easier to contain. Keeping everything crossed for you all tonight thanks

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 22:26:58

We had a torch Fluffy, no kitty eyes though,

Neither of them are big roamers, she occasionally feels the need to assert herself by staying out overnight but she's usually waiting for me near the door if I go see if she's ready to come in at 4am.

I'm hoping she has a good homing instinct and comes back to us, although we'll keep going over a couple of times a day to call for her and a lost cat is apparently big news in the village because the vets receptionist said several people had popped in just to ask about the 'missing cat' and a few people stopped to talk to us and said they'd look out for her.

cozietoesie Fri 06-Dec-13 22:31:44

Try to get some sleep tonight anyway. Going out at 2 in the morning because you think you can't bear to stay in bed isn't going to help anybody.

Madratlady Fri 06-Dec-13 22:43:43

I have to be at work for 12 hours tomorrow (missing cat not an excuse to be off, illness barely is there, and I only have 4 more shifts before maternity leave so pulling a sickie on my last weekend shift would look really bad) so I can't be sat in the vets car park at 2am no matter how much I want to. DH will go over again in the morning and I'll stop by on my way home tomorrow evening.

cozietoesie Fri 06-Dec-13 22:58:35

Well done DH - and best of luck.

WTFwasthat Fri 06-Dec-13 22:59:52

keeping everything crossed for you OP - xxx

sykes Fri 06-Dec-13 23:08:59

Just to say we recently moved house and our blind cat went out (or was let out by my husband) and went missing. For eight days. We did everything to find her, or I thought we did, but got a phone call and found an emaciated poor little cat (who had travelled just seven houses down the road). Please don't give up hope as I never, ever, thought we would get our cat back. Eight days for a blind cat was so dreadful but she must be amazingly resilient. Don't give up.

GoodKingWencesLACK Sat 07-Dec-13 00:10:03

Sorry she isn't back yet, but its great that the locals are all looking out for her. I'm sure she'll find her way home soon!

On cat's homing instincts, my sister moved in with her MiL temporarily whilst waiting on some damp proofing work before moving into a new house and during this time the cat was kept indoors. After they moved into the new house their cat went walkabout. He chipped up two days later...at the MiLs! They had been combing the streets around the old house looking for him there!

crazynanna Sat 07-Dec-13 00:14:01

My old neighbour took her cat a couple of years ago to her mums in the country for Christmas (flat mate usually catsitted but was away this particular year. On the first day, cat manged to fly out of the back door in thick snow in the middle of nowhere. She came back 2 days later...starving hungry.

cozietoesie Sat 07-Dec-13 12:21:51

Any sign this morning, Madrat?

tobiasfunke Sat 07-Dec-13 12:44:12

This happened to me on Thursday but lucky outside my house. I put the cat in the top which opens and forgot to shut the front door bit properly and he fell out. It's easily done.

I do hope you get your cat back soon. He may be travelling home littlest Hobo style now. We had one who got in a van and returned 7 weeks later.

QOD Sat 07-Dec-13 12:47:56

It did take my friend a week, but she got her kitty back after he escaped like this after being picked up from a chattery. Good luck!

JumpingJackSprat Sat 07-Dec-13 13:19:39

Oh no I hope you find her soon. Mine is a house cat and I'm constantly on alert as if she ever got out she wouldn't come back! ! We have had a few near misses. I how she comes back soon

TheBunsOfPanettone Sat 07-Dec-13 13:20:54

Just checking for an update.

Here's some more helpful info and advice including a search site for vets and shelters in your area, where a lost cat might be taken, regional and national lost/found registers.

www.catchat.org/lost.html

Really hoping to see some good news here soon.

HarpyFishwifeTwat Sat 07-Dec-13 14:56:51

We had almost the same experience with our old cat. If you can (or DH probably) walk from the vets to your home. That will leave the scent for her to follow. I know it's a long way but it's how we got our boy back

ADishBestEatenCold Sat 07-Dec-13 21:15:09

Any news?

Harpy's idea sounds worth a try. (I've been overthinking it and imagining you dragging the liquified contents of your cat litter tray in a bag, a bit like a drag hunt)!

Another idea is to ask your local CPL to set set baited traps (safe cat traps) around the area that she escaped in.

Best luck.

Madratlady Sat 07-Dec-13 22:27:05

No sign today, we've been over and called her 3 times today. Trouble is it's mostly houses in the area and we can't go wandering into people's gardens so the most we can do is stand in the vet's car park and call her. DH got shouted at for wandering on private property (a junk yard so he was hardly going to damage anything) earlier.

Chance are she's wandered away from where she escaped by now. Hopefully she's heading back to us somehow. Unfortunately it's not a safe walk from there to our house, busy roads with no pavement, she'll hopefully cross the fields if she does make her way home.

Dish my only concern there is that we have no idea if she's still in the same area and the traps would be exposed for anyone to see in the car park.

We contacted the CPL and RSPCA to let them know we're missing a cat if anyone hands her in.

SecretWitch Sat 07-Dec-13 22:45:18

Damn, Madrat, I was so hoping you would have found her sad I am thinking of you and praying LittleRatCat somehow finds her way safely home...xx

QOD Sat 07-Dec-13 22:54:47

Can't dh camp out in the car tonight? sad

GoodKingWencesLACK Sat 07-Dec-13 23:49:18

sad

hope there is better news soon.

HAve you put out an APB on facebook? you can get friends to share it round their pages and local groups etc

Oh no so sorry. Sorry if I have missed this, have you given your local cat protection a call or do they have a fb page ? I have missing cats pop up on my news feed all the time.

Oh yes in your op sorry missed that.

notapizzaeater Sun 08-Dec-13 00:08:35

My mums cat once ran away from my granddads (cat sitting whilst we were on holiday) they didn't tell us and was going to tell us when we got home, us, Grandad and cat all arrived home at roughly the same time. She'd gone about 5 miles but made it home.

intheland Sun 08-Dec-13 00:12:29

fingers crossed for you

happytalk13 Sun 08-Dec-13 08:55:53

Oh dear. sad I hope you have better new by the end of today.

FeastOfPhteven Sun 08-Dec-13 09:01:14

I do hope someone finds her and she is returned quickly.

Have you searched for local animal groups on FB? They can be quite helpful at getting word round. Or put a picture on your FB (assuming you have it) and ask people to share it.

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 11:43:47

It's on all the local fb pages and there's lots of posters up. Hoping someone finds her and calls us.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Dec-13 12:09:09

I am willing her to be found and returned to you Madrat. x

DeathByLaundry Sun 08-Dec-13 12:20:44

If you get any sightings the local cpl may put out traps for you if you ask them nicely.

ElaClaw Sun 08-Dec-13 12:21:53

Hope you find her soon sad

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 12:50:51

I was hoping someone might have seen her by now and let us know. But she's shy of new people so probably hiding till after dark. And she's a black cat.

I wish there was more we could do to find her but we can't without trespassing. And she's either not coming or not close enough to hear us call when we go to where I lost her. I think she could have wandered a long way by now.

Boycat is being even more clingy without his sister to keep him company. He spent hours last night asleep snuggled up with me and meows if I try and move when he wants to cuddle. Which is all the time.

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 13:10:41

Seriously though, how the hell am I supposed to find a cat who clearly isn't going to come and throw herself into my arms in an area that is mostly private property when I don't even know if she is still in that area?

I just want her home safe. We've spread the word as much as we can, we've searched and called her. Surely someone should have seen her? It's been 2 days since she escaped.

thenicknameiwantedisgone Sun 08-Dec-13 13:18:13

This happened to a friend of mine last year. She had a phone call 10 days later when cats as found and taken to a local vet. Her cat also was chipped but no collar.

hedgehogy Sun 08-Dec-13 13:23:11

Oh gosh, I really hope you find her.

We used to travel with our cats to visit family. They were kept inside, but one night one of them escaped from an upstairs window that had been left open and there happened to be a storm that night so his scent was washed away. The next day (when we were due to travel back home) we spent hours searching and calling for him, and it was just by chance that I heard a tiny miaow (as no one else heard it) coming from behind the high fence of someone's back garden; it was him and he jumped onto the fence once he knew it was us. I think we were both as relieved as each other. He hadn't gone too far, hopefully your cat is still hiding away in the area.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Dec-13 14:14:37

What county are you in? Have you put it on the local pages on MN. Some of them aren't very active though.

ThistledownAndCobweb Sun 08-Dec-13 14:20:30

You poor thing, you must be worried sick.

If it's any consolation I'm sure all cat owners/animal lovers in the area will be on the lookout.
Someone lost a cat in my local area recently and DH and I combed the fields around our house hoping to find him.

I hope she is found soon.

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 14:21:15

sparkling my local mn page is very inactive.

I'm near York though (I don't care if this outs me).

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Dec-13 14:22:32

sad

I feel for you so much Madrat, I want to wave a magic wand for you. thanks

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Sun 08-Dec-13 14:24:27

Oh poor you. And poor puss. Hope she turns up.

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 14:59:57

I'm going to put flyers through the doors on the huge housing estate nearby in case anyone has taken her in.

Sparklingbrook Sun 08-Dec-13 15:02:21

My cat was found due to a flyer Madrat. I also told the postman and the binman.

I'm so sorry about girl cat

Could you put up a poster in church and the local schools?

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 17:20:51

The church, school and library are the only places that haven't got posters up in the village because none of them were open when we were putting posters up. The shops and vets and pub have them. The nice vet nurse who helped me search when Girlcat first escaped told the postman.

We've been over this afternoon and called for her but I doubt she's that close the the car park any more as it's near the main road through the village and she's never been near a main road before so it's likely to scare her.

DH is very optimistic that someone will find her or she'll find us. I'm just terrified we'll never see her again. We're both worried about Boycat being lonely without her though.

cozietoesie Sun 08-Dec-13 17:56:37

Lots of TLC for Boycat. And she's chipped, Madrat - that makes a huge difference.

Fingers crossed for you.

pottytowork Sun 08-Dec-13 19:20:35

oh, i hope your girl come homes soon!

my lad went missing for 6 days when he was younger. turned out he had been picked up by some children, he is VERY friendly! they carried him off and obviously didnt realise that he wouldnt be able to work out his way home.

he was handed into the vets because he kept trying to break into someones house to beat up their german shepard!

fingers crossed!

TamzinGrey Sun 08-Dec-13 22:09:01

Don't feel shy about knocking on people's doors and asking if they'd mind you looking for her in their back gardens. Most people would be more than happy to let you do this and would probably even help you search.

We once had a cat who went missing for two weeks. We lived on a busy main road. One afternoon we could hear an angry blackbird giving an alarm call for ages in a garden across the road. Our cat was hated by all of the local blackbirds, and we recognised the call. My sister went across the road, and asked the people, who we'd never met, whether they would mind if she went into their back garden to search for our cat. They immediately agreed and, lo and behold, there was our kitty, deep in some undergrowth, very poorly with a broken jaw and a cut leg, having been hit by a car and unable to get back over the road due to her injuries. After a visit to a good vet and plenty of TLC she was restored to full health.

If a cat went missing around here I'd be upset if I wasn't asked to check my back garden.

cozietoesie Sun 08-Dec-13 22:22:55

Agreed. Wouldn't bother me in the least.

Madratlady Sun 08-Dec-13 22:48:06

We searched most of the nearby gardens straight after we lost her, and DH knocked on doors and talked to more people yesterday. Lots of people took our number in case they see her.

I'm hoping someone has taken her in and will take her to the vets tomorrow, she might have been braver if she was cold and hungry.

cozietoesie Sun 08-Dec-13 22:52:14

A few months ago, I seem to recall that a poster's cat was found very speedily by a neighbour's husband who unexplainedly had a heat seeking camera/device which he used to great effect.

It's not the sort of thing we all have knocking around in cupboards but I'm surprised that the rescue organisations don't have a few of those.

Pancakeflipper Sun 08-Dec-13 23:15:32

Our neighbour had similar experience. Their cat appeared a year later and was a mile away from the search area so might be worth expanding your search area.

ilovemydoggy Sun 08-Dec-13 23:25:00

Hope she comes back soon.

VenusDeWillendorf Mon 09-Dec-13 11:26:31

Fingers crossed for you!

VenusDeWillendorf Mon 09-Dec-13 11:27:27

Good idea cosie, but why would a civvy have one of those?

EauRougemasTree Mon 09-Dec-13 11:38:52

A local wildlife charity might have one or you can hire one.

cozietoesie Mon 09-Dec-13 11:40:46

As I mentioned, Venus, his having it was 'unexplainable' although perhaps you can buy these sort of things online - but even if you could, I'm not sure what sort of hobby you might have to justify it. It would certainly be a boon to rescue organisations I would have thought.

cozietoesie Mon 09-Dec-13 11:42:10

Ah Hah! (X post.)

smile

DidoTheDodo Mon 09-Dec-13 12:32:52

I was hoping to see a happy outcome to this thread but am adding my positive vibes for you madrat.
Didokitty went walkies for just a few extra hours last week and I was frantic so goodness knows how you are feeling.
Here's hoping...

Sparklingbrook Mon 09-Dec-13 12:46:15

There will be a happy outcome. I am willing it to happen. Please come back Madrat Cat.

Madratlady Mon 09-Dec-13 12:53:55

Boycat is confused, he doesn't understand why she's not here. He's taken to waking me at 4am for some attention, I have a feeling they are both usually awake at that time and now he has no kitty company.

We're not giving up hope yet, I'm really struggling to get my head around the idea of her being gone though. She's such a quirky little cat. She likes to chat and if she's in the right mood she'll flop over an wave her paws in the air as soon as you go near her. And she always came for a cuddle with me when DH went out for his last smoke of the night. Always the last one, she didn't move if he was going out again later.

Sparklingbrook Mon 09-Dec-13 13:23:39

It is still very early days, keep positive. x

RabbitsarenotHares Mon 09-Dec-13 13:26:11

Random idea, but could you take Boycat in a carrier and see if she'd come to him? You'd need a second carrier for her, but surely the vets would lend you one if needs be?

Really hope she turns up soon. x

boofted Mon 09-Dec-13 13:34:17

Rabbits that's a good idea. I really really hope she turns up safe and well soon. x

TamzinGrey Mon 09-Dec-13 16:38:12

Aw she sounds lovely. You must be missing her terribly. Another one here willing Madrat Cat to come back.
I'm desperately hoping that this thread has a happy ending.

GimmeDaBoobehz Mon 09-Dec-13 21:05:42

Aw I really hope you find your cat madras.

My cat has wondered off before and we didn't see her for a few weeks. Is she an indoor or outdoor cat?

Madratlady Mon 09-Dec-13 21:23:54

I'm not going through the experience of sticking boycat in a carrier, he'll claw me to pieces if I even manage to get him in at all then sulk silently, he certainly wouldn't meow for her. It's a yearly unpleasant event for his jabs that causes us both lots of stress. And I'm terrified of taking him any further than the garden after what happened with girlcat.

She is used to going outside but usually comes home around 10pm for her tea and stays in at night. When it was warmer she occasionally refused to come in and I'd end up getting up in the early hours to see if she wanted to come in and she'd be annoyed at being shut out hmm

I was hoping for a call today since the vets will have been open but no such luck.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:42:55

You could record him miaowing on your phone/ipad and play it while you call her.

I've heard a radio show where a rescue did that to catch mum cats when they'd got the kittens but needed to get mum.

ADishBestEatenCold Mon 09-Dec-13 21:57:10

Meant to say earlier, look up trees in the vicinity. Go in daylight and look up, especially tall hard to climb ones, call in a normal speaking voice at each one (like you were calling her into the kitchen for her dinner) then be really quiet and listen.

Fear can get them up a tree that they genuinely can't get down and three times I've known cats be stuck up trees for days (once was mine, two days) and one of those was up a tree for nearly five days. She was only spotted because she was peeing and pooing, it literally dropped from above!

A long shot, I know, but worth another look, looking up the way.

Madratlady Mon 09-Dec-13 21:58:08

Good idea Fluffy, he usually has a lot to say for himself! DO cats usually respond to their friend cats in that way?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 09-Dec-13 22:05:50

My cat used to have a BFF who would miaow outside the house if I'd kept him in for some reason, when he heard the other cat he would jump on he windowsill and look for him.

It's got to be worth a shot.

boofted Tue 10-Dec-13 13:35:26

Could you leave the carrier near the vets with a blanket smelling of home and of boycat inside? Maybe she'll go in and sleep. Maybe put some food in it too. she might just keep going back to it.

Try the local radio station too - we did when my mum's dog disappeared whilst visiting us. She was found in the river, rescued by the firemen and taken to the local police station - they had the radio on and voila, dog was returned. It might just get the word out to a few more people. Good luck.

Madratlady Tue 10-Dec-13 21:30:27

Well we had a phone call early this afternoon from someone who saw her yesterday then saw our posters this morning. She wasn't far from where she escaped, assuming it was our kitty. DH went to look this afternoon but no sign of her today. I've got hundreds of flyers and a day off tomorrow.

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Tue 10-Dec-13 21:38:51

Well that is good news. Good luck for tomorrow.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 10-Dec-13 21:48:05

Time to hire a heat sensing camera? The fire service usually have them, it would be very useful if they hired them out.

I still wonder what on earth that other posters neighbour had one for.

cozietoesie Tue 10-Dec-13 21:54:47

Good luck tomorrow - and I agree with Fluffy. I'd see if you can hire a heat sensing camera. I think another poster gave a link to hire firms up above in the thread?

timtam23 Tue 10-Dec-13 22:00:43

That's good news Madrat - and good luck for tomorrow

Sparklingbrook Tue 10-Dec-13 22:02:06

I wish i lived nearer Madrat, I would come with you.

TamzinGrey Tue 10-Dec-13 22:17:47

All of my fingers will be crossed for you tomorrow Madratlady - I bet it was her.

Re the neighbour on a previous thread's "heat sensing camera". Could it actually have been a "night vision camera"? We've got one of those. It's brilliant for looking at wildlife at night and we always take it with us when we go on countryside holidays.

cozietoesie Tue 10-Dec-13 22:26:32

Could well have been Tamzin. I recall only that the husband who produced it from some obscure place was equally obscure about what it was. My memory may be playing me false though.

Sparklingbrook Wed 11-Dec-13 07:05:31

Please let today be the day.

KittieCat Wed 11-Dec-13 07:17:40

Please don't give up hope. My girl went missing for 6.5 weeks and we eventually found her due to a poster in a vet surgery.

Got everything crossed for her safe return.

Sparklingbrook Wed 11-Dec-13 07:23:38

Where was she Kittie?

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Wed 11-Dec-13 07:28:55

Fingers crossed for you, haven't posted before but been following the thread.

FennellaSage Wed 11-Dec-13 07:37:41

Fingers crossed for today madratlady. I hadn't really thought about that happening, will lock their carriers extra tight when mine go to the vet next time, I can see how easily it could happen.
Thank goodness she is chipped, you have a good chance of getting her back, especially with all the flyers, no-one will be in any doubt that she is not a stray.
Really hope today is the day you get her home.

Bakingtins Wed 11-Dec-13 07:44:37

do the vets or the local cats protection group have a humane trap you can borrow and set up in the car park or wherever she was recently seen overnight? We had a similar situation in my last practice and after a few nights of releasing the local greedy Tom cat we did trap the lost cat and return it to the owner.
Good luck today.

KittieCat Wed 11-Dec-13 09:02:48

Sparkling she'd made it a fair few miles in the opposite direction to our home (the weekend before we moved to the other side of London!). She'd been hanging around a block of flats. A nice couple had noticed her hanging around and called RSPCA who advised them to leave her be. Thankfully they didn't and took her in.

We'd had 500 posters printed and just by chance I mail shotted all vets in 8 mile radius and the couple happened to take her to a surgery that had a poster up.

It was weeks of very hard work to get her back (trawling the streets, speaking to people in the area etc) but it was worth every second!

OP, I hope this gives you hope!

Sparklingbrook Wed 11-Dec-13 09:11:56

Kittie what a happy ending. Blimmin' RSPCA. sad

DidoTheDodo Wed 11-Dec-13 09:31:09

Oh madrat I have everything crossed for you that you find her today.

boofted Wed 11-Dec-13 09:57:02

I hope it was her!! good luck today.

CheeseandPickledOnion Wed 11-Dec-13 10:29:50

Fingers crossed for you.

Madratlady Wed 11-Dec-13 12:33:33

Thank you. I'm not getting my hopes up about actually coming home with her, I think that'd be too good to be true, she's probably hiding somewhere. But if someone sees her and has a flyer they might lure her in and ring us to collect her.

DH is having a grump about me trekking around the village at 35 weeks pregnant on my own but I don;t think I'm likely to go into labour imminently so he can shut up.

TheBunsOfPanettone Wed 11-Dec-13 12:38:45

Very best of luck, Madratlady, fingers and toes all crossed for you.

cozietoesie Wed 11-Dec-13 12:42:00

Tell DH that it's far better for the baby for you to be doing something and taking healthy exercise rather than sitting and getting all stressed out. (I'm assuming you'd stop immediately if there was any sort of unwellness issue and are taking a mobile with you.)

Still thinking of you.

Sparklingbrook Wed 11-Dec-13 13:17:14

YY out in the fresh air, getting Vitamin D.

Everything crossed here.

Madratlady Wed 11-Dec-13 16:34:37

No sign of her. Wasn't expecting much but I'm still disappointed.

Sparklingbrook Wed 11-Dec-13 16:36:55

sad Don't give up. Did you deliver some more leaflets?

DidoTheDodo Wed 11-Dec-13 16:40:49

If I had a leaflet and saw her I would try to lure her in (with dreamies). I so hope that this happens for your little cat. She'll be fed up with eating mouse by now.
Everything still crossed for you.

FeastOfPhteven Wed 11-Dec-13 16:42:24

sad
Hope she comes home soon.

Sparrowghost Wed 11-Dec-13 17:03:10

If she's insured then some policies will pay out a reward and money towards finding her.

Madratlady Wed 11-Dec-13 17:11:34

I must've delivered a couple of hundred flyers today and I'll do the rest on friday when I've got another day off. Some of the houses round there are massive and so are the gardens so she could be hiding anywhere.

Not insured Sparrow, we had some financial problems so i'd held off adding another direct debit to our outgoings. I'd been meaning to do it for ages and was going to sort it out at the weekend. I've offered a reward anyway, we'll happily pay to have her home safe.

I'm pretty confident that you're going to get her back. You're in a naice area, you're doing everything you can publiciity wise and she's chipped. I would say the odds are in your favour.

Madratlady Wed 11-Dec-13 22:34:27

I wish I had your confidence catneuterer but all I keep thinking is that I'll never see her again. I hope I'm wrong.

She's not keen on new people (anyone other than me and DH), she's a black cat at a time of year when it's dark most of the time and she's smart enough and a good enough hunter to probably fend for herself.

cozietoesie Thu 12-Dec-13 23:10:43

No news, Madrat ?

Madratlady Fri 13-Dec-13 05:28:16

No, nothing

janeyjampot Fri 13-Dec-13 06:12:37

I'm sorry. Every time I see you've posted I hope it's good news.

Sparklingbrook Fri 13-Dec-13 07:22:22

There is still every chance she will turn up.

Madratlady Fri 13-Dec-13 11:58:15

It's down to her to get found now. Just found out I'm going to be induced in less than a week and have daily hospital appointments till then. No more kitty hunting for me.

cozietoesie Fri 13-Dec-13 12:10:34

Her and the rest of the community - but you take care of yourself and the baby now.

Sparklingbrook Fri 13-Dec-13 12:32:51

I wonder how many cats that turn up are actually found by their owners anyway? Usually it's down to the public seeing a flyer or a notice on a lampost.
She's chipped. Don't give up hope.

Yy to concentrate on yourself and the baby. x

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Fri 13-Dec-13 12:44:36

Best wishes for your induction.

Madratlady Fri 13-Dec-13 14:01:06

Well we got another phone call from someone who saw her today. Sadly she ran off before she could be caught but we know she's in the same area and still ok.

Really hoping we get her back safe before the baby comes.

That's very promising. Could you ask the lady who phoned to put cat food outside every day? Perhaps you could take her some food, or even get Tesco to deliver some to her.

Someone regularly putting out food where she is hanging around would be the best way to get her back.

Madratlady Fri 13-Dec-13 14:19:38

I thought we might do that catneuterer but she was chased out of the garden by the lady's dog so I'm not sure whether he'd go back. My other thought was if she goes back to the same place we could ask the CPL if they'd lend us a cat trap, if she's not letting herself be caught.

Ah. In that case does the lady have a nice, cat-loving neighbour without a dog perhaps who might be willing to help?

A trap would be a good idea, but you really need to get her in a routine of going somewhere to eat before you can use it.

TamzinGrey Fri 13-Dec-13 21:46:32

Oh it's wonderful that she's been seen, and great that she's stayed in the same area. Damn shame about the dog though. She'll be found I'm sure - and it will be all due to your intensive leafleting Madratlady

Best of luck with the induction. I reckon that you've got a lovely new baby and a homecoming kitty to look forward to.

Fingers still crossed for you.

KittieCat Sat 14-Dec-13 13:38:32

Popping back with crossed fingers and toes that it'll be good news for you this weekend, Madrat.

Madratlady Sat 14-Dec-13 14:08:45

Another sighting today but she ran off again. I think she must be getting braver.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 14-Dec-13 14:23:11

It sounds like it. Can your dh go back to look for her?

Madratlady Sat 14-Dec-13 14:36:10

He will do, a lot of the posters have blown away so we are renewing them as well.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 14-Dec-13 15:03:09

Good plan.

DidoTheDodo Sat 14-Dec-13 16:16:03

Sightings are positive. Everything still crossed for her return home. I like the idea of providing food for her somewhere. Especially the dreaded Dreamies!

Purpleknickers Thu 19-Dec-13 23:15:36

Still thinking of you and your girlcat hoping for positive news soon

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 20-Dec-13 08:09:04

I think op was due to be induced this week.

Hopefully the cold weather will make the cat seek out humans and get rescued.

TheBunsOfPanettone Fri 20-Dec-13 09:07:49

Hoping very much that's what will happen.

DidoTheDodo Fri 20-Dec-13 09:50:18

Me too. Good luck with cat and baby.

Fingers crossed for two safe arrivals in the OP's family - well, one arrival and one return.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Dec-13 16:03:00

Still thinking of you OP. x

TamzinGrey Sun 22-Dec-13 19:47:33

I'm still thinking about you too. Please update xx

Sparklingbrook Mon 23-Dec-13 09:36:25

I have seen Madrat on other threads. Her baby has arrived early, and she is getting to grips with new motherhood.

Congratulations. Hope all is well, and eventually cat will be home too. flowers

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Mon 23-Dec-13 11:01:58

Congrats on the baby OP.

DidoTheDodo Mon 23-Dec-13 13:20:34

madrat congratulations on your baby. Hope you are both doing well.
and that madcat returns home soon too.

ThistledownAndCobweb Mon 23-Dec-13 14:49:31

Congratulations madrat, fingers crossed that you have good news about your cat soon.

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 13:35:53

Well girlcat is being fed by a lovely lady who is trying to help us. She goes every day for food and was seen playing in her garden this morning. Dh is looking into getting a trap for her from since the cpl since she won't let herself be caught.

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 13:43:26

Madratlady great news. She's ok then. Phew.

Hope you are ok too. x

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 13:45:47

I was worried about her being out in in the cold and storms storms but she's clearly smart enough to find a warm hiding place.

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Fri 27-Dec-13 13:47:58

Oh hurrah What lovely news!

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 13:56:17

Trap sorted, dh is collecting it tomorrow. Fingers crossed girlcat is home soon.

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 13:57:41

These new baby hormones are ridiculous, I'm sat here crying at the thought of seeing my beautiful kitty again.

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 13:59:01

I will be so happy for you Madrat. And for your cat. Will she still need to go to the vets. What was she going for originally?

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 14:01:34

She was a bit wheezy. If she is still wheezing dh can take her. I don't think I'll ever dare use a cat carrier again!

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 14:02:43

Or a home visit. smile So is the plan to put something smelling of home and her fave food in the trap?

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 14:11:50

Yeah tuna and I might try to get Boycat to sleep on a towel so it smells of home and her friend.

Boycat needs her back. He's very upset about the baby although I tried to explain that it's just a people kitten. He's not allowed into bed with me any more in case he tries to sleep in the moses basket so he's lonely.

ThistledownAndCobweb Fri 27-Dec-13 14:12:30

Madrat, you've been very much in my thoughts during this past week. How lovely to hear that you are one step closer to being reunited with your girl.

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 14:13:38

When my cat went missing they recommended saving the contents of the hoover bag and putting it round the garden to entice her back-smells of home. smile

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Fri 27-Dec-13 14:16:04

Really Sparkling! Did it work?

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 14:17:14

She had already passed away but I didn't know Exit, but it made sense what with their acute sense of smell.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Fri 27-Dec-13 14:34:54

I'm glad she's safe and hope she'll be home again very soon.

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Fri 27-Dec-13 15:09:07

sad

boofted Fri 27-Dec-13 15:14:36

Congratulations on your new baby! I really hope your cat is home soon so you can give her a big cuddle.

Sparklingbrook Fri 27-Dec-13 15:23:51

Perhaps give boycat a brush, pick the fur out and wrap in the towel?

Been following this hoping for positive news. Sounds like you aren't too far off being re-united with your fur baby. Here's hoping the trap is successful.

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 17:24:21

Good idea sparkling he moults everywhere anyway!

TamzinGrey Fri 27-Dec-13 19:38:03

Thanks for coming back to update us Madratlady. Many congratulations on the arrival of your baby. You must be so preoccupied with your new little one and it's so good that you're still determined to get Girlcat back. I'm sure that she'll be home with you and her brother very soon now. Fingers crossed.

Madratlady Fri 27-Dec-13 21:32:47

Boycat is snuggled up on a towel on the sofa so it'll smell like him and home. We have tuna, dh is setting up a trap tomorrow.

paneer Fri 27-Dec-13 21:35:08

Good luck with the trap tomorrow. Hopefully she will be back to see in 2014 with you all.

Rosieliveson Fri 27-Dec-13 21:44:04

Good luck getting girlcat home and congratulations on the new baby grin

aristocat Fri 27-Dec-13 21:44:52

Good luck smile

RandomMess Fri 27-Dec-13 21:47:54

Hope GirlCat is well and truly trapped tomorrow x

timtam23 Fri 27-Dec-13 21:52:39

Good luck Madrat, that sounds really promising. And congratulations on the new baby.

lookatmybutt Fri 27-Dec-13 23:58:56

Congrats on your new addition and I hope things work out with your GirlCat - it sounds promising.

I wouldn't feel too bad about the carrier breaking open - the modern ones seem to be rather crapola. My carrier could barely contain my GargantuMog but it was all I could get at the time. The pegs kept jiggling loose.

One of my old neighbours had a breakout during a routine checkup. Her poor lad was gone for 3 months, but she got him back thankfully.

Follyfoot Sat 28-Dec-13 00:07:16

Everything crossed that she is caught very soon and back home with you.

Please dont worry if it takes a while to trap her, you might need to be patient. We tried to trap a stray who had a piece of plastic stuck tightly round his neck. It took a while for him to get up the courage to go into the trap but he did eventually go in.

Lots of luck!

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Sat 28-Dec-13 00:10:01

Good luck!

Fingers crossed that she is back where she belongs very soon.

BakerStreetSaxRift Sat 28-Dec-13 11:42:28

Fingers crossed you find her today. I really hope and think you will.

Congrats on your baby too thanks

TheBunsOfPanettone Sat 28-Dec-13 12:17:00

Congratulations on your new baby MadRatLady and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that Girlcat comes safely home to you!

Lookatmybutt yes, those plastic carriers are rubbish, the pegs and latches get worn out and loose very quickly. I had a terrifying near miss with one of those at a busy bus stop following which I bought a carrier that is really a small metal cage and closes very securely.

ButThereAgain Sat 28-Dec-13 12:31:06

I've been lurking here, and I'm really pleased to hear the positive news -- about the baby and about the prospects for a safe cat return!
Best of luck!

I saw (but couldn't help) a frightened lost collie dog today. Heartbreaking to think of his nervousness and the owners' worry and sadness.

chinley Sat 28-Dec-13 13:02:36

Wishing you luck OP. Hope she's safely home with you soon.

Good luck. Everything crossed for you xx

Madratlady Sun 29-Dec-13 10:07:48

She somehow ate the tuna but managed not to trigger the trap!

Trying again tonight.

Sparklingbrook Sun 29-Dec-13 10:09:47

Nooooo!!

BUT at least she went into the trap. wink So near and yet so far......

I am willing her to come back to you. x

cozietoesie Sun 29-Dec-13 10:13:41

Fingers crossed. ( Little Bisom that she is.)

Follyfoot Sun 29-Dec-13 10:14:28

Wishing you loads of luck with this - be patient, it will happen smile

ThistledownAndCobweb Sun 29-Dec-13 12:01:09

At least she knows there is food there so hopefully she'll be back.

DH recently had to trap an injured stray and it took three weeks. He'd perfected hoiking the food out but eventually we got him.

Here's hoping for a lovely reunion with you and girl cat.

ExitPursuedByAChristmasGrinch Sun 29-Dec-13 15:18:30

Was it definitely her who ate the tuna?

Fingers crossed for tonight.

DidoTheDodo Mon 30-Dec-13 18:18:38

Everything crossed that madcat comes back for tuna tonight and that you have her home safe with you very soon.

TamzinGrey Mon 30-Dec-13 21:11:03

Oh do come on Madcat - we're all waiting here, breaths held.
Good luck Madratlady.

Sparklingbrook Mon 30-Dec-13 21:39:45

Yes Madcat. just get in the trap already. <impatient>

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 31-Dec-13 10:28:15

<taps foot>

DidoTheDodo Tue 31-Dec-13 16:56:56

Here, kitty kitty kitty....

notapizzaeater Tue 31-Dec-13 19:43:41

Arghhhh doesn't she know we are all waiting to hear if she's ok.

Madratlady Tue 31-Dec-13 21:30:44

No news yet. Awkward animal that she is!

TheBunsOfPanettone Tue 31-Dec-13 21:32:19

Oh you naughty MadCat, come back!

Sparklingbrook Tue 31-Dec-13 21:44:08

sad Is real baby home though?

Madratlady Tue 31-Dec-13 21:47:56

Human baby is home. Boycat is fascinated, we think that he understands that it's a people kitten and he meows when ds cries and acts worried when we change ds's nappy because he screams when we do.

Sparklingbrook Tue 31-Dec-13 21:49:34

Aww. He must be very confused. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 31-Dec-13 21:54:51

I've always thought cats can understand babies are our young, despite not really looking like adult humans really.

Madratlady Tue 31-Dec-13 21:58:06

He's taking it very well. We just need his friend back and everything will be great.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 31-Dec-13 22:12:45

Although onesies are doing a good job of making adults look like babies <muses>

Madrat just wanted to share that my girlcat went missing whilst I was pregnant and we actually thought she had been ran over, 2 weeks after she first went missing we found her safe and well but rather skinny, in a local builder's yard.

I'd been so emotional and worried about her but we got her home in the end. I hope your girlcat is home safe soon too.

JaneEyresHeir Wed 01-Jan-14 12:10:24

Just de-lurking to say Many Congratulations Madratlady to you and your DH on the birth of your son. Wishing you all health and happiness for 2014, and hoping that GirlCat is home with you very soon thanks

Madratlady Wed 01-Jan-14 16:35:29

The trap caught a cat last night. Just not ours.

JaneEyresHeir Wed 01-Jan-14 16:57:55

Oh no! Better luck soon, hopefully.

ThistledownAndCobweb Wed 01-Jan-14 17:05:18

Oh madrat, what a shame. Speaking from experience of cat trapping persistence is the key.
Hopefully she'll be next.

The good news is the cat you trapped last night is very unlikely to trigger the trap again.

Sparklingbrook Wed 01-Jan-14 18:07:17

But the trap works!

moonbells Thu 02-Jan-14 09:50:58

Oh bother! Been watching this thread with crossed fingers.

Will get mooncats to cross paws tonight. ;)

KittieCat Fri 03-Jan-14 07:46:11

Popping back hoping for good news. Sending cat catching vibes, hope the next feline caught is yours!

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 12:59:26

Update for you lovely people!

DH just got a phonecall from the vets, someone has brought Girlcat in safe and sound. He's going to get her this afternoon grin.

ButThereAgain Fri 10-Jan-14 13:08:00

HOORAY!!!
flowers

I'm so pleased for you. That's lovely news.

tiredmumoftwo2014 Fri 10-Jan-14 13:08:15

Best news ever! Happy for you! smile

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 13:09:37

OMG. That is fantastic!!!!! I bet you are so happy. I wonder how they caught her? That has made my day. So pleased. grin

Hope you are ok Madratlady. How's things with your new baby? x

AmethystMoon Fri 10-Jan-14 13:09:52

Aww you must be soooo happy grin fantastic news! Thanks for updating us.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 13:11:24

Boycat will be shocked. grin Ooh and don't forget Girlcat missed out on a Christmas present. sad

JaneEyresHeir Fri 10-Jan-14 13:17:18

Fantastic news, OP! You must be so excited at the prospect of having her home again thanks

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 13:29:30

Geting a little tearful with happiness at the thought of having my beautiful girlie home again.

I'm ok thanks Sparkling, things are going well with baby, although he is pretty nocturnal right now so we're tired!

MirandaWest Fri 10-Jan-14 13:30:51

Oh that's great news smile

DidoTheDodo Fri 10-Jan-14 13:37:39

I am SOOOOOO happy to hear this - you must be absolutely thrilled. Hurrah for Madcat and love to you and the new baby too!

GinSoakedMisery Fri 10-Jan-14 13:40:02

Oh excellent result! So pleased you're getting her home.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 14:18:02

I remember it well Madratlady, watching the dawn come up from the rocking chair with a baby DS in my arms every morning. <sigh>

Girlcat can keep you company now. I presume you will need to keep her in for a few weeks if poss?

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 10-Jan-14 14:24:36

That's fantastic, she will be so pleased to see you

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 14:30:09

Girlcat is very very happy to be home. Boycat isn't sure what he thinks about the situation.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 14:30:56

Is there a story behind her capture?

So pleased for you smile

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 14:32:43

has she realised there's a baby in the house yet?

Hurrah!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 10-Jan-14 14:37:40

Thanks for the update. I love a happy ending smile

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 14:45:51

We don't know how she ended up being caught but we have contact details for the person who handed her to the vet so we will find out.

She has seen ds but when he was asleep.

Sparklingbrook Fri 10-Jan-14 14:47:26

grin Is she in for a shock when he wakes up.

What a lovely thing for the person to do, Girlcat must have got friendly.

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 15:18:39

I think she must've been hungry, she's a bit skinny. She has disappeared for a nap in our bed. Boycat has gone out in a sulk. He was clearly enjoying being an only cat because he greeted her by hissing at her.

sebsmummy1 Fri 10-Jan-14 15:24:32

I suspect its because she smells funny. My cats in the past always acted very threatened when we brought one of their companions back from the vets after a procedure.

I'm so glad she is back safe and sound xxx

aristocat Fri 10-Jan-14 16:01:07

So pleased for you all to have her back home smile

Fabulous news

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 16:19:01

Boycat genuinely seems to have forgotten her and he's scared.

QOD Fri 10-Jan-14 16:41:34

Yeah!

ThistledownAndCobweb Fri 10-Jan-14 16:43:18

I'm so pleased. I've been returning to this thread hoping for good news.

Madratlady Fri 10-Jan-14 17:17:05

It'd be nice if she carries on being this affectionate!

I'm going to get DH to ring the people that found her when he wakes up (he's doing most of the night wakings with ds) and I'll update to let you know how she got caught.

Oh I'm so thrilled to hear the good news.

cozietoesie Fri 10-Jan-14 17:55:42

Yay!

grin

cozietoesie Fri 10-Jan-14 18:00:46

PS

I bet he's not scared as much as T'd off.

I recall when one of my Mum's boys was Car'd and we bought her a substitute. Her whippet, who had been brought up with cats, had been catless for about three weeks and had been having a fine old time as sole pet. When she walked into the room and saw the new incumbent (halfway up the curtains) the look on her face was priceless. It was pure 'Oh Gawd - it's back!' - and she slunk off for the rest of the afternoon.

smile

RandomMess Fri 10-Jan-14 19:11:35

Fantastic news, so pleased she is home. Boy cat will get over it eventually

Oh this brought a little tear to my eye! I am thrilled she is back where she belongs. I hope boycat's huff passes soon!

timtam23 Fri 10-Jan-14 21:49:46

That's brilliant news, delighted to hear she's back grin

Rosieliveson Sat 11-Jan-14 01:22:53

Such good news grin

giraffesCantMakeResolutions Sat 11-Jan-14 02:52:57

Fantastic news

Wishyouwould Sat 11-Jan-14 11:15:15

Yay! So pleased to read this! Fab news :-)

CatOfTheDay Sat 11-Jan-14 16:10:10

Ah that's great, I'm so happy she's back!

I've been checking this thread since the start hoping for good news, and my face now looks like this >>> grin on your behalf!

Boycat will be OK, one of ours escaped a few years ago and when we finally caught him our girl who used to snuggle up to him wouldn't let him near her for about a week - he must have smelled funny!

She got over it eventually smile

TamzinGrey Sat 11-Jan-14 18:39:58

Hooray! Delighted that she's back - I've been thinking about her a lot. You must be over the moon OP. I hope Boycat soon resumes normal relations with her. Please let us know how things go.

What a lucky kitty to be back with her loving family. I do so love a happy ending smile

Madratlady Sat 11-Jan-14 18:51:15

We went to thank the people who found her this evening. Turns out they'd been seeing her around for a while and they think she was living on the allotments near their house. A friend of theirs told them that it was a missing cat. The day they caught her she was sat under their hedge meowing so they put some cat food out and the man sat a little way away and talked to her but she wouldn't let him touch her. He put some more food down and she came back to eat then wandered up to him and let him catch her. I think she must've been fed up living rough and pretty hungry.

Boycat has pretty much got over his sulk, they were sharing a food bowl again and asleep on the same sofa near each other.

She has ventured out to go to the toilet then insisted on coming straight back in. She's currently chasing a toy around the dining room floor.

Sparklingbrook Sat 11-Jan-14 18:52:54

I love this thread. That's so nice of the people to do that. Heartwarming.

Have you still got to take her to the vets now?

Fasterkillpussycat Sat 11-Jan-14 18:55:01

So pleased she is back - have been watching and hoping for a happy outcome.

notapizzaeater Sat 11-Jan-14 19:05:48

Aw so so so pleased for you, (wipes tear away)

Aww, how lovely. I do like a happy ending!

moonbells Sat 11-Jan-14 22:23:47

So very glad for you! Give her a tickle behind the ears for me...

DidoTheDodo Mon 13-Jan-14 12:59:25

Delighted. Happy cat and happy thread. It's really made me smile!

KittieCat Mon 13-Jan-14 20:38:24

The best news! I remember the feeling of seeing our girl again.

So pleased for you all. She's in for a shock with your new arrival...

Madratlady Mon 13-Jan-14 22:18:50

She came and joined ds on my lap yesterday so I think we can safely say she doesn't mind too much.

Her and Boycat are best friends again too. I think being stray temporarily has woken a hunting instinct though, she keeps staring at the rats when she ignored them before.

Sparklingbrook Tue 14-Jan-14 09:26:16

Oh that's nice. She seems quite happy then.

RabbitsarenotHares Tue 14-Jan-14 14:56:07

Have just caught up with this. Am SO thrilled you have all your family together! The stories she must be telling boycat though...!

paneer Fri 17-Jan-14 22:38:23

grin
just caught up. so thrilled smile

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 18-Jan-14 09:28:24

Lovely, lovely story.

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