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evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 20:29:50

We've had Jupiter (one year old neutered male) for three weeks now, and today is the first day we've let him outside. He looked around the garden with us all this morning, then when we went out at around 10am he was inside. Cat flap was open - when we came back at lunchtime he was gone, and he still has not returned.

We are trying not to worry, but eeek. Cat flap is obviously still open, the back door is ajar while we're still up, food is in his bowl... We back on to woods so I imagine the outside world is very interesting for a cat who's been cooped up for weeks, but arrrrgh we want him home! Assuming he thinks it's home here sad

He's a very confident boy, so maybe that's why he's not back. Our last cats were ancient homebody females, so this is very strange to us.

Any advice?

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 20:34:42

Aww OP I feel your pain. Letting a new cat out for the first time is such a stressful business.

Maybe put his litter tray just outside your back door..apparently the smell is meant to help them recognise home.

When did he last eat? Maybe just pop out every so often and call for him as he's bound to get hungry and hopefully can follow the sound of your voice.

Hopefully he's just having a really good nose about and will be home soon. I let our rescue cat out for the first time yesterday and she disappeared from view for a while. She did come back, but I was panicking the whole time.

Hope he turns up soon.

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 20:36:52

Great name to start with!

My adopted boy went missing for 8 days earlier this year. Things we did:

* Put wet/smelly food around the border of our house to tempt him
* Put his bed and blanket outside so he could follow his own scent home
* Emptied the Hoover contents in the garden - same with following his scent etc
* Posted on the local FB/petlog/veg websites with his photo
* Called all the local vets to let them know in case anyone dropped him in
* Did the obvious going outside in dead of night when it's silent to call him
* Put up posters and delivered leaflets locally in case someone kind was hosting him.

Good luck. I didn't sleep while he was away and I still have a meltdown if he's not waiting for his breakfast.

P.s: check all tall trees. Ours was 11ft up a tree and required RSPCA and fire brigade intervention.

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 20:37:34

Bullet point fail.

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 20:45:47

Thanks all, will try those. He's not had anything to eat since breakfast, but I can just see him brazenly walking into a neighbour's house and helping himself, so who knows?!

He's such a friendly cat, I hope he's not making my himself a new home down the road sad

LivingInMidnight Sat 23-Sep-17 20:50:50

My boy was gone for 12 hours when he first went out! Thought we'd lost him. He still disappears for hours now but it's less scary.

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 20:52:36

Only one day is not too long, try not to worry too much flowers

Before the "incident" this year ours had buggered off for 1, 2, 3 days at a time. After day 4 of the 8 days missing we worried. But toms do tend to wander.

Hope he's home tomorrow!

In the meantime buy a nice bottle of champers for the fridge so you can celebrate when he strolls in.

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 20:54:22

Is he ginger by any chance? Ginger toms are known as the nomads of the cat world. They are total bastards for clearing off for days at a time and waltzing back in like nothing happened.

We've only learned this on our first ginger tom!

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 20:58:06

He's tabby and white, and unusually pretty (if I do say so myself). Our last cat was a ginger girl, she was so stupid and so completely brilliant - a hard act to follow.

Litter tray is now outside, still no sign of him.

At least we have CCTV in the garage (where the cat flap is) so if he comes and goes overnight we might have a chance of noticing!

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 21:02:49

Bless him. Hope he's back tomorrow.

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 21:06:03

Maybe if he hasn't returned by morning you could knock on your neighbours doors and just ask them to keep an eye out and check any out-buildings/sheds etc?

You could also make a flyer with a picture of humanoid post that through letterboxes. We did that when our lovely Daisy cat went missing a few years ago and it was so heartening to get so many people contacting me with sightings/offering to look out for her etc.

People are normally very kind when it comes to missing pets.

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 21:06:45

..a picture of him not a humanoid!

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 21:11:46

Ooh yes, photo!

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 21:12:06

Can we see a picture?

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 21:12:39

Will do. We have quite an active village Facebook page too, so will stick a photo on there if there's no sign of him in the morning.

Thanks for all your support, it's very reassuring to know that other cats are similarly stress-inducing!

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 21:14:32

Here he is. Isn't he beautiful?

OurMiracle1106 Sat 23-Sep-17 21:18:23

Our girl would go off for 3-4 days periodically then waltz back in like nothing had happened, longest she was gone was 3 weeks little terror i had almost given up if i was honest

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 21:19:05

aww what a handsome fellow!

OP I won't tell you not to worry as I know how upsetting it is when they disappear, but I'm sure he'll be back. Just keep going out and calling for him, and keep us posted.

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 21:24:31

Oh he's gorgeous.

They love an empty toilet roll!

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 21:41:00

Toilet rolls, feathers, cat tree, fishing rod toys, laser pointer, scratch pad - it's totally unnatural, we've never had a cat who actually USED stuff we've given them before! grin

Still no sign of the little bugger. He's got half an hour before we go to bed...

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 21:52:25

Ours won't accept anything that is made for cats.

He won't go near cat toys, fluffy mice, nip balls, cat tunnels.

He loves amazon boxes, shoe laces, toilet rolls, empty cereal boxes and margarine tubs.

Good luck tomorrow. Let us know if he's home tomorrow. This is my idiot who cleared off for 8 days

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 22:13:50

Aww another gorgeous boy <3

evilgiraffe Sat 23-Sep-17 22:17:38

Oh, he's beautiful! I do love a rich deep ginger like that.

Jupiter has just come back! He looks very pleased with himself, and is tucking into his dinner. Litter tray is now back in the garage. Everyone very relieved! I just hope he doesn't go out too early tomorrow morning, our children were anxious about him being missing. They'll be sad if he's gone out again when they get up!

Thank you all for talking me through it smile

DancesWithOtters Sat 23-Sep-17 22:23:37


Do you have champagne on hand?

God, they cause us some stress. They're worth it but still. Is he staying in tomorrow?

DavetheCat2001 Sat 23-Sep-17 22:28:38

Whoop! What a relief! So happy OP..ruddy cats keep us on our toes don't they! Love 'em though wink


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