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How to find your/my missing cat

Updated on February 19, 2016
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Anyone who has ever had a missing cat knows how worrying it is not knowing what has happened to them, or if they are alive or dead. Unfortunately cats do have a bad habit of getting to a certain age and deciding they now want to go exploring their new territory. For a cat their territory can be anything up to a two mile radius of your home, and naturally this makes them very hard for you to find if they get lost or injured whilst they are out hunting. It is important to remember however, that once your cat does start to venture out into the surrounding areas it may well be gone for days at a time, and it is not necessarily a lost cat in the true sense of the word 'lost'. The fact your cat has been missing this long does not automatically mean that something awful has happened to them either, and it frequently means they are just doing what comes naturally to them and patrolling their territory to make sure no other felines are attempting to take it over, (and of course spending plenty of time catching the rodents that reside within it for themselves).

Some time back I wrote an article called Where do your cats go when they leave your home? and I quickly realised there were a huge amount of cat owners out there who found that article when their own kitty had gone missing. Clearly these worried owners were desperate for ideas as to what they could do to find their cats again, and for reassurance that their cats were going to either come back on their own, or at least be okay. Now whilst I know that sadly there are many occasions when something has happened to the missing cat, e.g. a car accident or an attack by a larger predator, this is not always the case. I decided to write this follow up article to help the owners of lost kitties to find them again, whether the news was good or bad. We all need closure, and not knowing what has happened to our missing pet is usually worse than finding out they have died, even though the news is painful. In the best case scenarios however, we find out our missing cat is alive and well, and we are reunited with them.


Prevention is Better than Cure!

Before I launch into the ways to find your missing cat I would like to emphasise the fact that prevention is better than cure. If you take the right steps from the moment you take on your pet cat you can most likely avoid the worry that goes with a missing cat. By 'the right steps' I mean the following:

Making sure your cat is microchipped and/or wearing a suitable safety collar with your phone number on it (avoid putting cat names on the collars because it makes it easier for a thief to 'adopt' your cat and gain its trust).

If necessary having an invisible fence fitted to keep your cat within the boundaries of your garden or yard.

Before introducing new pets to the household that might stress out your existing cat and cause it to run away, read my article on how to introduce a new cat or kitten to your existing cats.

Make sure they are in good health and well cared for with no reason to want to stray for long by reading my article on how to care for your cat or kitten.

Get your cats neutered (spayed or castrated) as soon as they hit six months old. In the case of male cats this will reduce their desire to travel long distances in search of females in season to mate with. This will also prevent them getting into fights over females or getting knocked down by vehicles during their quest to find a mate. Likewise with the females it will stop them searching for males to mate with as they normally would when they were in season.


How to Find your Missing Cat.

Now assuming your cat is missing right now there are a number of basic steps you can take to help maximise your chances of finding your lost pet. If your cat is already microchipped or wearing a collar there is a good chance you will be called by either a vet or a rescue centre if the cat is brought in injured or deceased. The only times this is unlikely to happen is if the microchip has 'migrated' to another part of the cat's body, (which does occasionally happen), or if he or she has lost their collar whilst out roaming. It is worth periodically getting your vet to check the microchip is still in the correct position around the back of the cat's neck, and if it has migrated to an awkward location (or even made its way out of the body altogether (which also happens very occasionally), you might want to get another microchip injected instead.

If your kitty didn't have either a tagged collar or a microchip you now need to use other methods to reunite you with your lost pet:

  • Call around all the vets surgeries and rescue centres within a 2 mile radius and ask if a cat fitting the description of yours has been brought in injured.
  • Use your home computer to create fliers with a description and a photo of your lost cat on them. Post these fliers in as many public places as possible within a 2 mile radius, e.g. trees, shop windows, vets surgeries reception areas, telegraph poles, car windscreens, in the rear window of your own car and friends cars etc.
  • Knock on doors in your neighbourhood and ask if people have seen your cat. Keep a photo of your kitty with you to show the homeowners and give them a phone number to contact you if they see your cat in the days to come.
  • Leave out your cat's favourite food each night, preferably a strong smelling type of food in order to help attract him or her to come home again. If you are worried about this attracting rats, then place it on a raised platform that a cat can jump up to, but a rat would struggle to.
  • Check local sheds and outhouses to make sure your pet has not been locked in by accident. Ask your neighbours and local businesses to do the same if they have garages, sheds or outhouses of their own.
  • Might sound obvious, but look up trees. Even cats experienced at climbing sometimes go too high, (perhaps when running from a dog), and then get frozen in place, too scared to attempt to come down without assistance from a person on a ladder or a member of the fire brigade.
  • Not a pleasant thought, but check local woodland for signs that your cat might have fallen prey to a larger predator such as a coyote, Great Horned Owl, Eagle Owl, mountain lion or snake. Signs might include the remains of the fur, a skeleton, the collar or even just signs of a struggle like broken undergrowth with tufts of hair stuck to the bushes.

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  • Visit your local schools and ask the Head Teachers to speak to the pupils in assembly and ask them to look out for your lost cat, and to notify you if they think they have seen him or her. Again a photo helps here, and a small reward can do wonders to motivate children to search the local neighbourhood on your behalf. Let's face it, children get everywhere so if anyone is likely to find your cat in an unusual location it could well be a child or teenager.
  • Contact your local radio station and ask them to put out an announcement about your missing cat. They may or may not charge for this service, but it will ensure you hit a large target audience all at once either way.
  • Place a 'Lost' or 'Missing' advert in your local newspaper, preferably with a photo if you can afford it, or at least with a good description of your cat if a text advert is all you can stretch to financially.
  • Get T-shirts or badges printed with a picture of your cat on saying 'Have You Seen This Cat' followed by a telephone number. Wear these whenever you can and pass them out to your friends and relatives.

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I hope these ideas help you to find your missing pet cat, and that when you do your cat is alive and well. Remember though, don't panic if your cat has only been missing for a few days. Sometimes cats go missing for weeks at a time and then stroll in as if they have never been gone. It is in their nature to want to hunt, explore and enjoy the great outdoors. We just have to accept that this is something we need to get used to if we are to have cats in our homes.

Below are some links to other articles I have written with pet cats in mind. I hope you will find them useful and will take the time to read them in order to ensure you have a healthy, happy and well cared for pet cat.

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      Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

      One of our cats once climbed up a ladder to the loft of a neighbors barn. The neighbor, not knowing our cat had gone up, removed the ladder. It was several days before anyone heard the poor thing crying.. Boy, was he hungry and happy to be home!

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      Lela Bryan 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Some times they are lost in the house!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These are great suggestions to help someone who has lost a cat. It's wonderful for someone to have a definite plan of action to help them find their cat, or at least find out what has happened to the pet. I have three indoor cats and would be very upset if they got out. I do take them outside to the back garden and for walks on a leash and harness, but I don't let them roam free. We live near roads with traffic and I would be terrified that they would be hit by a car if they were allowed to wander. Hopefully I will never lose any of them, but if I do I will remember your suggestions.

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      diogenes 5 years ago

      Useful article as usual Missy. I have lost cats. One stayed gone for two months and was found by luck living in a hollow mattress in a yard with a huge Ridgeback, a known cat killer! Was she pleased to se me and she stayed on the bed all night. A vet told me that cats actually get disorientated and lost quite easily, not like dogs who are better at back tracking. So many get lost, poor things. Hard to keep cats if you have to worry about them. Bob

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Poor cat Pcunix, I am glad you got him back again okay.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Lela, yes, sometimes they are, I just wish it was more often, as too often they are not in the house, just missing!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I hope your cats remain well Alicia. I have a good friend in the same situation as you, and her three cats need to live indoors. I think this is a shame, but I do understand this is better than being run over cars or general traffic.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Wow Bob, that was one lucky cat, but so glad he survived. At least he had a good home to come back to :)

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      Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

      Nice tips.I have used RF located earlier, nice to see other tips.voted up!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Maxravi :)

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      Thanks for this hub. I linked it to mine about my missing cat. One thing they do in the US is spay/neuter at 8 weeks old now.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks LG, I have heard they neuter really early in the US now, but not totally sure I agree with it. The cats are so young and at a far higher risk from going through surgery, having an anesthetic etc. It takes a far smaller loss of blood to kill a kitten of that age, plus of course the surgery is a load more fiddly for the vet. I suspect that is why in the UK they recommend 6 months old, unless the kitten is big for its age, in which case they sometimes do it a few weeks earlier. The cat is unlikely to become sexually mature before 6 months old anyway, so there is little to lose by waiting until they are 6 months before having them neutered.

      Thanks for linking to this hub in yours. I hope your cat is feeling better now and eating again.

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      She's like nothing ever happened.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That's excellent news LG. I am really pleased to hear it :)

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      Chuckie 5 years ago

      My cat has been missing for 3 days now.My father let her out around noon 3 days ago and it was supposed to snow really hard and get really cold out.It has been very rainy the past few days before.She loves water and im starting to think maybe she jumped down the sewer and got drowned,or maybe a hawk got a hold of her sense i looked out my back window the next day to see one posted in my neighbors tree just sitting there.I am really worried and hope she comes home soon.She is only about a year old and still acts just like a kitten,she is not to fond or smart to my liking to be outside as it is,but i could not help it if my dad was the one to let her out :(

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Chuckie, I hope your cat comes home safe. Don't panic yet, she is about the age where they start to wander off properly for the first time, and it is not unusual for them to be gone for a good few days at a time when they do. Sooner or later she was going to have to be allowed out if she was to have a healthy, happy life, where she would be able to follow her natural instincts, get fit, develop a good immune system etc. Don't blame your Dad, whatever the outcome, you can't keep them indoors forever as it isn't fair unless you live by a major main road where they are likely to quickly get run over, (in which case I recommend smaller indoor pets like rabbits instead of cats). Give it time and she will probably come home on her own, unscathed and unphased. If you had her microchipped you may well hear if anything happened to her you didn't want, e.g. car accidents or other injuries.

      Good Luck

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry I had to delete your comment Haniajoy, but you had included an eternal link in it which is considered Spamming if placed without permission, and is against Hubpages TOS. If you want to post the comment minus the link I will allow it, (after all, you get a link back to your profile automatically by simply posting a comment).

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      Molly (L) 5 years ago

      My cat has been gone for about two months or more now and we got some tips on where she had been seen but after a while they stopped coming and we have four large streets near us and she wouldn't pass those but she is shy so if anyone went near her she would run but do you think that she ( a four year old cat) could survive in the snow an what do you think the coldest it could get for a cat to not be able to survive in ??

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Molly,

      Cats are amazing at surviving, and they are excellent at both hunting and finding shelter. There will always be places a cat can scavenge, not to mention rodents out there also looking for food, which will quickly become food themselves.

      Someone may have been feeding her and gained her trust over time, after all, she trusted you, and you fed her.

      Any creature will die if it gets cold enough, but like I said, cats are excellent at hiding out in sheds, barns, garages, under cars, etc etc.

      Hopefully she will come home when you least expect it, and in the meantime try some of the suggestions on my list, as they may generate new information.

      Good Luck

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      My cat has been missing three days. I'm really worried because he doesn't usually disappear for this long. Occasionally he'll be gone all night but he'll be waiting outside for us the next morning. But I haven't seen him anywhere since Saturday. He has only done this once before. About 2 years ago. He was gone about 4 days. And I got the feeling he had been locked in somewhere accidentally or something. He seemed quiet upset when he finally got home. It hasn't happened since then. He's 4 years old. I'm so worried. I love him so much. I've had him since he was born.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I hope he comes back soon Sarah, and although this is rare for him, sometimes cats do wander off like this. One of our cats used to vanish for a week or so, but most of the time we see him every day. Try some of the ideas I have suggested, they frequently work when looking for a lost cat. Let me know if he comes back home okay.

      Good Luck.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thanks, we checked the RSPCA today. He wasn't there. He's still not home. I'm really hoping he's just gone on a long walk and will be back safe soon. I just feel so sad and wrong. Like I'm walking around missing a huge piece of myself. I won't feel better until I have him home safe.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I know what you are feeling, I have worried myself sick over my cats when they are missing. My Hubby has even woken me up to let me know they have turned up at home, (normally he never wakes me as I don't sleep well in terms of quality, and worrying makes it worse). Sounds like you are in Britain, (I am in the Channel Islands), so at least top predators other than dogs and people are not an issue where you are.

      Please let me know when you get any news, hopefully good news to say he has come home happy and healthy.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Australia actually. But thanks for the kind words. I really hope I can post good news too. Really soon!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry, I didn't know it was still called the RSPCA anywhere outside of mainland UK as even where we are the 'R' is replaced with a 'G' for Guernsey. I suppose I thought your would be an 'A' for Australia or something lol.

      Anyway, I do hope your next post here is good news and your cat has turned up at home safe and well.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Wonderful suggestions - thoroughly covered and well-written. I can attest that posting signs works. My two kitties wandered off a few years ago while the house was being remodeled (doors open here and there). I was grief stricken, and posted signs all around our area. After 2-3 weeks, I did hear from a neighbor about one kitty and got him back - skinny but otherwise healthy. His litter mate did not show up, though. I try to believe she was taken in by a loving family . . .

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for the compliments Marcy, I am glad you got one of your kitties back, and I hope too that your other one is now languishing in a comfortable home, and being thoroughly spoilt :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks, Misty - I comfort myself with that hope, believe me. I feel your great advice here has probably helped many people. There's nothing quite as dear as a kitty.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I hope so, and I agree Marcy :)

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Good news he came back! After 5 days missing.

      Bad news he has hurt his leg. And has some cuts etc. He's at the vet right now. He has to have x-rays to see what's wrong. I thought it was broken but the vet thinks it's more like a dislocated elbow. And that a cast won't work and he could need surgery which will cost thousands. And I'm pretty freaked out. Because we don't have spare thousands at all. People jeep giving me all this conflicting advise. That surgery isn't worth it. That I should have left him a few days before taking him to the vet to see if it healed on his own. He can barely walk. I couldn't watch him like that it broke my heart. Sorry for babling so much here. I'm just really upset and confused.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Firstly you did the right thing taking him to a vet. Honestly, anyone saying to leave it a day or two before taking an animal in pain to a vet needs to try going a day or two with their own leg dislocated or even broken!! Of course surgery is worth it, would these people consider letting their child go without surgery or worse die, because of a bill!! I know what I am talking about as I am a former vets assistant and I am always horrified when people take such a bad attitude to animal welfare and the responsibility that goes with being a pet owner.

      Firstly do NOT panic. Speak to your vet about your circumstances and see if they will agree to either give you a payment plan option, or if they can arrange for your cat to be transferred to a subsidised animal hopsital/charity. You can also try calling your local rescue centre (RSPCA or SPCA etc) and ask them for advice on how you can solve the problem of the high bill that you can't afford.

      Right now you don't know what the extent of the problem is, and it may not be as bad as you think. Worst-case scenario they can always amputate a limb, and the cat will cope fantastically with 3 legs (I know loads of 3 legged cats). This isn't cheap, but it is cheaper than pinning and other more expensive long term surgical options.

      The main thing you need to do right now is wait for the vets to give you the results of the x-rays and a quote. Then look at the options I have suggested. Most vets will agree to a payment plan if you talk to them, but likewise there are charities that will heavily subsidise bills so the owners can afford to pay them. Speak to your family and see if between a number of you you can have a collection, or even organise a small fundraiser to pay the bill.

      Assuming all goes well and your cat gets better, please please do what I always recommend and pay to get your cat insured. In the first year I owned my two kittens I had to claim over £1200 on my pet insurance, the premiums in that time had cost me under £150.

      Let me know how you get on and good luck.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Ok he doesn't need surgery! Yay. His elbow was completely dislocated. Both bones completely apart. But they got them back together and put a cast on it. So I have to keep him in a small area to stop him hurting himself worse (which will be a chalenge) he is a very active energenic loud cat normally. But I'm so releived that he will be ok.

      Thanks for all your help. And comments because it really did help me feel a little better, when I was very worried and sad. Thanks so much :)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am really pleased for you Sarah. You could try keeping him in a pet cage for a while until he heals (the vet may be able to lend or hire you one).

      Don't forget what I said about getting pet insurance though. You have been lucky this time (and you have been proven correct in going to the vet). Next time you might not be so fortunate. Try reading my article on pet insurance and why you should take it out. It is a real eye opener I promise. The link is: https://hubpages.com/animals/Why-Should-I-Buy-Pet-...

      Hope all goes well for you and your kitty from now on.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thanks. I will look into the pet insurance. We have a cage for him already, luckily. He goes in there at night (most of the time). He just protests very loudly about it most times. Thanks again :)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sounds good Sarah, I know it is going to cost a small amount per month, but if you had seen some of the tragic cases I have seen where a perfectly curable, much loved cat or dog has had to be put down because owners can't afford the bill (even in installments) you would know why I feel so strongly about this. It only costs about £9 a month per cat, and is worth every penny. I list all sorts of unusual things you end up claiming for in my Pet Insurance article, including diabetes, kidney problems, amputations, advertising costs for missing pets, legal fees etc etc. Well worth reading if any further convincing is needed :)

      Hope your baby is on the mend soon, even if he has a few weeks of confinement ahead of him.

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      Gemma 5 years ago

      My story starts some time ago, we moved from one side of the uk to the other taking our 2 cats (brothers) Isaac & Jc, it took several weeks but they settled in well. Though both cats are friendly, Jc was overly friendly... docile even, to the extent that we had neighbors knocking asking me if I could kindly stop him climbing in their windows! He would also let anybody handle him, my children cradled him a lot.

      One day there was a knock on the door and a lady asked if I had a long haired black cat, to which I replied yes & that he was 1 of 2. She said that she has lots of local strays coming in her house and that Jc has been one of them! She went on to say that she had been to the vet about him & that the vet had advised her to see where he was from, and she had then found us. She told me she lives 3 streets down from us,she asked me if it would be alright if she had him, to which I replied NO! That he is a well looked after and loved family pet!! so I recovered him in his basket from her house.We didn`t see her again.

      That should have been the end of it but it wasn`t! Last august my family went on holiday & my oldest son stayed back for work & to look after our pets, On the third day my son phoned to say that Jc had`nt come home that night, I said not to worry as both cats have had wonderings in the past, though we were worried by the end of our hol when he still hadn`t shown up,.

      After printing posters and phoning local cats trusts and vets, there was no sign, so sadly we assumed the worst =( life carried on like this for until the 8th of December when my girls came running in after school all excited, saying that they had seen him and that he had rubbed their legs.. but then run off.. I caught the tail end of him disappearing round one of the gardens down the road! He had a different collar on, but was obviously being looked after, though he was very nervous & did`nt want to be stroked. Then we saw nothing of him until 2 weeks ago, when the same thing happened.. this time hardly acknowledging any of us, he is like a different cat, but following him.. he went straight to the strange woman's house... it was then everything became clear! (daft I know, but it didn`t dawn on me that it could be anything to do with her!) I reported her, but there is nothing they can do! Apparently because he chose to stay there.. though I really believe this not to be the case, I think she has kept him in as a house cat & the couple of times he has been back was when he has "got out" He must be so confused & I am so angry, I feel like my hearts been ripped out & like Im mourning for him when he`s still here,but there`s nothing I can do about it, once or twice I have come across this woman in the street, for her to duck and dive when she sees me, obviously she knows she has done wrong, Its just so frustrating that the police are on the side of the thief and not me.. even though I have shown him to be mine with photo`s, vets bills etc, I just hope this never happens to anybody else as its so heartbreaking for all involved.

      Isaac on the other hand is doing well and is spoilt rotten, its just sad to think that him and his brother got separated in such a way!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      What a terribly sad story Gemma, did he have a microchip by the way, as this is definitive proof he is yours? In your situation I would see if by having a microchip you can demand your cat back legally. I know something like you describe happened when I worked for a Vets, and when the 'thief' owner brought the cat in for treatment, the microchip scan proved the cat was on our missing list, and the correct owner had him registered with us. We confiscated the cat and returned him to his correct owner. Speak to the RSPCA and see where you stand when a microchip has been implanted if this is the case.

      If not, then have you tried confronting the owner and saying you have 'come to pick up your cat', surely she won't have the front to deny having him or to refuse to return him to you!

      Another option, keep your eye out for him and try to coax him back into your home and you keep him indoors for a while until he settles down again (use a Feliway plug-in to help this process, they are wonderful).

      Last option is to not only coax him back, but also move house, albeit a little extreme I know, but it could remove this woman as a problem from your lives.

      One way or another I hope you get him back into your home.

      Good Luck.

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      mumto4angels 5 years ago

      Thankyou, unfortunately neither cats were chipped, as kittens they started off as house-cats because the area we lived in was`nt very nice, when we moved to where we are now, it was a lot safer, with more greenery for them to roam, so slowly they went out... it did`nt cross my mind about chipping at that point =(

      Moving is`nt an option, so for now we will work on the coaxing, its such a shame that he`s distant now, but i think that he must be confused, maybe because he has a new name? Or feels that we abandoned him?

      Will let you know what happens with time, Im hoping that its not another 4 or 5 months until we see him again!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I do hope you manage to coax him back okay, and I would still be tempted to go to her doorstep and demand your cat back as you know he is yours and she can't just deny that when you have photos. If you do get him back get him chipped immediately so there is no way in the future she can claim he is her cat.

      Good Luck and let me know if you make any progress :)

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      tracy 5 years ago

      my male cat orange has been missing for two weeks, he is an indoor outdoor cat, was born on a farm and came to live with us as a kitten, he never stayed out all night, one night i called him he didn't come, i fell asleep on the couch, he was not on the porch when i woke the next morning, he hasn't been in sight anywhere, i have other cats, one of which he grew up with, side by side. since he has been gone there has been another male cat in the neighborhood. im worried sick about him. I have talked to neighbors, no sign of him. I call for him at least three times or more a day, nothing. I am sooooo worried.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Tracy, this must be totally stressful for you right now, but don't give up hope Ginger (orange) cats are very tough cookies, and they are good survivors in general. He may just have gone off on a jaunt, especially if he is only a youngish cat, (often their first major jaunts happen around the age of a year or so). I don't know how old your one is, but it is possible he is off adventuring. You don't say if he is neutered, microchipped etc, but if he is not neutered he is even more likely to go off wandering, and a cat's territory can be as large as 2 miles. If he is microchipped and you have heard nothing then hopefully that is a good sign nothing has happened to him, (no news is good news).

      In the wild cats form into colonies, and having more than one male in an area should not be a major problem. Yes they might fight, but usually all is okay once the pecking order is established.

      Do try the ideas on this article if he is not back soon, as it may speed up the process of finding him or what has happened to him.

      Good Luck, I hope he comes home soon.

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      Tammy murray 5 years ago

      Dear all.

      I have a 11mth young cat/kitten that has never been out in my garden due to being semi ferel we was trying to introduce her to he garden with her tip toeing out then straight back in.For some reason when busy late at night shegot out and we had not realised busy putting up wardrobes and a bed fell into bed late.next day we found her outside but she got frightened as we tried to get her and run into the gardens behind.Has been out for 4 days.I am so upset keep crying worrying about her Molly is my ray of sunshine.I have looked everywhere out flyers out looked in neighbours gardensup early hours looking calling.I have a neighbour who has 3 cats that have marked there territory and am scared she is to scared to come back.Any ideas will be gratelly received.Tammy Basildon essex England.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Tammy, I got your email before I saw this comment. I have emailed you back to reassure you. Do let us know when she comes home, and don't worry yet, four days is not all that long at the age she is. I have had cats go missing for a week or more before now and they still stroll in happy as can be at the end of it.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Dear all,

      I have a 9 month old female kitten and she has gone missing. She went missing on the 14th of March, so not long ago, however she disappeared rather suddenly that day. I've been calling her for the past 24 hours and there is no sign of her. I have walked around the local area and driven within 2 miles.

      Is there a point (number of days) where one should assume the worst? I have listed her on the RSPCA, my VET, and Lost My Cat as missing. I am putting up posters tomorrow.

      The sad thing is she has a brother waiting for her at home who's seriously depressed over her disappearance :(.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jack,

      You don't say if she is spayed or not, as if she isn't she may be in season and will most likely return home in a few days, (at which point get her spayed asap before any pregnancy will have advanced.)

      Assuming she is spayed then she is at an age she is likely to begin wandering further afield, and my own cats were not much older than this when they began vanishing for many days at a time (frequently over a week). Be patient, she is very likely to turn up on her own if you wait it out. In the meantime focus on the tips I list here to find her :)

      Let me know how it goes.

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      Jack 5 years ago

      Hi,

      She came back! I was awoken at 6am (I'm in the UK) by her cooing outside and now she's sleeping, obviously catching up on the sleep she lost whilst gone for a day and a half.

      To answer your question; yes she is spayed. She has no dirt on her claws, but came home incredibly hungry, which leads me to presume she was locked in a garage or shed before escaping. Either way, I'm happy to have my little bundle of joy back.

      Thank you.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That is great news Jack, I am so pleased she is home and well. These are the kind of stories that give other people hope when they read them because their own cats have gone missing.

      Thanks for the update :)

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      Hi..

      My almost one year old kitty boy got away 4 days ago. He's an orange tabby, he's been fixed and he's an indoor only cat. The front door wasn't shut all the way and the wind blew it open and I haven't seen him since. I've followed all the advice but I'm going crazy with worry. A neighbor said she heard meowing around my door 2 nights ago so I spent almost all night last night watching and listening for him. There are a few strays in my area so it may not have been him but I'm trying to stay positive.. Will cats come back every couple nights meowing or did miss my chance to bring him back?

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jordan, be patient, even though he has been kept as an indoor cat, he knows where his home is and is most likely enjoying his adventure right now. Just wait for another week or more before panicking too much. It is very likely he will come home on his own, but you could also borrow a cat trap from your local rescue charity and bait it up overnight as an alternative. One year old is the age they WANT to start adventuring, (fixed or not) so expect him to be gone a good few days. My male cats were both fixed, and the one I still have (sadly the other got killed) often goes missing for a week or more. Worrying, but he does come home happy as can be :)

      Good luck and let me know how you get on :)

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much, i won't lose hope!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good luck, do let me know when he turns up again :)

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      No luck yet, Ive seen three strays but none were him. I live in an area with a bunch of condos and people and cars. There's so many places he could've gone or hidden. It's just so hard worrying and not knowing. This was my first cat (I thought I was only a dog person having had them my whole life) but this cat quickly changed my mind and stole my heart.

      Still keeping faith...

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don't fret Jordan, it is still early days and there is every chance he will come back in a matter of days. I was always a dog person too, but cats are equally great once they get into your hearts :)

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      Still no kitty..

      It's rained the last couple days nonstop and I can't help but think the worst. My family isn't supportive or understanding of how devastated and worried I am. Itd be nice to have someone around to reassure me of the positive things. I tend to focus on the negative. But I know there's a reason for everything.

      I will never stop hoping he will find his way back home.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Try not to worry too much yet Jordan. Cats are very good at finding shelter in the rain, whether it is under parked cars or in shrubs and bushes. There is still an excellent chance he will return any day now. Some cats are gone for two weeks or more and still turn up unscathed.

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      Jordan 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. I can't express my gratitude for you helping me and advising me to stay positive. Thank you again!!

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are very welcome Jordan. If only they knew how much we worry about them eh! He is no doubt off out there having a ball, completely oblivious to how much you are worrying. :)

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      I lost my cat 4 days ago. She got out through our back door into an alleyway. She's gotten out before but always came back when we called her. We've even intentionally let her out keeping a close eye and then called her back in...

      But now she slipped out without anyone knowing and has been gone 4 days. She's a beautiful pure-bread Tonkinese and is extremely friendly and adventurous. That's what worries me. Did she get stuck somewhere? Did someone take her? How could nobody not notice such a cat?

      I've been searching day and night and have put up posters everywhere. I'm just devastated by her disappearance. I just love this cat so much.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I do hope she comes back Andrew, four days is not long in a cats world and they can be gone for weeks at a time. My main concern in your case would be that she would be a popular target for thieves, especially as she is friendly. I do hope this is not the case though and that she soon returns home alive and well.

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      Thanks Misty. It's been now 6 days and still no sign. I think you're probably right that someone stole her. Or someone took her in and is turning a blind eye.

      It's really been a difficult time but I've started to accept that she's probably not coming back. Life must go on and I can only hope that she's safe and not suffering.

      Thanks for having this site. It made me feel better to read other peoples comments and see how that they're just as attached to their animals as I am. I will definitely come back and give an update if my cat returns.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I hope she does still come back Andrew. It would be great if you can post here and say you got her back again.

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      Andrew 4 years ago

      Misty, we found our cat! After almost exactly 7 days, Jinxi is back home. She's skinny and filthy but otherwise just perfect :) She's just purring and eating.

      She was found about 4 blocks away. Someone saw my poster outside their door and also heard a cat moewing nonstop outside their window. They made the connection, brought her in and gave me a call. I can't even express how happy I am!

      There was a not a lamp post in a 6 blocks radius that didn't have a poster of my cat. In the end, that's what helped bring her home.

      For anyone else who's going through this struggle, keep your hope alive. If this little cat can make it, so can yours.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Andrew, that is brilliant news I am so pleased for you and really appreciate you coming back here to post the update :)

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      Butler 4 years ago

      My two kittens are now 7 months old we got them at 4 months old and we recently let them out on thursday night onoe of them went out for hours in till friday and came back crumpy and un approcachable and now the other one has gone in the space of four hours and I've searched everywhere for her it is strange and i've been beind the house, in the garden looking and no sign of her. got no idea where she has gone and is worried

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Just be patient, they have to go out sooner or later, and often when they do it is for two or three days. Relax, she will no doubt be back soon (I hope you have them spayed though as at 6 months old they are mature and could be out looking for a mate).

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      Sharniie 4 years ago

      Hi, my cat had an accident on Wednesday 14th November 2012 at around 21:00 p.m. It caused a head injury, my mum says when she saw him the next morning as he did not return that evening, his right eye was closed and had blood running down his right cheek and his face was swollen. After my mum saw him she was really scared and worried and came to me and told me what she saw by the time I ran out he'd gone off, she said he was very skittish when she went up to him. Why do you think he went away? It's Friday 16th November now and we haven't seen him since 11 a.m yesterday. Help and advice anyone?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      He is probably shocked by his experience and hence why he ran away. Hopefully he will either find his own way home when he is ready, or someone will find him and take him to a vet or rescue centre. I am relieved he could still run, as that rules out many major injuries, but my concern would be internal bleeding or that he has collapsed somewhere. In your shoes I would get posters up as soon as you can and go out looking for him. Basically follow all the suggestions in this article until you find him and then get him to a vets to be checked over thoroughly.

      Good Luck

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      janet fischer 4 years ago

      my ike has been gone 6 days now have 3 cats there fixed shots i live on a farm there indooroutdoor they always come back ike siamize sp? has been gone for 6 days i'm very worried something has happened what can i do

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      All I can suggest is what I have already put in this article. If I had other suggestions I would have also included them above. I sincerely wish you luck and hope your cat is home soon, safe and sound.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I watched a show where they had put cameras on cats to see where they went at night. They go everywhere and many of them have two homes and visit between the homes.

      Our cat does not like extra people in the house so he hides. He always shows up in the morning that's when we comb him out his favorite thing. He's an inside cat. One morning we couldn't find him. We decide he had to be outside. I went on the deck to call him. Finally after a few times I heard a small meaw. He was under the deck scared and had been out in the cold for a long time maybe even overnight. We don’t like him getting outside he could get so scared he would just start to run and end up in the woods. He is so white any of the wild animals around here could see him easily and get him. We have a big gray wolf hanging out on our land a nice white kitty would taste good to him.

      Voted up on your informative hub.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for that moonlake, I can understand why you would be worried about predators catching your cat. We are lucky where we live as we don't have any large predators, only domestic dogs and cats, so the biggest dangers to our cats are dogs or cars.

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      actionbronson 4 years ago

      very useful. The best method is to post up a lot of pictures of your cat with a phone number to contact you.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks for commenting actionbronson, and yes, you are very correct about posting lots of pictures along with your phone number, although I would highly recommend the microchip idea from day one to avoid posting pictures even being necessary (in most cases).

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      SylvianeNuccio 4 years ago

      My cat is an indoor cat with privileges of being allowed to go out under my surveillance.

      I have a harness and a long leach for her, but sometimes I trust her to stick around on the patio while I keep an eye on her. A couple times, though, she has disappeared from my sight and I have panicked like a crazy maniac. When that happens I always ask myself why didn't you put the leach on her?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      My cats would go mad if I did that, and the eldest is now nearly 7 years old and has gone out since he was about four months old. I guess the advantage we have here is that we have no large predators to endanger the cats, and the cats are happy because they love going out and doing what nature intended, (sunbathing, hunting, playing etc).

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      SylvianeNuccio 4 years ago

      Sure the only way cats don't mind a harness is if they are used to this since there were just little kittens. My cats were 8 weeks old when I started, because I didn't want them to be outdoor cats... it's never good news in the end. Been there and done that when I was living with my parents. But at the same time I didn't want them not to enjoy the outdoors. So the harness is perfect!

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi SylvianeNuccio, I guess it depends on where you live. Although (against all odds) I lost two cats due to road traffic accidents, over the years I have had a number of cats who have had perfectly happy lives coming and going as they pleased in the 'great outdoors'. Whether they simply sunbathed, climbed trees, visited neighbours or went out hunting rats, mice and rabbits. They simply couldn't have done this on a harness and it just isn't a natural existence for them not to be able to roam freely (I am an ex-veterinary assistant). I believe in quality of life over quantity in all honesty (my cats mostly still lived to ripe old ages in spite of going outdoors unsupervised), but I do appreciate that in rural locations in other countries there could be a risk of larger predators killing the cats (although at least cats can climb trees and escape from many dangerous predators).

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      Kathryn 4 years ago

      Mocha is a blue point Siamese that my 2 young kids a the time found in the back ravine of our house. He was so skinny and tired and we let him in on our back porch. I think he slept for 2 days. His front claws had been clipped too short but he had normal back claws. We tried to find an

      owner with posters and visits to animal shelters but to no avail. So we kept him. At the time the Vet thought he might have been 2 or 3....it is now 20 years later and he has lost his sight and maybe his awareness.. but the coolest thing is that my son came home from California after a year being gone from the house and Mocha shows up the day he arrives. He stayed around for the 6 days that Joe was here and has since disappeared a few days after he left. We have 10 inches of snow on the ground so not thinking the best. Joe was so happy that he was able to say his goodbye. So he leaves us without knwong where he came from and not knowing where he ended up.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      How sad, and yet a heartwarming tale Kathryn. I hope he does turn up again so that he can end his days with the people that love him so much. At least if he doesn't you know you gave him a wonderful life.

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      Ganesh 4 years ago

      my indoor male cat about 1 year old has missed on sun that is 2 days back with one outdoor male cat. I have searched al niegbourhood house & all places where this is going in nights. but till now both are not returned to house. I have informed to neighborhood house , till not found.I have searched in nights also but no clues.Please advise how I can be find out these 2 cats, and whether this will come home

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Ganesh, I really hope your cats turn up at home on their own (which they probably will). Unfortunately all my advice on how to find missing cats is already in this article, and this is why I wrote it. I hope that being with a second cat that is already familiar with your outside area will result in both being okay and the more experienced cat will effectively teach the other cat what being outside is all about.

      Good Luck

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      Ganesh 4 years ago

      Hi,

      out door male cat has already come to my house after 10 days of missing.But indoor male cat about 1 year old still not yet come , I could not able to find out near my house about 1 km radius.Out door cat after taking full foods going out about 6 PM come back next day morning for food.This cat also searching in my house rooms to confirm whether it comes or not & then vanished.I tried to chase this cat where it will go , but could not able to chase is very difficult.Any suggestion to find out where it is in door cat hiding.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Ganesh, try searching in sheds or outbuildings if there are any nearby. Also try looking up trees in case he has panicked and climbed one and got stuck. Don't forget to follow the suggestions in this article like putting up 'lost cat' flyers and calling local rescue centres and vet's surgeries to see if he has been taken to one of them injured.

      Good Luck and I hope you are both reunited soon.

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      tosh 4 years ago

      hi, i hope you can aswer our problem? my 7 year old cat was attacked today by my daughters first visit with her dog. the dog is a heinz 57 and has a bit of terrier in him. i had to physically wrench the dogs mouth open to release its grip on my cats rear leg. our cat disappeared up the garden and has not returned for 7 hours. its about to snow and he hasn't eaten. will cats find a retreat to recover? will he eventually return or will the experience make him leave? we have had him and his brother since kittens.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hard question to answer Tosh as it depends largely on the individual cat's personality. Finding shelter isn't an issue though, as they will shelter under cars, in garages, sheds etc. There is however every chance he will come back home, but when he does I suggest the next introduction to your daughter's dog is done in a controlled way, such as having the dog in a pet carrier in the same room for some time so your cat can approach him and not feel so threatened. Also try to get both a DAP and a Feliway Diffuser in advance of the introductions as these will calm down and relax both the dog and your cat and give them a 'feel good' factor when in the relevant room.

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      Tosh 4 years ago

      Thanks for your posting. Update on my cat. He eventually returned home about 10 hours after the attack. He spent the next day hiding and sleeping in our house. Next day he ventured out and returned from our garden. He is not limping but his tail and rear leg has ruffled fur where he was held by the jaws of the dog. Possibly bruising and soreness may have happened. he does not limp but does complain if i touch his tail/leg. The attack was so sudden and unprovoked, I guess my daughters dog just doesn't like cats, Separation will definitely be done in the future.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Really pleased your cat returned home okay. Keep an eye on his tail as if the dog potentially broke it you my end up needing to go to a vet in case any of the tail has to be removed to due it dying off. If your cat is still carrying it normally it is probably okay, but if he appears to lose any usage of it, or any sensation, then get him checked out. Glad though that he did feel happy enough to come home again, and hopefully as you say it is just a few bruises and some soreness.

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      Cindy Lawson 4 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      The harness is not a bad idea, but it still deprives the cats the enjoyment of the true outdoors, such as climbing trees, falling asleep for hours at a time in the sunshine, chasing leaves blowing around in the wind etc etc. It isn't just about the being outside, it is about them being free to play around and exhibit natural behaviour, be it jumping up on to fences, rolling around play fighting with their feline friends in the dirt, chasing butterflies, stalking small rodents etc etc. The leash only allows them to experience a tiny part of the enjoyment of getting out of the house. Cats know where they live, and naturally they will vanish off elsewhere, sometimes for days at a time, but mostly they will happily return home and sleep for a day or two afterwards. Sometimes they will choose to come and go throughout the day, the important thing is that you don't panic, and allow them to have a full quality of life as nature intended. The only exception to this would obviously be if you were in a very dangerous area for cats, such as by a very busy road, or an area full of gangs who might inflict some kind of cruelty on your pet should they come across it.

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      Hannah 3 years ago

      If you Happen to have some of the cats litter still in the box you can put it out in the woods so if the cat is lost the scent may help him find his way home

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      Mike 3 years ago

      I have had my cat for about 5 years. 1 of my 4 cats is pretty skidish and she usually goes outside for a little bit but she doesn't venture far at all. When we get home in the evening we let all of our cats out for a little while and then before bed we gather them up before we go to sleep. Well last night we gathered them all up but my Cat (Cali) who is usually the one that stays closest to the house is missing. I'm worried because this is very unlike her. She is very dependent on my wife and I. All my other cats were right outside but Cali was nowhere to be found. I spent two hours walking all around our apartment complex and I couldn't find her or hear her anywhere,and the neighborhood was very quiet. I have noticed over the last few days that she was venturing across the street (not a high traffic street) which is the farthest I have ever seen her go. My Wife and I were surprised to see her go that far. I'm worried. It has been a long 24 hours I cannot sleep and I'm having anxiety. I have done several foot searches and nothing. Any suggestions?

      Thanks,

      Mike

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Mike, I am so sorry to hear this. You and your wife must be worried sick about her. My first thoughts are that she may have been picked up by somebody else if she is a fairly tame cat, but of course there is also the possibility she has been hit by a vehicle and taken to a vets, rescue centre etc. If she is microchipped they should call you, but if not you will have to start calling the vets and rescue centres yourselves. Also try knocking on your neighbour's doors to see if they saw her or if they have seen anything happen to her. Other than this the only things I can suggest are already contained within this article as I wrote it for situations exactly like the one you find yourselves in now.

      I sincerely hope she simply comes back on her own unharmed. Do let me know if she does.

      Good Luck

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      Alan 3 years ago

      (just noticed that hub from Mike, just hope he found his cat, although I notice that it was 8 months ago)

      Just found this great article about lost cats Cindy, Since I got married I have had 3 cats, Topsy from 1982 to 1992, she disappeared. From 1995 to 2013 my daughter was given a cat which we called Oscar, my daughter tagged Oscar with a name caller, just as well, Oscar disappeared when she was 8 months old, we got a phone call from a man who found her wandering about in a village 2 miles away from where we live, he found her in deep snow. After that she only wandered away, at the most for 3 days Oscar died on 21 March 2013 and is buried in my garden

      2 months after Oscar died, my sister gave me one of her sons cats, his name is Eeshan, he has been neutered and only goes as far as the garden gate, for some strange reason, last summer he was sniffeling around Oscars grave, I think he sensed that there was something under the ground

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      almorr 3 years ago

      Hi Cindy, just found this article about missing cats, I have had 3 cats over the last 40 years or so, the longest living was Oscar, she was born in 1995 and died on 21 March 2013, she is buried at the foot of our garden. The only cat that got lost was Oscar when she was 8 months old, luckily my daughter had put a name tag on her, we got a phone call from a man who found Oscar in a village 2 miles away. My sister gave me a cat named Eeshan 2 months after Oscar died, one of her sons 2 cats. Eeshan is neutered and only goes a far as the garden gate, strangely enough Eeshan is always sniffeling around Oscars grave, I think he senses that there is something under the ground.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Alan, I can tell you are definitely a cat lover like I am. It is so hard when they go missing because you worry yourself sick about them. Equally when they die it is heart breaking. A friend of mine had four cats up until about 5 weeks ago, then the oldest one had to be put to sleep. Within a month one of her others also got taken ill (it had medical problems already) and had to be put to sleep last week. She is in a total mess right now and cries all the time. It is bad enough to lose a cat at all, but to lose two in such a short space of time is devastating.

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      Alan 3 years ago

      Hi Cindy, you notice I wrote two hubs, when I finished the first one and posted it a notice came up "error, failure" so I wrote the second one, and lo and behold you got two!! computers have a mind of their own.

      Regards, (I hope you are settling in on your new house)

      Alan

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol Alan, yes computers are funny things.

      Things are going well in our new house too thank you. We are pretty well settled in now :)

      Catch up soon

      Regards

      Cindy

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      Miss Zuma 3 years ago

      Hi, guys. My female cat is missing too. She had been missing for more than 6 days already. She is spayed. And this is the fourth time she had been missing. The first three, she was missing the entire day and gone back home at night.

      At first, I thought it was normal as it was her fourth. When she hadn't been back the second day , I started searching for her. By the fourth day, I was crying non stop from morning to afternoon. I searched the wood twice that day . Later on I asked the neighbours from house to house. One of them saw her running away to the bushes on the second day she was missing. The house is about less than a kilometre away from ours but she never wandered that far before. Later that evening, I tried calling her name and even try again after sunset.

      The next day, I went to search for her in the orchard at the area she was last seen. But still no sign at all. But I found there were several sheds suitable for shelter. And few neighbors there have cats as well.

      I tend to think that maybe she was somewhere there because the orchard was huge. And there were no dogs and rarely a car. It's a countryside with houses less than 30. And lots of people have cats and I never heard any of them get eaten by the crocodile. We live near a river with crocodiles but I never see them basking in the sun.

      My dad and I already informed all the neighbours and I even showed pictures of her to them. Somehow, I became famous for being a girl panicking over the missing cat and they promised they'll let us know if they see her.

      Due to my work, I only come home at weekends. So, I was actually not feeling that well but I tried to be strong, convincing myself that she'll be back soon safe and sound.

      When I came upon this site, I was actually relieved to know that it's quite normal for cats to be lost for weeks. It really gives me hope. Thanks!

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Miss Zuma,

      Thanks for telling us your story. If only these cats knew how much we worry over them eh! I really hope your little girl will come home soon. It is very likely she is just off having fun, but before you know it she'll wander into your house expecting to be fed and behaving like she was only gone an hour.

      Do let us know if and when she comes home again.

      Good Luck

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      hi everyone my little boy Giacomo who is 18 months went missing on sunday night and still hasn't returned. I feel sick with worry as he does not really go far just a few metres away. I have searched the streets for him without any luck. He is a very nervous cat and I am the only person he will come to. He has been neuturd and is also chipped. Is there still plenty of time for him to come home ? Im missing him like mad and the not knowing is makin me feel sick.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Rachel78 , there is still plenty of time for him to return home, but if he isn't home in a day or two I would start phoning around and following the other advice in this article. Do let us know if you get him back safely and how it comes about.

      Good Luck

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      Miss Zuma 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot mistyhorizon2003. Yesterday, I was driving for 7 hours to my workplace which is situated about 300km away from where my cat was missing. And I was constantly thinking of her. But upon reading about other's experiences of missing cats, I was relieved and somehow very helpful. At least, I could work and live on.

      At first, I was thinking of converting her into an indoor cat when she comes back home. Upon reading yours, I agree that quality of life is much more important than quantity.

      I forgot to mention that I have 7 cats including her. I started with 2 - Mary, a heavily pregnant cat and Sylvester, her 9 months old son. Then, a week later, Mary gave birth to three kittens, Mong Mong, Sunny and Ibiep (the missing cat). Ibiep, though the youngest, was always the first to learn anything new, like the first to jump out of her box, the first to sleep with me under the blanket and so on. The place that I resided at that time (Kanowit) was too much a risk for a cat to be run over by moving vehicles, so I kept them all indoor for the first year of their life. After that, when I went back home in Kuching, I let them roam free but after a feline panleukopenia virus caused the death of her two younger siblings, Poppy and Johnny, I was really cautious when we were at home.

      Then, her wandering begins. While still living in Kanowit, she was missing for more than 8 hours only for me to find her trapped in our neighbour house. Then, she went missing again, trapped in the same house again. So, I put all of them under a 'house arrest'. Only going out with me, mainly looking after her while the others playing happily but still in my vicinity.

      At one time, when I was on the phone for 5-10 minutes, she was nowhere to be seen. Imagine that! I found her on top of the water tower refusing to answer my calls.

      Then, my parents decided to live in countryside where I had a small cottage-like house. And I can't live in Kanowit anymore, and I have to share a house with a colleague. So, I after spending 2 months with them in the countryside with no problems at all, I decided to let them live with my parents there because:

      1) Almost no traffic. Most of the neighbours use motorcycles.

      2) Huge yard for roaming with trees and lots of things the cats could enjoy with understanding neighbours. Though my cats are afraid of strangers.

      It was heartbreaking at first, but as you said, they are happier living there. Every time I'm back, they're happy to see me too. Watching them climbing trees, patrolling the woods is very comforting and rewarding. For the past 4 years, they've been an indoor cats.

      And then, the real wandering years for Ibiep has come. I think she likes outdoors too much, and while in Kuching I did allow her to be free, there were too much things like cars, people, kids. So, she always spend her time in the attics sleeping. And at night, I didn't let her out.

      Maybe now she found a place she loves so much she can't stop exploring. It's been 7 days already, but I'm still hopeful. And I'm considering of microchipping all of them. Oh, in case you guys are wondering, I'm from Sarawak, Malaysia.

      For all cats' owner like me missing their cat, let us don't lose hope. Our cats will be back soon. They're just not ready yet to be back home. They are having the time of their life, but we are hitting rock bottom. So ironic, LOL.

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      Miss Zuma 3 years ago

      Hi, Misty.

      I'm wondering if my cat would travel more than 300km to our former house? It's not like I abandoned her because I went back every weekend and she's been staying at the countryside for almost 3 months. Not to mention I had moved our belongings to the present house that are full of stuff with the cats' smells.

      It's been 8 days already though I'm still hopeful that she will come back on her own. And one of my neighbor saw her on the second day. I've been reading on psi-trailing so I'm afraid she travel that far to look for our former house. Though this is her fourth time missing, and the first three, she came back on her own.

      Comparing her life at our former house and the present, she is much happier with the present because she was allowed to roam freely, the surrounding is great for cats, and minimum distraction and danger i.e. almost no traffic, kids and strangers. Our yard is huge and we have woods nearby.

      Miss Zuma

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It isn't impossible she has headed back to her original home so might be worth putting up some fliers there just in case. As she has come back to your current home more than once however, I suspect she is less likely to have headed back to her former home.

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      Miss Zuma 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot Misty. I don't think so either. But I need confirmation from someone to ease my mind.

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      Thanks misty. I got 300 flyers done and posted them yesterday and today. No news of yet though and gettin more and more worried.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Well done Rachel178, give it time, at least the fliers are now out there for people to see. This is a worrying time for you I know (I have been there too). Let me know any updates.

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      Yes I will do thanx.

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      Hi misty my Giacomo still hasn't come home it will be two weeks tomorrow he has been missing. I have done everything I possibly can e.g posters on lamp posts flyers through doors local radio and missing pet sites. I am now feeling physically and mentally drained. Do you think a cat trap outside his favourite bush outside my house is worth a try? Im gettin desperate now and missing him terribly.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Rachel,

      At this point I would consider anything worth a try, so yes, in your shoes I would try the cat trap, although warn your neighbours in case they want to keep their own cats in for a night or two in order to make sure you don't accidentally catch their cats by mistake.

      I really hope this works for you.

      Good luck

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      I was going to check the trap every hour during the night just in case it catches anyone elses. I wont get no sleep but I don't care just want him home.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Good thinking, although it will be tiring for you. Let me know how you get on.

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      almorr 3 years ago

      I do hope you find your cat soon. He may have found a female companion, however, when he gets hungry he will return home, yes try the cat trap.

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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      Ive tried the trap I borrowed one from my local cats protection. It certainly attracts the cats when theres food in it and I have caught quite a few that I have never seen before just not my little boy. Its been three weeks today he dissapeard at what point do I say enough is enough though? My life has been on hold for three weeks I don't eat properly sleep properly he's on my mind 24/7.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      So sorry to hear this Rachel, perhaps you should give yourself a break now and see if he just turns up on his own in the coming weeks. I have known of cats who go missing for months and still turn up again so maybe he is just off on an adventure somewhere, equally you should prepare yourself for the unfortunate possibility that he has been in an accident, or has perhaps adopted a new owner.

      Don't give up hope, just move on for now and keep your eyes and ears open just in case.

      I really hope you are able to get in touch with good news at some point in time.

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      Miss Zuma 3 years ago

      Hi, Misty.

      I just want to inform you that my cat has return home on the evening of 24th February after almost a month being missing. Yeay! Sorry it took me more than two weeks to tell you the good news.

      Truthfully, I thought that it would be unlikely to see my cat again but I never gave up. I keep on praying and hoping even though there were no sighting of her at all.

      But sometimes miracle do happen when you keep on believing :)

      To Rachel, don't give up yet. It's a struggle, I know. Sometimes I cried myself to sleep. Sometimes I kiss her goodnight by kissing her pic in my phone. That's how bad I miss her. And hoping is the only way for me to go on.

      When I'm down, I thought of the day she was still with me. The memories. I refused to be depressed, and keep going on with lives. I suggest you do that too. Cause that's the only way for us from having a mental breakdown.

      As it is with my cat, I'm sure yours will find his way back too. Mine was so skinny she gorged up everything my dad offered her. In two weeks she was almost back to normal. Now, she rarely leave the house. I think she was traumatized by her experience away from home. Both my dad and I thought that she might sneaked in people car and dropped off too far from home. Thank God, she found her way home safely.

      And thanks so much Misty and all the person in this hub for your support and inspiring stories. At least I know I'm not alone.

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      Cindy Lawson 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am so delighted for you Miss Zuma, what wonderful news. It just goes to show there is always hope. Thanks so much for letting me know. :)

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      Fluff 2 years ago

      My kitty is in my house I heard her Jingle, looked everywhere and dat creepy door keeps closing (Our room door automatically closes). GRR :O

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol, at least she is safe and just hiding Fluff :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Robin our barn cat is still missing. He left on friday 8th August and we have not seen him since. He climbs better than most squirrels and comes down the same way. He seemed to have got annoyed with our Border Collie and left.

      We have had no trace despite following your advice not at a shelter or vets no sign of dead bodies etc. Do you think he could be on a major journey? He had previously left for a maximum of 5 days.

      I have several Hubs about him and lots of pictures. He arrived as a 7 or 8 week old feral full of worms and fleas and was 2 years and 6 months when he left. We do have a large lake and a lot of forest around here as we are in Nova Scotia. I still feel like he is alive somewhere! The thing is where and how to get him home?

      He has brought back mice, chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits, but does not like birds. The problem is if he followed these he could be miles away in thick forest by now. One neighbour found one of his cats on the deck 7 months after he left as right as rain and just wanting a cuddle as if he never left!

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am sorry to hear he still isn't home Dressage Husband. Hopefully he will still turn up in the weeks or months to come, but there is always the unfortunate possibility he either came to some harm and died where he would be unlikely to be found, or that someone else took him in and he has stayed with them, maybe even moved away with them to another part of the country. Never give up hope though as cats often vanish for months, even years and still return home eventually.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I just have a feeling he is still out there somewhere and may yet come back odd isn't it?

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I do hope you are right, and keep hoping he will return. Having hope is better than giving up on him. Trust your instincts. Do let me know if he returns.

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      arlan 2 years ago

      Hi, I took our outdoor stray cat that's been coming to my home every day for past year and half to Hospital due to a would on his left eye. He jumped and ran outside. He Was in the hedges in next door Church for 30 mins very scared, then ran away.

      The vet is 6.5 miles from our home. He's pretty familiar with our block and goes to a few houses. Multiple households are very sad. I posted around via flyers, craigslist, local newspaper website. It's been 4 days. What all I can do for his safe return? Can he find his way back ?

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      To be honest Arlan the chances are pretty good. We had a cat escape from a vets in the car park under similar circumstances and he returned home within three days (much to our relief). He wasn't even hungry so had fed himself well whilst he was missing. I hope he turns up soon.

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      Arlan 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for vote of confidence. It's been 5 days already. Do you know how far the vet was from your home? What other steps I can take for his safe return ?

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      No problem. the vets was about five miles from our home across territory the cat had never been to before, yet he still navigated his way home okay. All the advice I can offer for his safe return is already in this article I'm afraid, but following it should help if he is within five miles or so of where you live. Good luck.

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      My 10 months male cat is been missing from two days and am worried so much am in nigeria lagos which its not my country he had been here from 7 months he used to go night and come back at 1 or 2 am but that night he didn't come back he had no microchip or a collar i've been asked many neighbors i hope he come back soon its the first time my cat don't sleep at home he always come when he is hungry what should i do i swear he is the most important thing to me piece of my heart....

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry to hear this Sarah. All you can do is follow the suggestions in this article, and if you get your cat back make sure you get him microchipped immediately to prevent this happening again. Good luck and I really hope he comes home soon. Two days is not long by the way, and he is at an age he will begin to venture further from home. If you haven't done so already please get him castrated to prevent him impregnating females and producing unwanted kittens. This will also help reduce his desire to wander off for long periods of time ( which also puts him in greater danger from cars, fights, diseases etc).

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      Thx a lot but in this. Country its hard to find a doctor and i don't know enough about the microchip plz can u explain it for me and if its can help me in this country plz plz

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Any vet can put in a microchip . Basically it is a small piece of metal about the size of a grain of rice that is injected under your cats skin. It carries a barcode that can be read by the use of a handheld scanner that vets and rescue centres all have. The procedure is not expensive and takes seconds (in the form of an injection). A collar is another option with your details attached to it, but make sure it has an elastic insert or a safety release clip so your cat cannot get it trapped on a tree branch or similar and hang itself by accident.

      The microchip will only be helpful if your cat is taken to a vets or is found and scanned by a rescue centre. it is not a means of finding a cat by location, but does allow lost pets found by other people to be reunited with their owners.

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      Thx a lot i will do my best to tell u a good news plz if i can contact u in an other way facebook or phone number can help me a lot especially i don't know anything here if something happens with my cat many thx

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      If you have any news please let me know. I don't give out my phone number, but you can always comment here as I check my comments throughout each day. I try to keep Facebook separate from my Hubs too or I would get really overwhelmed by comments from a mixture of friends, family, fellow hubbers and readers of my articles. This way I keep my Hub stuff all in one place.

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      Its ok misty thx a lot i hope my cat will be back soon the first thing i will do after kissing him and hugging him is to tell u :*

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Thanks Sarah, try not to worry, cats of this age often go missing for days at a time whilst they become more adventurous and start looking for romance. Castration would help avoid this, plus keep your cat safer and also stop any urine spraying your male cat makes around your home.Hooe he comes home soon, but don't panic even if he is gone for a week or two (this often happens).

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      Oh i'll be sad u know why am lonely here with my husband my cat is my only friend all day till my husband come back hope he will come back soon when i read these comments i get hope to find back my cat

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Keep the hope going Sarah, male cats do wander off, but they normally come back eventually. Try not to worry too much until he has been missing at least a week or more.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      My cat Robin went missing one morning last August and we have not seen him since. He was 2 years old and had previously gone for a few days at a time. I have a Hub about what happened, honestly I think he is smart enough to survive on his own, but most likely he has been adopted by a distant neighbour, all the local ones have seen him in the past, but not recently.

      He has now been gone 7 months and it has been one of the worst winters on record, however I think he can survive as he is a great climber (he chases squirrels up trees and jumps from branch to branch like them) he even catches some!

      I am hoping that some one did take him in and is feeding him, each time he came back from his trips he was fine and well fed. This may have been in part due to his hunting skills, but I suspect he wraps a few neighbours that have cats around his paw! They are not admitting this to me!

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Lol Dressage Husband, so true that cats can wrap people around their little paws. I regularly have over 6 cats on my windowledge, only three of which are mine ( the last one an adoptee that kept coming back after her owner moved away so we finally agreed to keep her). They are natural survivors and exploit the opportunities they encounter. Honestly I hope your cat returns one day, but in the meantime he is probably curled up on someone's lap enjoying their hospitality.

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      Sarah ghazzawi 2 years ago

      Madame misty good news they found my cat now he's home he was near the house in a family house he went there maybe he didn't found way back home thx a lot for giving me hope to see him again

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      Cindy Lawson 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Excellent news Sarah, so pleased to hear it. Thanks for letting me know

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      annie settles 22 months ago

      My cat milo has been missing five days now hes twelve years old and hasn't been feeling well this is the first time he has been gone this long he always have came back a few hours later but now hes missing I even checked the local shelter do u think he will find his way back home

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      Cindy Lawson 22 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      There is every chance that he will and 12 is far from old for a cat. don't give up hope just yet, some cats go missing for weeks and still turn up at home.

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      currieiain 11 months ago

      Hi! We have a young female cat/kitten - around 9 or 10 months old. We had her spayed and chipped at 6 months old.

      She started venturing outside shortly after that, and although not a particularly needy cat, she always came back inside every hour or so at least for some reassurance - literally coming in for a hug and then heading out again. We last saw her between 9&10pm (we live in the UK) on the 5th of April. She has now spent 2 full days and 3 nights outside.

      We have put out flyers to the streets surrounding ours, put some posters on lampposts, been into the local vets and been very active on facebook but so far nothing! We're also leaving food and some used litter outside our door and walking around the area rattling one of her toy balls.

      From your experience does this sound like a typical adventurous cat going further afield or could she be stuck somewhere?

      We're all worried sick and have been out searching ever since she disappeared.

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      currieiain 11 months ago

      Hello!

      Our cat/kitten is a 9 or 10 month old female who was spayed and chipped at 6 months. She started venturing outside shortly afterwards but only ever going very short distances - our back garden, the neighbours garden occasionally. Recently it would appear she is going even further afield, but again, usually close enough to hear us calling her. She's not particularly needy when at home, but when she leaves the house she's only ever gone for an hour tops, coming home for reassurance and a hug (literally!) and then popping out again.

      This was the case on Tuesday the 5th of April, and we last saw her at around 10pm. She wasn't home when we went to bed so we left her usual window open but she didn't turn up, and sadly hasn't been seen since.

      We have been out every evening since, searching the streets, flyering the streets around ours and putting posters on lampposts. We have been to the vets and there's been nothing reported and been very active on facebook with varies organisations putting out posts on our behalf. We leave food and some used litter outside in the hope that she picks up the scent too.

      We're getting more and more concerned about her wellbeing - hoping she will find her way home as soon as possible but the thought of her being locked up somewhere is horrible!

      Does this sounds like typical behaviour for a cat like her or should we prepare for the worst? In my searches I've come across loads of cats I've never seen before but not her!

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      Cindy Lawson 11 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      It is very possible she has simply reached the age where she has decided to go off exploring currieiain. 6 months seems to be a bit of a milestone age where cats are concerned, and it is often at this sort of age they begin vanishing for days at a time. At 9 or 10 months old your cat just may be a bit of a late developer. Of course it is possible she has got herself shut in somewhere, but hopefully that isn't the case. She may just have gone walkabout, in which case she could be gone a week or two and still turn up safe and sound like nothing has happened. Try not to worry too much until she has been gone at least a week. Good luck and I hope she comes home safe soon.

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      Maichen 9 months ago

      I would be so happy Misty if you would answer this. We live in the country so our cats are always free to roam. 1 day ago my 3 year old, male, neutered cat was outside at night and I was letting him in, but I realized it was summer and instead of meowing in the middle of the night to go outside, I thought he should just stay out (he has done this many times before) and enjoy the summer weather. The next morning, I was feeding the cats and realized that my 3 year old cat was not there! I called for him all day and looked everywhere even in the woods (I live in Indiana) and there was no sign of him. This morning I got up very depressed because of this tragedy and went out to look for him -- still no sign. Please help me come up with a solution, he had been acting fine so I don't know what could have happened. He never wanders off, he is one of those cats that likes to stick to your side and go where ever you go or he is usually sleeping on some ones bed. I have two other cats and they have been missing him so much. Please help me.

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      Karla 8 months ago

      My 10 yr old cat Zora has been missing for 22 days. She did this before for 5 days. Her last break out was a ride UNDER our truck!! We drove 20 miles and then learned she hitched a ride under the spare tire! Now she is gone again..we don't know if it were on foot or under our truck again. She was outside daily in our last home..for 6 yrs she came home everyday. I miss her soo much. Hung fliers everwhere...numerous social media posts...reward offered...Nobody has spotted her. I just need positive input to keep hope that she will come home.

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      Alyssaa 7 months ago

      My ten year old cat has recently gone missing, for almost three weeks now. We live in the country and all four of my cats are allowed outside as they please, and this one cat has gone away for a few days, but never this long. I was recently away from home for a week, and it seems that the person I had watching the house and cats have not seen her at all. I was just wondering if there was anything I could; as she doesn't have a chip or tattoo.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      To all of the last three commenters I apologise for my slow replies. For some reason I didn't get notifications that comments had been posted so that I could reply to you sooner.

      All I can say is don't give up hope. Cats frequently go missing for many weeks, sometimes even months at a time and still turn up at home safe and well, apparently oblivious to the worry they have caused to their owners. Sadly there are occasions where the mystery is never solved and we never get to find out if our cats simply found a new home elsewhere or if they came to some harm and were never discovered. At the moment my advice would be to wait it out and in the meantime try to get local radio stations to mention and describe your missing cat. Fliers are a good idea as is putting up posts on social media etc. The more you get the word out the more likely you are to get feedback from people who may have seen your cat.

      Good luck to all of you.

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      Prema 7 months ago

      My kitty of 3 months old has gone missing since Saturday 30th July and its already 5th of August.. We've been thinking that my neighbour might have stolen it and either dumped it somewhere or gave it someone else.. In either case, we are all so very upset at home as it was our baby. We've tried everything..looked for it wherever we could, contacted newspapers and social medias,etc but in vain. Do you think it will be able to get back home please?? It is still so small and vulnerable and moreover, it has not been microchipped yet.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Prema,

      Cats are amazingly good at finding their way home over huge distances, but I must admit 3 months old is very young and I wouldn't expect most cats to begin to go missing for days at a time until they were about 6 months old. All I can say is don't give up hope as he may have just gone on a mini adventure and will turn up in a day or two on his own. Do let me know if he does or if you solve the mystery.

      Good luck

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      Chrissyh 7 months ago

      Hello,

      I'm writing this on behalf of my friend. Her 6 month old female kitten has been missing for 3 - 4 days - she's a very shy cat, scared of absolutely everything and has never wandered far from the house. I can't even go near her when I go over because she would hide. On Thursday afternoon she went missing from my friend's house. Everyone thought she probably got stuck on the roof again, but we didn't hear a meow or see her at all. Fast forward to Sunday and there's still no sign of her. She also has a male kitten around the same age. Unfortunately my friend hasn't micro-chipped or de-sexed both kittens and we fear that the male kitten has been too aggressive towards the female. Is it likely that his aggressiveness cause her to run off or she just wanted to find a suitable mate?

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      Cindy Lawson 7 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      6 months old is the classic age at which cats often begin to go missing for days at a time before turning up at home happy and healthy a week or two later. It is also the age that they tend to reach sexual maturity and end up getting pregnant or if they are males they start coming home battered and bruised as a result of fights with other entire males (sometimes males get killed on the roads because they tend to wander further afield when they are looking for mates). At the moment I would tell your friend not to worry too much, but urge her to get both cats neutered as soon as possible and definitely microchipped (assuming the female does turn up again). If she gets if done immediately it won't matter if the female is pregnant as it would be a very early stage, however if she doesn't do this then she will have to wait until after the kittens are old enough before a vet will spay her.

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      Chrissyh 7 months ago

      Alright, awesome. I will pass this onto my friend. Thank you so much, she's been worried sick for days now. She has expressed to me that she was going to get them de-sexed as soon as she could but then the female suddenly disappeared. Hopefully she'd be back soon. Should we give the female a week to return before we start to panic more about her disappearance?

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      Chloe Stanford 4 months ago

      My cat has been missing for almost 10 weeks, I know he is microchipped and has some pictures up on facebook of him(we only had a few) what are the chances of him still being alive?

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      Cindy Lawson 4 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      There is every chance he is still alive Chloe. Don't give up, some cats go missing for six months or more and still return home.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Morgan, I hope this article does help you to find your missing cat. Good luck

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      Ronnie Corral 2 weeks ago

      My ten-month-old indoor Bombay Kitty got out between Christmas and New Year's. We have spotted her all the way at the end of the cul-de-sac when we live at the beginning. We set traps but people keep sabotaging them I had two traps someone even threw one of them away. She'd been spotted at the end of the cul-de-sac between two different apartments in the back and I think those people were bringing her and feeding her. She also climbs the wall to the trailer park on the other side I haven't gone to look for her for a little while because I'm busy doing things and I've been frustrated since it's been nearly three months that she's been missing. I even had to call the police on those people at the end of the cul-de-sac because I spotted my cat in their house and she's chipped. But they have a black cat which is nothing like mine and the police did not let me accompany them when they went there to inquire about my cat. So they called animal control and they scanned the cat that did not have a chip that's impossible I know she has a chip. The cleverly hit my cat and brought out their own cat to be scanned. I filed a police report regarding the theft of my cat and my trap. So far the only thing I caught in the Trap was a medium-sized possum which I let out but that in horror when I saw it. Had difficulty using the Trap. When I reset it it's too tight and now it won't open and close it's only open. I'm getting ready to hire somebody to try and catch her for me because I'm so frustrated I miss her terribly.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry to hear of your situation Ronnie. The problem you are always going to have with cats is that they choose where they want to live, and if someone is feeding them somewhere else and paying them lots of attention, then there is every chance they will simply choose to spend their time there. I see this again and again, but unless the other person is refusing to let the cat out of their house, therefore making it a prisoner, then I doubt the law can, or will, do much about it. All you can do is try to catch your cat when she is out and then keep her as a house cat in order to prevent her going back to the other people's home. It is that or move house I am afraid, and even then cats have a habit of finding their way back again. One of our cats actually belonged to a former neighbour, but when he moved away the cat came back to our house from a good few miles away. We got him to collect the cat from us, but four days later she was back again. In the end he was worried she would get killed by a car if she tried it again, so we agreed to adopt her from him and still have her two years later.

      Good luck with your predicament, but it isn't going to be an easy problem to fix, and at the end of the day if does sound like your cat has made a choice that you have little say in.

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      KokoAndMidnight 2 weeks ago

      Hi Cindy.

      My male cat Koko is about 9 months old and he's gone missing for 3 days now; he's been neutured. He loves to hunt for rodents. The last time he disappeared was last month for 18 hours then he came back home, he wasn't that hungry. I'm going to knock on my neighbours door tomorrow to check if he's not injured or they locked him in their shed or garage accidentally. I will give them Reward poster as well.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi KokoandMidnight, it is still very early on, and cats at that age can go missing for days at a time. I wouldn't worry too much yet, but it is still worth asking around and putting up posters just in case.

      Good Luck.

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      Juli 7 days ago

      Hi Cindy,

      I first and foremost want to thank you so much for the comments regarding allowing our babies to be happy and roam freely. I live in the US and have been badgered and belittled for allowing mine to go outside as if I am a worthless cat owner which by far am not. Matter fact they are my entire life as I don't even have kids.

      I am missing my baby girl for 4 days now and am about to lose it. She was born feral and dropped off on my porch by the mother infested with maggots about 3 days old and pulled through. She had some other minor set backs so the vet opted to wait to spay her. She is approximately 11 months old. She recently went into heat for the first time about 3 to 4 wks ago although I barely knew at first because she was suttle. She may possibly be in heat again as I am almost sure she could not have become pregnant as I was keeping her inside at that time. And actually was trying to keep her inside until I could get her to the vet again but she escaped by biting a hole in the screen of the window. Which is not out unsual for her to try different escape measures ... She even locked me out,once because she climbs up to the door and bites the lock and tries to turn her paws on the door knob! Oh I am missing her so much and have been a mess. There are small patches of woods in front and behind me. I honestly don't think there are coyote where I live. There are feral cats that live in the patch behind me that come to my porch and hang out and eat at night. Unfortunately, I have seen the feral Tomcat around but she is not with him which is what worried me even more (although she has never liked him at all). There have been a few cats in the area that have been missing over the past 6 mon but not sure of those circumstances. One was an intact male that the owner said acted "sick" before he left but then she moved like 2 wks later I believe...yea. Anyhow, I am worried sick. Will a female that is possibly in heat go missing for this long. She did seem to hang out longer hours prior to this and trying to escape more. I guess I'm looking for some hope. I doubt anyone has found her as she does not like people and is timid in that respect. She is an adventurer though. My neighbor swears she saw her with another cat a couple nights ago right in front of,the window she escaped from but I don't think it was her as it is left open for her to get back in. It will be hard because the feral kitties about 5 months old look much like her but she described her well. I have done all that you have recommended both in comments and your article. I guess I am just looking for some kind of hope and maybe your knowledge of a female cat in heat as all my cats that I have ever owned in the past were spayed right away. And again thank you again for not making me feel worse for allowing her to go outside. Yes, I know I should have oted to just have her spayed anyway but I felt the vet would have spayed her right away had he felt comfortable. Her appointment is tomorrow and I still haven't canceled because this all just feels like a nightmare. Thanks again.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Juli,

      Please don't give up hope yet. 4 days is not a long time for cats to go missing, and if she is back in season she could be out searching for a mate. What I would say is that here in the U.K. most vets won't spay a cat that is in season because it increases the risk level of bleeding heavily during surgery due to the blood vessels being far more full of blood. This means if she does come back before tomorrow she may not be able to be spayed anyway until about 6 weeks after she comes out of season again. If she has got pregnant in the last four days it is still possible to spay her, but still has the same risks.

      A cat that is over 6 months old or so often starts to explore their territory, and sometimes go missing for a couple of weeks at a time. Hopefully this is just a case of your baby having decided to explore too. So long as you leave her access to get back into your home I am hopeful she will turn up again. Probably healthy and well, although possibly pregnant.

      Do let me know if she returns to you soon.

      Good luck.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      PS Juli, I should add that cats in season will frequently mate with multiple partners to maximise their chances of success. The litter of kittens they subsequently have can have several different fathers all in the one litter. Your little girl may be sourcing different males which is why she has been gone this many days.

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