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Have I lost my cat or is there hope?

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cece Mon 15-Oct-12 14:51:44

Got a rescue cat last month. Kept him in for whole month as advised. He is 8-10 years old. Yesterday we let him out. We haven't seen him since. So far he has missed his evening meal (Sun) and his breakfast today.

Will he come back or has he gone?

He has been a bit nervous and has a tendency to hide away sometimes.

HappyTurquoise Mon 15-Oct-12 14:59:28

We don't know! Hope he comes back to you. We've always put butter on cat's paws when they first go out. (A bit late for that now, but try it next time!)

Is he microchipped? If so (or even if he isnt) let the rescue place you got him from one (he might be trying to make his way back to previous home, it is amazing how many do that) and the vet (they might hear something).

Ask the neighbours to check their sheds and garages, in case he has got shut in. Make some laminated posters (take them down after a week or so, you can reuse them).

SummerRain Mon 15-Oct-12 15:02:47

A cat of that age is very likely to have headed towards his old home.

However I wouldn't rule out the possibility he's just thoroughly exploring his new territory and may still come back.

Good luck!

cece Mon 15-Oct-12 15:43:26

I will ask the neighbours. I'm gutted he was lovely.

bureni Mon 15-Oct-12 15:51:16

I have had a couple of rescue cats who upon their first taste of freedom stayed away for over a week, they came back when they were hungry but continued to disappear every now and then for a few days so dont give up yet, was the cat neutered?

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Oct-12 16:10:32

He's found a mouse nest and is up to his shoulder in mud dragging them out one at a time.

Phone the local vets, put a card up in the local shop/postoffice if they have a notice board, ring the local shelters and alert the microchipping provider who can mark him as lost.

I'm sure he's ok and just having fun somewhere.

safflower Mon 15-Oct-12 16:13:52

I also am wondering if he is making his way toward his former home. Is it far?
Or the old sod is hanging around watching you from a bush and allowing you to keep calling and looking like mine do from time to time, then just as I am going frantic, they saunter out without a care in the world.

piratecat Mon 15-Oct-12 16:14:00

there's hope. i'd ring local vets to see if anyone has found him. was he chipped?
Did you go out with him? In the past i have gone out with them on a harness at first, little and often so they get the lay of the land.

call and call and shake dry cat food box?

check surrounding streets, paths, alleys hedges.

piratecat Mon 15-Oct-12 16:14:50

safflower--lol. i get you.

i went spare once and this is exactly what happened. just cos they can hear you doesn't mean they will come.

HappyTurquoise Mon 15-Oct-12 16:20:02

We took our cats on holiday last year, to a (pet friendly) rented flat in the sticks. Both cats got out one night...the girly woke me up at 3am mewing to come in (little princess couldt hack it in the wild) and the tom was missing for 3 nights. We thought we'd lost him. He came back and was just sitting by the door one morning as if nothing was odd. He spent the next 2 days/nights hiding in a wardrobe with his paws over his eyes. (Yes, he was 'fixed').

Boy cats like to explore their territory. I do worry about busy roads in towns, though.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 15-Oct-12 16:30:01

Ours hid under the bushes in the back garden when we had pet sitters and refused to come out, even for ham.

They offered wafer thin ham, fluffycat is more of a hand carved ham cat.

We once couldnt find one of our cats when I was little and she was in a drawer in my bedroom festooned with thongs. (they were not my thongs)

cece Mon 15-Oct-12 18:57:40

I feel heartened by your stories of cats turning up eventually. He is from a rescue place so will phone there tomorrow. But he still is not home sad

On the plus side I have met a lot of my neighbours for the first tome and got to nose around their gardens. Over the hedge has a lovely swimming pool. smile

cozietoesie Mon 15-Oct-12 19:06:39

There's always hope.

Thinking for you.


glitch Mon 15-Oct-12 19:19:20

There is hope. My cat vanished for about 2 months when I moved and then just appeared again one day.

out2lunch Mon 15-Oct-12 19:25:18

you are not down south are you cece? - i saw one tonight that looked a little lost

cece Mon 15-Oct-12 20:37:38

He's a big brown tabby tom cat if that is any help. smile

safflower Tue 16-Oct-12 11:58:52

Any news on your lad?

I know it sounds daft but on people do list missing cats and they very often get found. Just a thought if he doesn't appear today.

Madlizzy Tue 16-Oct-12 12:09:58

We'd had Brian for 2 weeks when he got out. Thought he'd gone for good, but he turned up 2 days later starving hungry. smile

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 16-Oct-12 14:13:06

HappyTurquoise Tue 16-Oct-12 19:09:37

Any news?

cece Tue 16-Oct-12 20:02:20

No sign of him today either. sad

Will try to advertise online and with some posters tomorrow. DH phoned the local vets today so they will be looking out for him. I think I'll phone the cat rescue places tomorrow.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 16-Oct-12 20:08:42

Keep calling him, they don't go that far iirc it's a couple of miles at most

cece Fri 26-Oct-12 18:12:48

Just to update. Our cat came home yesterday after 11 days away. He is looking very chubby, although he was pretty hungry yesterday.It was a bit of a job to get him to come into the house so we could shut the door. However, DD rigged up a piece of string to pull the door shut and I lured him in with a can of tuna. grin

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 26-Oct-12 18:16:50

You must be so happy!

I wonder where he went to.

bureni Fri 26-Oct-12 18:22:26

Great news, get him chipped asap and get him a collar with your adress and maybe phone number written in the inside, this will let others know he already has an owner. Also be careful with flea and worm treatments as someone else may have already treated him without your knowledge, get him registered with a local vet and make sure they include a picture in his file. Again great news but remember cats can have several families and will go walkabout when it suits them.

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