How to Find Your Missing Cat

Updated on June 25, 2018
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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.

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.

© 2011 Cindy Lawson

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      99 minutes ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      There isn’t really a set limit Luna. I have known cats go missing for days, months and even years, that still return home eventually. Never give up hope x

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      Luna 

      10 hours ago

      How long can a cat go missing because my cat has been gone for 14 days

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Georgie

      I really hope Rumplestiltskin comes home again one day, and as an outdoor cat he may well have gone ‘walkabout’ for a while. It has been the breeding season, so assuming he hasn’t been neutered he could well be off having liaisons with various females, and may well reappear once the weather cools down again.

      Good luck

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      Georgie 

      2 days ago

      One of my barn cats ( Rumpelstiltskin ) who is super friendly has gone missing and has been gone for a couple months. I keep thinking he will come back but now I'm thinking the worst. Someone might have stolen him..everyone who meets him loves him. He's a real sweetheart who I love dearly. Maybe something really did get him and he's dead. If I put out his favorite food my other cats will eat it. I see so many missing cat papers out and it seems like no one gets their cat back that way.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 days ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Debbie

      Try not to worry too much. Your cat has probably gone off somewhere safe to have her kittens, and cats are pretty good at findng safe places to hide. I expect she will soon bring them home to you once she has given birth and they are old enough to be moved. Do let me know when she comes home.

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      debbie 

      10 days ago

      Help! My pregnant cat who is about 8 months old has been missing for almost two months! i have lot of wooded area around me, I have checked all the sheds etc for her, but no sign. some of the wooded area dangerous to check due to snakes.. When I thought she was closer to delivery I was going to put her inside,but she went missing before I could. Her mom and sibling, who she always snuggle with are still outside. How long will mama cats stay away? I am heartbroken that I didnt put her inside and protect her. Thank you!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I admit that it doesn’t look hopeful after 3 years Aiden, especially if he was taken by a neighbour and has settled in with them. It is better than thinking he has died though. Honestly my advice would always be that if you can’t afford to get your pet microchipped or neutered, then it is best not to take on the pet. Keeping cats and dogs is expensive, but the microchipping and neutering are the very basics you must be able to afford. I also recommend pet insurance from day one, because nothing is worse than not being able to afford the vet’s bill that can save your much loved pets life and having to have it put down as a result.

      Hopefully your cat will return one day (it has happened before after pets have been missing well over a year or more), but if that doesn’t happen, just keep in mind that it is a bad idea to take on a cat or dog unless you can afford them, even if your intentions are good and you have loads of love to give.

      Wishing you a good result and that your cat is safe and well somewhere.

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      Aiden F 

      2 weeks ago

      Any tips on how to find my cat gone for 3 years my mom checked for 6 month's and assume our neighbour hood took him in cause he had no collar microchip and wasnt neutered we could not afford it. I dont like to think he is drad he was smart and etc plus in our neigbourhoid my uncles cat got stolen by thid lady who still lives in the neibourghood he got it back thou.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You should definitely get him neutered Jennifer. Entire males will wander for many miles looking for females, they will end up fighting with other males, and unreceptive females, risking injuries that could become infected, not to mention the risk of being hit by vehicles whilst searching for new mating partners. The other advantage to neutering is he won’t spray to mark his territory which is far more pleasant for all concerned.

      Then of course you have to consider all the unwanted kittens he may be fathering, maybe destined to end up in shelters or in homes that are far from ideal... or worse, on the street unwanted, and possibly producing yet more unwanted kittens.

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      Jennifer 

      3 months ago

      I have a male black cat, not neutered. He left out Friday night and was gone for 9 days. He returned home meowing and ate really good upon his arrival. I thought for sure his 9 lives may have been up because he has came home injured a few times. I'm glad to see him return though, we missed him. I pry should get him neutered :(

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      Elizabeth 

      4 months ago

      Hi Cindy, thank you for your insight. He's a healthy cat, he showed no signs of slowing down or illness. I'm sure there would be at least some signs of fur or struggle, but I haven't found anything. I'm really hoping he comes back or we find him! Thank you!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      4 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Elizabeth, so sorry to hear your elderly cat has gone missing. I don’t live in a place where they have coyotes, but I do know enough to know they will take small cats or dogs in a quick bite, not necessarily leaving any trace as they carry the prey back to where they need it to be. It is worrying that your cat was quite old, therefore maybe less likely to be able to escape. Strangely enough I was only watching a programme last night where a person’s Daschund dog was attacked by a coyote and he caught it on his security cameras. The coyote ran off with his dog, but because the other two dogs chased after it, it dropped the Daschund which ran back onto the house. Sadly it had to be put to sleep at the vets due to a number of serious injuries which included a punctured lung.

      Maybe your cat just knew it was his time to pass, and went off to do it quietly somewhere (as you said, he is quite old)

      I can only hope this is a case where he has just gone walkabout and will find his way home when he is ready.

      Please let me know if your fur baby comes home again. X

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      Elizabeth 

      4 months ago

      My cat has been missing for 4 days now. We have woods right outside our house and I heard coyotes the other day. I've checked the surrounding woods/areas and I found some of what seemed to be coyote footprints, but I haven't seen any scat or fur/signs of struggle. Do you think he's still exploring or did he get scared and get stuck somewhere? He's a pretty old cat, around 14-15 years. He is neutered aswell. I really hope he didn't get caught by anything.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      4 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Joanne, can I ask if he is neutered or entire? If he is entire it isn’t surprising he is missing as he is probably seeking out females to mate with. If not, I still wouldn’t panic, my cat went missing for over 2 weeks when he was under a year old but still turnedup without a care in the world.

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      Joanne 

      4 months ago

      My cat Henry has been missing nearly 2 weeks.. I'm totally gutted. He was last seen last week sneaking into someone's house to eat some cat food.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      4 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Don’t worry too much yet Allie. Depending on where you live in the world, it is spring now, and if she isn’t neutered for any reason this could explain her absence, as she may be looking to mate. Either way, a week isn’t a long time for a cat to be missing, and they generally turn up without a care in the world.

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      Allie 

      4 months ago

      My cat has been gone for a whole week, I live in a neighborhood with many cat colonies and many people tell me they have been looking for her but there have been no sightings whatsoever. I'm really worried and upset.

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      Meaganweeber@gmail.com 

      5 months ago

      My cat ran away with a male cat

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      Cindy Lawson 

      5 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Xavier

      Apologies for not replying sooner, but I have only just seen your comment. I really wouldn’t worry too much about your young cat. 6 months old is the age they do tend to want to explore, and I am sure she won’t stay away for long. Your neighbours daughter is very unlikely to suffer any kind of allergic reaction to the cat unless she is in the same room as it, rather than it being under her house. The rain shouldn’t be an issue either if the cat is under the house, but even outside, many cats seem to quite happily just sit in the rain and make no attempt to shelter from it. See if you can borrow a trap and bait it up next to the access point under your neighbours house. Hopefully when everything goes quiet your hungry kitty will head into the trap for food and get caught. A local animal charity can probably lend you a trap if you contact them. Good luck.

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      Xavier Ocasio 

      5 months ago

      Hi Cindy I am an 11 year old kid who, right now ,accidentally let out his 6 month old kitten while trying to get my other cat. She is under our neighbors house which is a problem because their daughter is allergic to cats. Our other cat went under too, which what we think is her trying to get my kitten. We also tried luring her with wet-food but it didn't work. The worst part is that I live in an area where it is raining right now. Do you have any good advice? because i feel like I'm going to be sick

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      Cindy Lawson 

      5 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I don’t know for sure Marie, I think I hear my cats meow on occasions when they aren’t home, but they still come home afterwards, however I have also known people who have deceased cats that swear they still hear them or feel them jump on the bed at night for sometime afterwards. Hopefully in your case she will come home as per normal.

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      Marie 

      5 months ago

      Why did I hear my cat's meow at home but when I called and search for her she's not at home? I asked my dad and my mum did they hear the same they said yes. Is it our unconscious brain doing it or is it that she's no more and she has come to see us ? Please help!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      6 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      So sorry to hear this Anna, you must be worried sick about him. Hopefully he has just got s bit carried away with the adventure he is having and will still turn up again. When he does try to keep him indoors for a minimum of 2 weeks, or better still 6 weeks so he truly identifies with where his new home is.

      Good luck and please let me know if he turns up safe and well.

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      Anna 

      6 months ago

      My cat has been missing for just over 2 weeks now. He was last seen up at his old home about a week ago. No more sightings. He has returned to his old home twice since we adopted him 6 months ago from my local shelter. He has always returned back home to me within about 36 hours but this time he hasn't. He is microchipped and neutered. I have done flyers etc, walked the streets, left out food, advertised etc and nothing. There is no sign of him. He is 12 and I am wondering if something bad has happened to him. My other cat went missing 6 months ago too. I just don't know what to do anymore. I am feeling really quite emotional over it all. He has just disappeared. Where on earth is he?

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      Cindy Lawson 

      6 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Briony, I am unable to help you find your Rascal directly, but I do strongly recommend you try all the ideas I have put into this article because they are designed to be for people like yourself to find their missing cats. I have put all the suggestions I can think of into this, so there is nothing further I could add, although I wish I could help more. First and foremost remember a day is no time at all, and by now your cat may well be home again anyway. I wouldn’t worry too much unless he is missing for a few days or more.

      Good luck.

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      Jagannath 

      11 months 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 

      11 months 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 

      11 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      12 months 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 

      13 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 

      13 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 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      19 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 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 

      3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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

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      Fluff 

      3 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 years ago

      Yes I will do thanx.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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 

      4 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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