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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

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.

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

To save everyone trawling through 4 pages of posts, I started a new thread here

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

Koyang the cat has been found.

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.

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!)

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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)

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.

thecatneuterer Tue 09-Apr-13 20:17:57

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 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.

demolitionduo Tue 09-Apr-13 19:59:14

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

thecatneuterer Tue 09-Apr-13 18:06:26

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

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.


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.

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.

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