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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2011 Cindy Lawson

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    • mistyhorizon2003 profile imageAUTHOR

      Cindy Lawson 

      44 hours ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Rene

      I am sorry your cat hasn’t come home yet. Unfortunately there is the possibility she has moved on with someone else to be gone so long, but I would also say never to totally give up hope, as cats sometimes turn up at home many months or even years after they first went missing.

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      Rene 

      2 days ago

      My cat has been gone for for 4 months now. I haven't found any signs of her being dead. Is there any hope she'll return?

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      Rene 

      2 days ago

      My cat has now been gone for 4 months. Is there any hope of her coming back. I miss her allot. I still have hope she's alive. Becuse I went looking for her on the woods and I haven't found any fur or skeletons. - Rene again.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      5 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Ben

      Well unless the visiting cat is a stray, I would avoid feeding it because it may have owners of its own worried about it, and of course if you provide food you could very quickly find you’ve accidentally adopted a new cat. It could also scare your original cat away, so probably best to stop the feeding for a day or two and see what happens.

      You could always set a humane cat trap, and bait it with food too. If you catch the wrong cats you can release them and they will be put off returning. Hopefully you would catch your own cat too if he’s still in the area. Usually animal rescue organisations can lend you a trap.

      Good luck

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      Zen Ben 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello,

      My cat has been missing for about three months. I was out of state working at the time and she got out while house sitter was taking care of home. By the time I returned, it had already been a month.

      I put food out every day and night, and it gets eaten. But it appears that the cat eating the food is another cat.

      By putting the food out, am I attracting another cat into the area and encouraging that cat to make claim to territory and therefore repelling my cat further away from the house?

      Should I continue to feed the 'other' cat or take a break for a while?

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      Cindy Lawson 

      5 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Bri

      You commented yesterday and my reply is below your latest comment. I hope it helps and that he’s home soon. I wouodn’t start to worry too much until he has been gone a few days to a week.

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      Bri 

      5 weeks ago

      My male cat has been gone for almost a day, he just dipped out of the blue, he has never dissapeared for long. We are very worried someone took him. He is not neutered or microchiped yet me and my mom were going to make an appointment that day, he is only wearing a blue collar and we have been waiting for him to show up but hasn’t, it’s almost been 2 days. Should I put up posters for him with a reward or is it too soon? He is about 7 months old and he’s a chartrux kitten, any advice on what to do is very well appreciated, thanks.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      5 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Bri, I’m afraid all my suggestions are already in this article so I can’t really suggest anything else. I reallly hope your kitten comes home soon, and I wouldn’t panic yet, as if he isn’t neutered he is the right sort of age (6 months plus) where they start to go looking for females and explore their territory as a matter of course. Assuming you do get him back, I urge you to get him neutered and microchipped to help prevent this happening again (not to mention the injuries etc male cats tend to get from fighting with other cats over females, and from receiving aggressive reactions from females that aren’t ready to mate). Prevention really is better than having to go through the stress and worry of a missing cat.

      Good luck, and do let me know when he comes home safe.

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      Bri 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello, I have a 7 month old gray kitten who left our yard one night ago, I am very worried that something happed to him because he is very calm and has never shown signs of aggression to nor me or my family. He is not microchiped or neutered, his collar dosnt have his pet tag with my info, i asked the neighbors if he was over because they let my cat into their house so he can play with their female cat, we told them to not feed him and to send him back if he went over but he said that he left a long time ago like around 12pm. I’m not sure if he’s dead or not and I’m really scared for him, my mom is going to ask the neighbors around and if nobody has him or info we’re plaing on going to the shelters, what do you recommend doing?, this is his first time leaving for a long time and I’m scared someone took him :(

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      Cindy Lawson 

      6 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Ell, Food is usually the way to go to earn a cat’s trust, so start feeding her if you can until she sees you as a food source and seeks you out.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      7 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Ann

      That is a young age for him to even be away from his mother (8-12 weeks with the mother is ideal). At that age I imagine he is only hiding somewhere nearby and has not gone far. Check every cupboard, shed, garage, chimney etc, in the area as they are classic places for cats to hide out. Assuming you find him okay, I would advise keeping him in until he is at least 6 months old, and even then, only let him out once he is neutered and microchipped (to maximise his chances of safe return).

      Goood luck.

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      Ann 

      7 weeks ago

      My 2months old male cat has left the home for a day. Do you think he will come back?

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      Cindy Lawson 

      8 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hello ‘Hi’. There is always the possibility your cat is fine and just hiding out somewhere. I sincerely hope the coyote did not cross paths with your fur baby and that he will return home soon. Cats sometimes go missing for months, even years, and still turn up at home safely.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      8 weeks ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jess, hopefully she will still return and is just off on her adventures. Do let me know if you find her.

      Good luck.

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      Hi, 

      2 months ago

      My cat has been missing for 5 days. The last time I let him out was shortly before being notified of a coyote in the neighborhood. I'm really scared. He had been staying inside for 2 weeks beforehand. He was just lazing around, sleeping in his litterbox, and just staying in. Now he is gone for 5 days with a coyote on the loose. Do you think he will come back?

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      Jess 

      2 months ago

      my little cat has been missing for maybe two or three months, she has gone missing before but came back after maybe a month... she's a young kitty maybe only two years old by now but she has a brother at home that is missing her dearly... there are foxes in the area but I'm trying not to think about that really.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Kaela, that’s a really good sign. You might need to take your time to get her used to you again before she is completely back to her old self. A good way to get her trust would be to put food out for her. Do let me know if she turns up again and how you get on.

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      Kaela 

      2 months ago

      Hello.

      My cat has been missing for a year now, but i saw her just at the gate today but i got that excited that she ran away again. Do you think she will come back again?? thankyou

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      Dennis 

      2 months ago

      Mu cat ran off street we brought her own frind in.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sorry to hear that Jennifer, but don’t panic yet, some cats can be gone months and still turn up.

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      Jennifer 

      2 months ago

      Hey. Little update** It’s been 2 weeks since our cat hasn’t come back. We are all pretty sure he’s gone now:(

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      That is really worrying Katie. As you probably know, a cat new to a household or one that has recently moved house, should be kept in for at least 2 -8 weeks. Have you tried going back to where you got her from to see if she has tried to find her way back there again? Cats are remarkably adept at finding their way home even over many miles they may only have ever travelled in a car.

      Hopefully he is nearby to you and just hiding and will come back to where you are now, but it is definitely a good idea to check his former location as well.

      Good luck.

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      Katie Herts 

      2 months ago

      Thank you for this advice. I am particularly worried about my lost cat because he was only adopted 1 week ago. He is very shy and was hiding under the bed all week, he had only just started coming out from under the bed to see me a few times a day. My partner left the bedroom door and front door open for a short time Friday morning, it must have been long enough for the cat to bolt out the door! I have left food outside the front door and also the back door. I am not sure to forgive my partner for such a complacent action, I would NEVER have left these doors open - if we have lost this cat than I am not sure we deserve to adopt another. The cat is small and only 2 years old, he is so shy that I just know he will be hiding somewhere not wanting to make a sound. We have searched around houses nearby and are printing posters to pin up. I hope he comes back. :(

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I wish I could reassure you JBERRILL, but it does sound like she was unwell and may have gone to find a safe place to recover or be alone (hopefully not to die, although it is a possibility).

      I hope she does return though and that she will be okay,

      Let me know if she turns up

      X

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      JBERRILL 

      2 months ago

      Hi, so I have a healthy 5 year old female spayed cat, who enjoys the outside ,but comes home every night.. Well she has been missing now for 3 days. Monday she had stayed In out bed all day, didn't think anything of it, just figured she was really tired. All night she stayed in bed , and next morning, she acted like she didn't want to get up, I tried to get her to eat and drink but she showed no interest. So I figured she must have a upset tummy. I was going to leave her inside for the day, decided I would put her in the spare room with food, water and a litter box, .. well I put her in there and next thing she was at the slding door , meowing like she always does wanting out, was hesitant to let her out, but she doesn't like to use the litter box and thought she must have to go potty. so I let her out, and that is the last I have seen of her.. Is there a chance she will still come home? I have so much guilt letting her out when she was not acting like herself.. and I am fearing she might of been really sick and could of had something seriously wrong with her and might of went somewhere to die :( again she showed no other sign of any kind of illnesses or injuries or in any kind of pain .. but I am worried sick and can't stop crying.. So just wanted your opinion if you think she is still safe and will or could come back home, or should I fear and except the worse ??

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Jennifer, so pleased you are also against declawing. Your cat sounds like a tough cookie, so hopefully he can look after himself and is just off having fun. Please let me know if he comes home safely.

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      Jennifer 

      2 months ago

      Thank you for your fast reply! No we are not the ones who declawed him and are totally against declawing cats. We got him at an animal shelter. We live in Canada and there have been many bear sightings. Lets just hope nothing related with predators happend to him. He is very strong and brave even though he has no claws. He always hunts little birds and mice and can easily defend himself.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am sorry to hear about this Jennifer. I wish I did have more suggestions , but when I wrote this article I put all my suggestions into it, leaving me none in reserve. I hope that by not finding any trace of your cat means he is most likely okay, but it does depend on the wild animals where you live (the US has far more wild animals likely to kill a cat than the U.K. does). I am afraid by being declawed he would have little in the way of defences and would be unable to climb rapidly up a tree to escape. In the U.K. declawing is illegal, and personally as an ex Veterinary Nurse / Assistant I really hate the practice and am pleased by being in the U.K. I never had to see any cat undergo such an operation. You may not have been the ones to get your cat declawed of course, as I don’t know if you had him from a kitten so. I am not accusing you of having this done to him.

      Hopefully though he is absolutely fine and happily exploring and enjoying his adventure. I wouldn’t start to seriously worry until he has been gone at least a couple of weeks, and hopefully he will be back before then regardless.

      Do let me know if you get any news.

      Good luck.

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      Jennifer 

      2 months ago

      Hey! We’ve had our cat for over 8 years. He is an outdoor cat and is declawed. He has never left the house for more than 48h. We haven’t seen him in over 4 days and it’s starting to worry us since when he goes outside, he always spends him time in the same places. We searched the whole neighborhood and the streets and there is absolutely no sign of him. He also always comes when we shake the bag of treats and this time nothing happend. He is very important to our family and we were wondering if you had any suggestions on finding him back:) thank you.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Oh dear Camila, I am sorry to hear you are so worried. Your Mom may well be right, and if it is the time of year where cats are actively mating in your part of the world, then the call of nature can be too strong for most unneutered cats to resist. If this is the case he may be gone a week or even a month whilst he sources as many in season females as possible. Hopefully this is all he is doing and nothing bad has happened to him.

      Assuming he does come back safely, I can only urge you to get him microchipped immediately, and if you must use a collar (something I prefer not to die to the safety risks if they get caught in branches etc), please make sure you do get one with the rapid release clip or the elastic insert and a name tag. Honestly I can’t urge enough the importance of microchipping and neutering. All too often there are cases like yours on this very thread, where the owners may well have still had their cats if they had been chipped and neutered, and at the very least hey might have found out what happened to their missing cat even if it wasn’t the news they wanted to receive (better than never knowing and always wondering if your lost cat is still alive somewhere or not).

      I really do wish you the best of luck and hope you will let me know if your cat comes home again.

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      Camila martinez 

      2 months ago

      I've had my cat, carlos since he was born. I took care of his stray mom and when she gave birth to him and his siblings i kept him bc his mother ran away and never came back. We let him leave the house sometimes and the longest he's been away has been 4 days when he then came back sick but later got better. A couple days ago i let him and and has been missing for a week. Idk what to do , my mom says that hes looking for a queen since the one he use to be with ended up dying one day. I really hope he comes back save or if he even is alive anymore. Hes not microchipped. He has a collar but i has no safety buckle or ID tag. And hes not been nuetured even though hes like 1 1/2 years old. :'(

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I’m sure she will be fine Rene. She is just reaching the age where cats decide to go out exploring the world more and finding their territory etc. Good luck and I hope she comes home soon.

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      Rene 

      2 months ago

      My five month old kitten Lilly just went missing .Its been a day since we last seen her. Thanks for the article. I hope she is okay. Im worried but hope she will return. I live in a wooden mountiy place. All oh her brothers and sister are waiting for her. Thanks for the tips.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      2 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi ErikaBeth, I’m sorry to hear about your missing cat, and wish I could offer some useful suggestions. At the moment my best ideas are all in this article, so it is hard to come up with more ideas. What I would say, is that if he still hasn’t turned up by the time you move house, ask the new tenants, your current neighbours etc to contact you if they see him in the vicinity. At least that way you could return to collect him when he reappears.

      Good luck.

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      ErikaBeth 

      2 months ago

      i recently moved into a house for school up in the backwoods of maine with 10 acres of land on a dirt road with very little traffic. when i first moved in i quickly realized there was a cat hanging around and sleeping on our porch, he approached me one day when i got home from school and was super friendly and loving. unlike any stray i'd ever met he loved belly rubs and to be picked up and you could even look in between his toes without him fussing.

      i wanted to take him in and give him a loving home that he so clearly wanted but upon bringing him in the first time my roommate told me she was allergic. I started regularly feeding him mornings when i woke up and when id get back for the night for dinner squeezing in a lot of time to to spend with him on the porch since he was always there.

      I brought him to the vet 2 fridays ago got him all his shots and made an appointment for a booster shot as well as to be microchipped and neutered at the beginning of october. The vet told me he was about a year old. The very next morning after having brought him to the vet he showed up on the porch unusually after i woke up and had a huge gash on his nose, a deep cut from what i now suspect was a raccoon. I brought him to the vet who put stitching powder on the cut and gave me antibiotics to give him to prevent infection for 10 days. I stayed with him in a friends dorm for the night so that he wouldn't be outside, my friend also had a male cat much older and neutered who did not like my cat and would not stop hissing at him, all the while my cat kept trying to befriend him and get close to him showing no signs of agitation on his end.

      Ultimately that showed i needed a new solution on where to keep this cat safe. i slept in a tent with him on my porch the next night so that nothing came to attack him, although i did hear a lot of creatures stirring around nothing came to bother us. the next two nights i had him in my boyfriends dorm which technically can't have cats in it so it was a sneaky operation and on the third day we both had a lot of classes and didn't want him to be alone so i brought him back to the porch at 8 am and when i returned to get him at 5 pm he was gone and hasn't come back since. he has been gone for 6 days now, he missed his last 5 days of antibiotics which concerns me infection wise. I've set trail cameras up and the only thing thats been coming around is a big raccoon.

      I'm moving out of my current place where he went missing from to a new cat friendly place just for him beginning in october which gives me less than 2 weeks for him to come back before i leave:(

      Any suggestions ?? I've asked neighbors, walked around the woods shaking his bag of food, I call for him everyday and still nothing i am very stressed

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Meagan

      So sorry Sebastian has been missing so long. I am afraid cats are fickle creatures in some ways, and if they decide to wander off they don’t seem to care whether we owners worry ourselves sick or not, plus they don’t seem to miss us in the way a dog would. The amount of times people lose their cat for months, even years, only to find it has willingly moved in with someone else a few streets away and been living there happily the whole time. It doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong, it is just the way cats are. Hopefully he is okay and will still turn up in the months to come, or at the very least you will solve the mystery of where he went.

      Good luck.

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      Meagan 

      3 months ago

      4 months ago my Sebastian disappeared, we live on a ten acre property in rural Tasmania, Australia. Sebastian was originally brought over from Vietnam where we found him 3 weeks old and abandoned. He was always a very odd cat, although desexed he would continue to chase queens and even adopt other kittens and bring them home (allowing them to attempt to suckle) we brought one of his adoptions with him to aus and they were Very close. Edwin (his child?) began to get a bit teenagery and bother Sebastian a bit, we also introduced a third cat to the household (Norwegian forest cat rescue) and the others didn't like him much, nothing extreme but just standoffish of each other. A month and a half after this, he disappeared. I take the cats for a walk in the afternoons and he was nowhere to be found. Edwin didn't seem concerned like anything had happened, I've scoured about 30 acres of field and forest but the only remains I've found are not cats. We bought trail cameras and have seen dozens of ferals but not my beastie. He's chipped and desexed, no collar. During the search I found his old collars which he had strategically pulled off on fences. The only different things that day were a new neighbour dog (he was secured on the balcony of their house) and it was very windy that day. Too windy for Eagles and too cold for snakes that day. No signs of struggle and my job requires me to record classes and I heard nothing on the tapes. Neighbours have seen nothing. One interesting thing happened, one night we saw two cats in the field, when we called out, one stopped and looked, the other ran off. Unfortunately the cams were 2km away in the bush. That night it ate the food left out and left a mangled possum tail at our door (a gift?). He was a gift giver and I hope it was him but why wouldn't he just stay :'(

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      Deb 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Cindy. I put 10 pairs of dirty socks under bushes and in safer areas on the community today within a 1km. I also took the dog with me because she pees a lot. The dog and cat have bonded as they play and the cat head bunts her all the time. My thought was that he pee also marks her scent that my cat would recognize. Perhaps a suggestion for others.

      I didn’t call his name, just carried on a one sided normal non stressed conversation with the dog. People looked at me funny, carrying a bag of dirty socks and chatting away by myself, but if it gets my cat home safe, I don’t care. Thanks again for all your advice :)

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Deb

      You must be incredibly worried about your cats wellbeing right now, but give it time, 8 day still isn’t all that long by a cats standards. Keep doing what you are doing, and try the socks idea as it could help.

      Do let me know if he returns okay.

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      Deb 

      3 months ago

      Hello, This is a very positive article and full of great ideas. My cat hasn’t come home in 8 days.

      He is an outdoor-access cat who is 7 years old. He was a rescue that was an indoor cat until two years ago. Everything was great before one day he was chasing a bug and the window screen popped out and he went screen surfing into the back yard. When I got home and saw what happened, I found him about 15 minutes later hiding under the stairs. He was quiet until I found him then he let howled with the biggest eyes and came out. Then....about 4 months later he discovered the dog door. I have an older dog with diabetes so she needs the door to go to the bathroom.

      First thing I did was get one of those automatic doors that wouldn’t unlock unless the dogs collar was close. Worked for a bit, but the dog has a goofy habit of standing in the door so the cat would sneak out under her legs.

      He is a street smart cat and doesn’t go near other people and I live in a community with 15km lanes. There are also at least 6 cats on my block but there are rarely any fights between all of them.

      Anyway... back to him being missing. Usually he has a routine where he is indoors and sleeps with me and the dog. He’s a very affectionate cat but hides from strangers and other animals that have come into our home. I house sat a friends dog for a weekend and my cat stayed in the back yard the whole time and only snuck in to eat. When the dog left he was in like nothing happened.

      So, last Tuesday, which was 8 days ago, he was sleeping when I went to work and when I go home he was out. Usually he is home between 9 and 10 and I had called for him to come home around 8 because that night was fireworks less than 1km away. We have 6 nights of them over a two week span every year so it’s not like my pets haven’t heard them before. I could get him to come in but figured just like when someone fires up a lawnmower or motorbike he would come in like a rocket as he always did. That night he didn’t. Now, he has been out over night on occasion and there has been times when I haven’t seen him for two days maximum, but I always knew he had come home by his food dish.

      So after the Tuesday fireworks, there was fireworks on the Thursday and then the Saturday, so I am thinking that he bolted when they happened and is scared to come home because it happened two other nights!

      I have gone around the community every day in the morning and evening. Made ads, checked with animal services, vets, and even the City DOA binder (never want to see that again). I don’t know what else to try. No one has seen him and we checked everywhere. I even get up on my roof and call for him.

      It’s not like him at all. I was thinking of taking some dirty socks and putting them at the ends of all the lanes in case he bolted farther. There are 370 homes in my community so its not a small area to search.

      Perhaps a $100 reward if he’s found?

      I assume it’s fireworks as that’s the only thing that was different that day. I should have stayed home that day to make sure he didn’t get out and if (when) he does come home, I think a separate door will need to installed with acces to an enclosure for him and the dog and then he can only use tha main dog door if he’s on a leash. But it would have to be a harness because he’s Houdini at getting out of collars. Sorry for the long post. Miss him and hope he’s just out mousing until he’s sure the fireworks are gone.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Theresa

      What a horrible situation to be in. I really do feel for you and how anxious you must be.right now. It is a tough situation to find an easy solution for, and bearing in mind the fact she is an indoor cat a lot of the usual ideas wouldn’t apply. Sadly it sounds as if you are already doing everything possible to find her, and I can only wish you the very best of luck in your search and your recovery.

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Natalie

      3 days still isn’t a long time for a cat to go out for, even if it is somewhat out of character. I would try not to worry until she has been missing at least a week or more, and then if she still isn’t home follow as much of the advice as is relevant in my article.

      Good luck

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      Theresa 

      3 months ago

      Great ideas but what do you do if it's been almost 3 months and you were traveling with your cat when in a car accident 30 miles from home and that's when the the cat ran from the accident site.Being and indoor cat, she has no idea where she is and has no scent trails to follow. I've been back to the site day and nite, left food, her litter, my clothes, her blanket and her cat nip toys, put up posters, contacted vets and spca in area. Most people in the neighborhood have been very kind, but I have lessened the amount of times in the last month I'm going there . I myself am struggling still with a concussion. I'm devastated though that I don't know if she is ok, living outside in the recent heat wave and now all this rain or was she taken in by someone. In the last 2 weeks, I decided to put individual flyers in over 150 mailboxes in the surrounding area thinking someone did take her in and didn't realize who she belongs to. She is not chipped and didn't have a tagged collar because she was an indoor cat. We were going on vacation when we were hit from behind. Her name is Seaweed and she is my best friend. Do you have any further suggestions? Thanks for your help-Theresa

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      Natalie Binks 

      3 months ago

      Please help with advice on my baby girl who has just disappeared! She is 14 years old and has NEVER strayed. She is not adventurous but does like to sit in the sun under the pergola. Her personality has deemed her as a diva, hand fed, likes her throne (comfy chair), not much into bringing home gifts anymore just likes to sit pretty and be a diva. Im at a loss, as of today its been 3 days now and she is gone, no where on our property and not within a one mile radius (from what I can tell)... please give me your thoughts and ideas...what do i do next????

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      Cindy Lawson 

      3 months 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 

      3 months ago

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

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      Cindy Lawson 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 months ago

      My cat ran away with a male cat

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      Cindy Lawson 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      20 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 

      20 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      23 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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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