Cindy has several outdoor cats that leave her home for days at a time.
Why Do Cats Leave and Come Back?
I can't help but wonder where on Earth my cats go when they head 'through the cat flap'. Quite often, they are gone for days at a time. When they do return, they don't seem to be hungry and seem pretty content with life.
Trusting Their Instinct
Obviously, caring for a curious cat isn't easy, as it is so hard to monitor them full-time. This is why I feel microchips are really important if you don't want to lose your cat altogether. Outdoor cat adventures would be amazing to follow, yet impossible to see without attaching a camera to a pet (which I doubt would stay on long if most cats are anything like mine!)
My Cats' Adventures: A Series of Short Stories
Do you have indoor/outdoor cats? Do they go on day-long adventures, only to return home out of the blue? If so, you may be able to relate to my cats' magnificent adventures:
- Ronnie Goes on the Hunt
- Reggie the Food Thief
- Ronnie Lies in Wait
- Ronnie and Reggie Visit the Pub
- Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Field
- Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Lake
- Georgie Runs Off to Catch Fish
- Squish Brings Us Gifts
- Smudge Steals Toys
- Pixie the Escape Artist
- The Neighbour's Cat
- The Mangy Tortoiseshell
Important Note: If your cat is missing right now, you might find my article called 'How to Find Your Missing Cat' useful.
1. Ronnie Goes on the Hunt
My cat, 'Ronnie', worries me sick every time he vanishes. Yet, when he comes back, he simply has a bit of food and promptly crashes out for a day on our bed before vanishing again. I suspect he has a second home and is worrying both 'owners' every time he goes missing!
On one occasion, Ronnie was missing for several days, and we hunted high and low for him. Whilst dropping my husband off at our fishing lake on the third day, I spotted Ronnie crossing the lane behind me. I spent the next half hour crawling through brambles and undergrowth trying to catch him. All the while he meowed at me pathetically from within the depths of the sharp, spiky bushes I was attempting to retrieve him from.
Eventually, I caught him, placed the protesting moggie into my car, and drove him back to the house. By this time, I was covered in lacerations from both Ronnie and the brambles. The faces of the people I drove past was a picture, as they must have seen me driving with a large black and white cat on my lap, complete with his paws on the steering wheel, protesting loudly at his 'catnapping'. I soon got him home and fed him and locked him in the house. Before the day was up, he was gone again.
2. Reggie the Food Thief
Now, we also have a jet-black cat called 'Reggie', and he is a real character with an appetite that is unbelievable for a slender feline. Quite by chance, one of our neighbours has a cat that is the exact double of Reggie, and neither of us can tell our cats apart.
Some months back, our friend, 'Bartie', was sitting in his lounge when his cat came home and promptly scoffed the entire contents of the cat bowl before settling down on his lap for the evening. Bartie commented to his girlfriend what a huge appetite their cat had lately.
It was only an hour or so later that Bartie went into their bedroom and saw his cat sitting on top of their wardrobe. He quickly realised that this food thief was a mystery cat that had been regularly eating all the cat food, playing along and sitting on their laps. This mystery cat was actually our cat Reggie. To add further insult to injury, Reggie was also eating at least four or five bowls of food a day at home, so how on earth he isn't grossly obese I have no idea.
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3. Ronnie and Reggie Visit the Pub
One evening, my husband, Richard, decided to go to the local hotel bar for an evening drink. Having made it three-quarters of the way and now on the coast road, he arrived at the hotel only to realise the two cats were with him. The owner of the hotel invited Richard in, but Richard pointed out that he had the two cats with him. The owner very kindly suggested Richard bring them into the hotel bar with him, and so he did.
Ronnie and Reggie comfortably curled up on one of the padded seats in the bar and proceeded to be petted by all the guests for the next two hours. When Richard went to leave, he simply called the cats and they willingly followed him all the way back home again, stopping at kerbs and waiting for cars to invite them to cross the roads, at which point they followed Richard trustingly over. They all arrived home safely and were none the worse for their adventure.