How can I prevent his heading off and not coming home until the morning? is that possible? In fact so far I haven't seen him today, usually he comes in late and I find him at the end of my bed, or he strolls in at 6.30ish.
Up to last week it was work like this, he is sleeping when I come in (before 6pm), he goes out then is back late but before morning. Last three days he hasn't been here wheniI'm home from work, and turned in the morning.
Haven't seen him since 6 yesterday evening. He came in, looked at his food but didn't eat, then, snunk out when door was open. Getting concerned now.
When its hot, mine are like this. It appears they sleep in a nice hedge all day, and then wander at night. They appear only to be fed morning and evening - but always have constant access outside due to cat1 having massive issues around being confined
Does he hunt a lot? I hardly see my hunting cat in summer. He loves being outside snoozing under hedges and spends a lot of the night in the fields behind us eating small mammals.
He comes in to snooze sometimes, top up on cat food and occasionally to show off a kill. We see a lot more of him on rainy cold days and he sleeps on my bed for hours ... a sprawling fluffy tabby killing machine (who is lovely and patient with my kids).
Could you try Dreamies-training him? Get him used to the idea that if he comes running when you call he gets a few Dreamies - and only then. Archcat knows that when we call him now just as it goes dark, he'll get a handful few Dreamies. DD1 has even trained him that he has to sit down nicely before he gets them.