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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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      Jagannath 2 days ago

      Thanks a lot, Cindy. Thanks for the positive words - it eases the pain. We are just worried for the struggle she would have to put up.

      Thanks for you help Cindy.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      In my experience Jagannath cats usually do everything they can to find their way to their home if they go missing from a different location. At one year old she is mature, and I have known many cats go missing at around 6 months old that find their way home okay.

      I wish you the best of luck.

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      Jagannath Radhakrishnan 2 days ago

      Hi, Thanks a lot for the article.

      Unfortunately, the collar she was wearing when she got lost didn't have the contact number.

      Actually the day she got lost I had taken her to my work place (around 3 miles away). She was sitting in the window sill, of the fourth-floor building. When I heard a sound, I couldn't find her. Thinking she would have fallen down I immediately went down to check. But I couldn't find her down - calling out her name for a long time.

      This happened two days back.

      Is there a chance of my cat getting back. She is one-year-old kitten actually. And if she will get back - will she get back at my workplace (where I have taken a couple of times) or at my home.

      I am just worried if she is fine - for I couldn't find her near my workplace, so far.

      Thanks for your answer

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      Cindy Lawson 6 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don't Give up yet Dani. Cats sometimes go missing for months at a time and still come home again. By the looks of things your cat has only been missing a few weeks, which isn't a long time for a lot of cats who go missing. Do let me know if she turns up again. I do appreciate her being blind is an additional worry, but you never know, someone may have taken her in and be looking after her. Good luck in your search.

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      Dani Nyvltova 6 weeks ago

      Hello Cindy, Just want to update you that we never found our beloved cat. Thanks for your kind words. We are totally sick and totally devastated. I feel so guilty that I left her on the porch and I will never forgive myself. We looked for her for 10 days non-stop, scanning our whole land. I have given up. Thank you again.

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      Cindy Lawson 2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Oh Dani, I am so sorry for your situation. As someone who has a friend with a completely blind cat I know she would be devastated if she went missing. It isn't easy in your situation to come up with solutions and I am not sure what to suggest. You could try leaving her litter tray outside as well as food in the hope the smell attracts her wherever she may be hiding, but you should also consider the possibility she has fallen prey to a predator depending on where you live, as she obviously has a sensory disadvantage. I really hope you do find her, but in the meantime all you can do is keep searching, contact rescue centres, local radio etc, and post flyers in case she has been stolen or wandered so far that she has encountered people who may have picked her up. Do let me know if you solve the mystery please. Good luck x

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      Dani Nyvltova 2 months ago

      Hi Cindy, I am writing you out of desperation. We run a small cat sanctuary/a cat refuge. A one of our blind, 14 year old female went missing - it is the 6th day today. We live on a big farm and the neighbors are far from us. We are surrounded by fields, bushes and forest. I contacted the closest houses about it. We looked pretty much everywhere, non-stop. Daytime/nighttime. Calling her name, and not calling her name. She is only going on our porch and stays close by, but that day disappeared. I checked on her periodically and when I saw that she is not there, I called her right a way, but she never showed up. Anyhow, in short, we are completely d e v a s t a t e d. Do you have any tips for this specific situation? thank you for your time!

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      Cindy Lawson 3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Tish, so pleased your fur baby came back okay, and I am really happy you liked this article. Our pets are our family, so it is no wonder we worry so much about them when they go AWOL.

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      Tish Garza 3 months ago

      This is an awesome article, very insightful with lots of great ideas to trouble shoot your way thru this stressful time. I recently had my calico missing for 4 days, i was extremely stressed out...i would wake up early calling out her name walk a few house away i. The am and at night. Well, it was my first experience with a cat gone for that many days..

      I checked out the insightful ideas and sure enough..i fit the profile. I had just taken in a kitten which may have been a bit of stress on my calico and also she is getting in her second heat..so odds were against me. I now know how to go about and taking precaustious measure s. If it happens again and im sure it will. Thank you so much for the education.. By the way she came home prancing in 4 days later very very hungry...

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      Cindy Lawson 4 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi ASH, I wish I could advise you on this, but I simply don't know. Where I live there are no Mongoose, and if there were I really wouldn't know if they are a threat to cats, or even if the cats would be scared of them, especially as yours is a Bengal and a pretty tough breed. I would wait a few days before starting to worry too much. Good luck.

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      ASH 4 months ago

      Hey admin , i saw a mongoose on my house terrace for the last 4-5 days and my bengal(breed name) kitten is also missing from that day . is my kitten got scared from the mongoose and ran away or their is another reason behind the missing case of my kitten.

      please help to find my eddu

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      Cindy Lawson 5 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Rhiannon, I wouldn't worry too much after such a short absence, and it is unlikely that your other cat would have done anything serious to her other than the usual noisy, but usually fairly harmless scraps that cats have. She may have been scared and run off, but will probably turn up in a day or two.

      What I would say is that when she does, two things, firstly get her microchipped asap. There really is no excuse not to and it would save a lot of worry if this happened again and she was handed in. Secondly, if you are using a collar on her, then make sure it is a safety release one one with an elasticated insert. Many many cats have hanged themselves accidentally when their loose collars got caught in tree branches and they were unable to escape and were left suspended in the air by their necks until it was too late.

      Good luck and I hope your cat comes home soon.

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      Rhiannon Pearce 5 months ago

      Hi, my kitten has been missing for a day so far shes about a year old. She usually wanders off with her big sister, but currently didn't come back. They don't really get along so im worried that whilst out adventuring she hurt her. She isnt chipped and her collar comes off easily. Im not sure what to do.

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      Cindy Lawson 6 months 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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      Cindy Lawson 6 months 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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      Juli 6 months 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 6 months 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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      KokoAndMidnight 6 months 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 6 months 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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      Ronnie Corral 6 months 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 8 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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      Cindy Lawson 10 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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      Chloe Stanford 10 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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      Chrissyh 13 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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      Cindy Lawson 13 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 13 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 13 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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      Prema 13 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 13 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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      Alyssaa 13 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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      Karla 14 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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      Maichen 15 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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      Cindy Lawson 17 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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      currieiain 17 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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      currieiain 17 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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      Cindy Lawson 2 years 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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      annie settles 2 years 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 2 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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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)

      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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      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)

      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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      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)

      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

      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)

      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

      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)

      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 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)

      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

      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)

      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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      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)

      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

      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)

      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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      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 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

      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)

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

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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 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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      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)

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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)

      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

      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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      Rachel78 3 years ago

      Yes I will do thanx.

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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

      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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 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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      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)

      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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      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)

      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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      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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      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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      Cindy Lawson 4 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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      Mike 4 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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      Hannah 4 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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      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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      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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      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)

      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

      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)

      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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      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, 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

      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)

      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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      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.