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Where Do Your Cats Go When They Leave Your Home?

Cindy has several outdoor cats that leave her home for days at a time.

Why do cats leave for days at a time and then return home?

Why do cats leave for days at a time and then return home?

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:

  1. Ronnie Goes on the Hunt
  2. Reggie the Food Thief
  3. Ronnie Lies in Wait
  4. Ronnie and Reggie Visit the Pub
  5. Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Field
  6. Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Lake
  7. Georgie Runs Off to Catch Fish
  8. Squish Brings Us Gifts
  9. Smudge Steals Toys
  10. Pixie the Escape Artist
  11. The Neighbour's Cat
  12. 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.

Ronnie Goes on the Hunt

Ronnie Goes on the Hunt

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.

Reggie the Food Thief

Reggie the Food Thief

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.

Ronnie and Reggie Visit a Pub

Ronnie and Reggie Visit a Pub

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.

Ronnie Lies in Wait

Ronnie Lies in Wait

4. Ronnie Lies in Wait

On another night, Richard went to the pub and Ronnie followed him as far as a nearby derelict greenhouse. Richard ran the rest of the way to the pub to avoid Ronnie following him.

It was some hours later that Richard was walking back home in the dark when he passed the same derelict greenhouse. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Ronnie landed on his shoulder. Clearly, Ronnie had been waiting all that time for Richard to return and hadn't left the site since.

Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Field

Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Field

5. Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Field

When Ronnie and Reggie were merely young cats, we walked to one of our local pubs with a couple of friends. It wasn't more than a quarter of a mile before we heard mewing behind us. Shining our torches back down the country lane, we found both the cats had followed us. All four of us tried in vain to catch the cats without success, and eventually, they ran into a field where we were forced to leave them (the cats, not the friends).

Some hours later and back at home, the kitties had still not returned home. By now, we were all getting worried, so my husband went out looking for them. He eventually headed back to the field we had last seen them in, and sure enough, they were both waiting there for one of us to collect them. Once Richard called them, they happily followed him home again.

Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Lake

Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Lake

6. Ronnie and Reggie Take to the Lake

We frequently go up to our fishing lake and find both Ronnie and Reggie sitting on the bench up there watching the scenery, or they choose to land on our shoulders whilst we are sitting and relaxing on the bench—usually scaring the hell out of us in the process. We also get many 'gifts' of dead, semi-alive or very alive rabbits left on our doorstep. The ones we can, we rescue and take to the local animal sanctuary for vet care. Sadly, many never make it, but we do our best.

I suspect it won't be too much longer before young 'Squish' discovers the joys of our fishing lake and starts to explore rabbit hunting as a hobby, too!

Georgie Runs Off to Catch Fish

Georgie Runs Off to Catch Fish

7. Georgie Runs Off to Catch Fish

I once had a cat in the UK when I lived in a very built-up area in Bromley in Kent. Surrounded by high-rise flats and main roads, there were not many places you think a cat could hunt. However, my cat 'Georgie' managed to bring a fully grown, dead, grey squirrel home and leave the corpse in our kitchen. Then at a later date, she brought home a 6–7 inch live goldfish that she could only have stolen from a garden pond.

I only realised the fish was still alive when I went to pick it up to dispose of it. When it flipped in my hands, I nearly jumped six feet in the air. Thinking quickly, I placed the fish in a large Tupperware container of water and phoned the local rescue centre.

Before too long, I was driving this rather damaged fish to be treated. Sadly, I was later told it didn't make it due to the severity of the damage my moggie had inflicted. I still don't know where on Earth Georgie caught the poor fish. What was really amazing was that we didn't even have a cat flap. Georgie had jumped up through our lounge window to bring her trophies home.

8. Squish Brings Us Gifts

Our third cat is a five-month-old kitten called 'Squish', and she is a real character. Already, she brings us home 'gifts' such as voles, mice, etc. Introducing a new kitten to our existing cats was by no means easy, but somehow it all came together in the end.

We weren't keen to let Squish out until she was at least six months old, but she had her own ideas. Once she had bullied our existing cats into accepting her (no easy task as they spent the first month hissing at her and swiping at her every time she came near them), she promptly began following her new mentors everywhere, including outside and all over the neighbouring fields. I am guessing they have been 'showing her the ropes', and when she has gone missing for a day at a time, I have searched high and low for her thinking someone must have stolen her.

Squish very quickly convinced our cats that she was a part of the team, and even when they tried to hiss at her or attack her, she would have none of it and really didn't 'take the hint'. Instead, she jumped on them, chased them all over the house, knocked their legs out from under them and generally forced them to love her. In our case, her job was easy, and she soon treated me as her 'mum' and made a point of suckling virtually every jumper I was wearing and slept on my pillow.

Now the three of them—Squish, Reggie and Ronnie—all vanish at once, often not to be seen for the whole day. I would truly love to know where they go or plant a hidden camera on one of them, as I imagine their adventures would be pretty enlightening.

Smudge Steals Toys

Smudge Steals Toys

9. Smudge Steals Toys

In Tenerife, I had a Siamese cat called 'Smudge'. He was a darling, but I really wonder where on Earth he went each time he left the apartment I lived in with my friend 'Bard of Ely'.

Smudge went through a truly crazy phase of bringing home Barbie-type dolls with no clothes on, and at one point, even brought home a 'My Little Pony' toy. He would play with these for hours, yet neither of us had any idea where these dolls had been stolen from. We just had visions of some poor child looking everywhere for their missing dolls.

Sadly, on the day I left Tenerife and was returning to Guernsey, Steve (Bard) was going to adopt both of my Tenerife cats, but Smudge was found dead on the same day. We were both really upset as he was such a character, but happily, Steve still has my former cat 'Tiggy' living with him in Tenerife to this day several years later.

Pixie the Escape Artist

Pixie the Escape Artist

10. Pixie the Escape Artist

Many years ago, my family had a big cat called 'Pixie'. He was fabulous and more like a small dog than a cat. He actually looked virtually identical to 'Ronnie', my current cat featured at the beginning of this article.

Pixie managed to escape outside of our vet's hospital one day following a routine vaccination. The vet's clinic was a good few miles (or a 20-minute car ride) from where we lived, so needless to say, we were worried sick about him having hunted high and low without success.

After three days of being missing and having only ever been taken to the vets in an enclosed cardboard box, Pixie turned up back at our house on top of the pig styes in our garden. To this day, we have no idea of how he found his way home, and what's more, he wasn't even hungry, just pleased to see us.

This same cat would happily travel in the car with my mum and step-dad down to their boat and sail all over the English Channel between Guernsey, Jersey, etc. asleep on the bunks down below. Once he returned to land, he would sit contentedly in the car for the journey back home again. His antics were so impressive that my stepfather (a retired fire chief) nicknamed him 'Black Dog'. This cat later became a character in one of the novels he has written since his retirement (Rough Sea Justice by James Cassaday).

11. The Neighbour's Cat

Neighbours of ours adopted a cat that simply 'moved in with them'. The reason being that the children of the former owners used to chase the cat unmercifully and even cut off her whiskers on one occasion (which as you know is an essential tool for a cat if it isn't to get trapped in tight spaces).

Having had enough, she found the people who lived opposite of them far more 'cat-friendly', and even the new children were good with animals. She now lives with them full-time and runs a mile if she sees her former owners, even though they have tried putting food out to tempt her back.

This same cat turned up on our doorstep one night even before she 'moved house'. She had an empty can of cat food wedged on her head and was soaking wet from the downpour of rain we had experienced that evening. I quickly brought her indoors and removed the offending can, and then gently dried her off with a towel. She quickly left and we saw her around for some weeks before she changed owners.

The former owners really didn't seem too bothered about her at all, and even when we told them that we had heard a cat similar to theirs had been run over on the nearby road . . . the woman simply shrugged her shoulders and said, 'Well I haven't seen her today'. We were quite shocked and really couldn't get our heads around the lack of concern she showed.

It was no surprise to find out a few weeks later the cat had moved to the neighbour's house, and we quickly ended up adopting one from her next litter of kittens (Squish). Being responsible owners, they then got her spayed, and she is still happily living around the corner from us today.

Following my advice, the new owners got her microchipped to avoid the former owners laying claim to her, which would have been terrible for the cat's future. Clearly, she knew where to go once outside of her original home!

The Mangy Tortoiseshell

The Mangy Tortoiseshell

12. The Mangy Tortoiseshell

Some months back, we found a very mangy looking tortoiseshell cat up at our fishing lake. Feeling sorry for this bedraggled, weak, little kitty, we brought her home and placed her on a blanket in front of our heater along with food and water. Our other cats didn't bat an eyelid and immediately accepted her.

I sent my husband, Richard, on a tour of the neighbourhood asking if anyone had lost a cat. I even phoned up local rescue centres to see if one had been reported missing. It turned out that the cat did live locally and had hunted around our lake for years, often going missing for weeks at a time. She was now over 16 years old and a bit senile, hence she got lost up at the lake. We quickly returned her to her owners who were clearly great animal lovers, and they said she often does this, but usually turns up on her own. Apparently, some habits do die hard!

Share Your Story

Our cats clearly live amazing lives full of adventure and mysteries we can only guess at for the most part, but truth be told, we love them to death and would not be without them.

I would love to hear where you think your cats go when they are out playing, or if you have found out their secret, please share below.


Joan Macdonald on June 23, 2020:

I have a beautiful rescue I got when a kitten she is spayed and needled and is now 5 years ...The last few winters she had crystals and her bladder.I fixed that but changing her food to wet and she is a happy cat .I let her out in summer only summer .I just bought her BRAVECTO and we have ticks and fleas so want to put it on her it was 76 dollars taxes in but am scared to use it but I will ...Another question where does my cat go when she is gone for hours...My cat is very well treated and loved ...where does is go and comes back . Haha anyone know.

Ashtin on May 23, 2020:

My cat Schlik left her kittens for 72 hours now!We live in town so I'm worried she'll get pregnant again.

Mary Norman Latus on May 04, 2020:

I went to England from Arizona to vist my mum. The second week Lovey went missing. She has 4 brothers and a step sister. When I came home two feral fighting cats had taken over part of the back yard. They injured two of Loveys brothers. Eventually they move on. Lovey has not come home for almost 6 months. I pray everyday for her and ride my bike around. I have done the usual things to find her. She is 8 years old now and sat on the couch next to me. We are very bonded. I love her and pray one day we will be reunited.

Karen B Lee on October 29, 2019:

I have had wonderful adventures with cats. I adopted a tuxedo cat abandoned at my apartment complex in Charlotte. Asha was a good indoor companion. She pawed my face to wake me up to feed her. We moved together to Pt. Arthur, Tx. My son lived nearby and pronounced her "needy". From there we moved to Phoenix AZ. I had to buyher a plastic underbed storage tub as she seemed too big for her litterbox. This worked well. We had to rip up the astroturf in the lanai when she peed on it. This led to purchasing an affordable washer/dryer set for the space. My roomate left so Asha and i moved into a den of a friend. One day Asha went missing. I tried to locate her her in vain. With coyotes in the area, i feared the worst. I sat down and decided to telepathically communicate so she knew she was loved, missed and wanted. I opened my my eyes and she appeared on the deck like a vision. What joy! Next i took a room in a house with several roomates in other bedrooms. By now Asha was well adjusted to changes. This is the biggest gift my rescue cat gave me, she rescued me. At this time i was emotionally too stressed to work. I could not hold a customer service job. I was unable to pay the rent. My girlfriend took me to a no kill shelter because i had no money to feed and care for Asha. After being read the riot act i was told i should live with her in a tent. My friend chimed in, "she can't afford a tent." There was a long pause. I was offered a place to sleep in exchange for chores at the shelter. I had been a corporate wife living the American dream before my divorce. Now i was a homeless cat concierge. Everything i owned fit in my suv. At first i slept outside in a screened in area. When the monsoon rains came i was allowed inside with my futon amid a room of 35 cats. The shelter was a mobile home with build outs and a large corner lot with dog kennels in the yard, as well as an exercise area. Litter rounds were every hour and a half. I have been in nursing homes that smelled way worse. It was humbling to bleach mop, vacuum, wash and put away laundry, clean the feeding stations and water fountains, feed the wet food and more. My favorite time was petting station when the cats came for socializing. Asha was not happy in the situation. She did not like sharing her food. We stayed for a few months until i qualified for SSI benefits. When we left, bound for coastal OR Asha's relirf was palpable. She put her arms around my neck and relaxed into me as we got into the car. We rented a room and that is where she died in my arms.

James on September 14, 2019:

I'M off down to the family, today and wont be back till late evening, ive left him wet and dry food, but the strays come in and eat it, i can't keep the flap shut because he's an iut door cat, i always feel bad when i leave him, and when i go to work, that's so bad ,but going out out, guilt,has set in already,maybe its because i love my cat to bits

Mary Burns on July 16, 2019:

I have exactly the same problem with my cat since the summer started. He goes away for days on end returns and isn't even hungry. I know he is seen by some neighbours who on request do not feed him so why doesn't he come home???????????????

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 28, 2018:

I love the Guardian Angel idea Madge :)

Madge on October 27, 2018:

By the sound of it, and my own experience, cats are guardian angels. The stories of Richard going to the pub and the cats following seems to reinforce that notion. Tally Ho Kitteries!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 16, 2018:

What wonderful news Joe, I am so pleased your Lovie came home again. It just goes to show there is always hope even after many weeks of them going missing.

Joe on July 15, 2018:

I had a year old cat to be gone for 2 months then today when I came home from church he was in the driveway to greet me even though I didn’t recognize him because of the weight she had lost and the fact that I had written her off to being gone for good. We had figured probably a coyote or something like that had killed her, we are so thankful and in awe that she is here. She is eating and meowing so much that she has about lost her voice. She is so precious, her name is Lovie

Sharon Settino on April 24, 2018:

I'm missing of my jet black cat who looks identical to Reggiie who slipped out of his collar and ran through the bush at the back of my building on April 22nd 2018,and I am going crazy looking for him as I love him very much, and am doing everything you suggested, I even thought about going out in the early hours of the morning to look for him and mabee put my own life at risk, I am worried sick and cannot sleep, I've tried to put food out for him only to find other wild cats who eat it And I call his name and I never seem to find him I even came face to face with a skunk this morning, I don't know what else to do could you please email me and give me some more suggestions Thank You Sharon Settino My email is Shar41666@gmail.com

Patrick Shawn Wilson on March 08, 2018:

My boy is streilised but goes missing for months at a time the last time was 4 months he looked fed as we have lots of rabbits. I just don't know why he lesves. He well loved and treated like a king. Can anyone give me some ideas thanks fellow cat lover. Ohh his name is SOX.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 01, 2017:

Thanks for telling me about your lovely cats Cat Person. Clearly you love them very dearly and it sounds like they live in a paradise for cuts to explore.

Cat Person on April 01, 2017:

My cat Brian leaves for one or two days at a time sometimes. It especially happens if he gets stuck outside in a rain storm. I'm dying to know what kitty kitty adventures he gets into. We live in a spread out suburban, yet somewhat rural area, complete with miles of woods, some houses, and a variety of wild life. Brian, and my other two cats Girlly and Malachi, bring home a plethora of " presents," including moles, birds, frogs, rats, and bats. My girl cat even brought me just the heart of a bird. As discussed as I was, I was still flattered. How thoughtful. Brian even jumped into a pond I had for my aquatic salamanders, which he subsequently hunted, took out, and played with for hours while I was out. Poor salamanders were all chewed up and then died. I'm certain Brian gets into scuffles with other wild life outside as well, including opossums, racoon's, other cats, and coyotes, since he sometimes comes home with scratches and such. The cats love going out at night, despite the fact that they could become prey items themselves. They, especially Brian, will sit by the door and whine like he's going to die if I don't let him out. As much as it kills me to think of the dangers out there for them at night, they seem to crave the thrill. I think an owl may have got my 2nd cat, Lois. I cried for weeks. I used to worry sick about the three cats I have now, but I must say, Brian, Girlly, and Malachi are tough and beautiful.

mark on December 25, 2016:

I have a black female cat that was a homeless kitten that I adopted. I kept her inside as a kitten. When she was old enough I let her leave my apartment. I have a very small apartment in Japan and didn't want to keep her locked inside. She would come back every night to be fed and sleep then go outside again the following morning. Earlier this year she went missing for 1 month and came home very thin and tired. She has just returned after being missing for 2 weeks. It's stressful when she leaves but she was wild when I found her, and at least now I know she isn't having lots of other homeless kittens. If she is eating birds or mice to survive she isn't eating many because she is always very thin when she comes home. Girls will be girls? Cats will be cats. I think it's better that she has a short and dangerous life living outside than a long and boring life locked indoors.

Melissa A Smith from New York on November 11, 2014:

Where do cats go? Easy, everywhere they don't belong, killing wildlife and fighting with other animals. They've already done studies that strap cameras on cats.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on August 17, 2013:

Hi Rove, I am so sorry your cat is still missing. I completely understand how you must be feeling right now. Can I suggest you might get some good ideas as to how to find your cat if you read my other article on the subject which is linked to at the end of the first paragraph of this article. I hope it helps, and I hope you are reunited with your much loved cat very soon.

Rove on August 14, 2013:


I am a Filipino. I am so depressed my beloved cat is still missing for 28 days now. I searched all over our village and to our neighbor village (since we are just a creek away into our neighbor village). The creek is at the back of our house and I'm sure that's where my cat heading (at our neighbor village) every time he goes outside the house. But he's at home by lunch or dinner. Only last July 19, 2013 when I allowed him to go outside after dinner he didn't returned home until now. We searched everywhere specially, in the neighbor village but we haven't found him yet. He wast lost for 3 days last May but he returned home. This time I am so worried because it's almost 1 month. It hurts me a lot cause I didn't know what happened to him why he didn't go home. I have other cats too but the one missing is so dear to me. He's the only cat we allow to stay inside the house. He's good, playful, sweet, and he can really remove my stress. He sleeps beside me. Sometimes he sleeps in our bathtub, in my used clothes. We really have a sweet bond that's why his lost is hurting me. I always cry, even at late night I cry I still search for him calling him at the back of our house hoping he's gonna hear me. I lost my appetite for food and anything, I am irritable since he's gone. I know he's stating looking for a female cat, but I'm worried if he can still remember me and go home. I don't have someone to talk to. People think I am insane already because I'm spending my time looking for just a cat. They don't understand me because they love dogs and they hate cats. Even if they have one still, they can't understand me because they didn't experience the relationship I had with my missing cat. I hope my cat will be home soon.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on June 28, 2013:

Cats do often 'go walkabout' for days or even weeks at a time. They are incredibly good at looking after themselves and are more than capable of hunting, scavenging or otherwise getting hold of food. They frequently find shelter under buildings, in sheds, under cars or even in well meaning people's homes. Right now I wouldn't worry too much. Do bear in mind that his urge to 'wander' could be based on his male hormones. Even though you have had him neutered it can take up to six months for those hormones to completely dissipate from his system. Two years old is the ideal age for him to be vanishing for days at a time, but remember, if you only moved a 5 minute walk away from where he lived before you are still well within the average 2 mile territory most cats have, therefore he knows exactly where he is, and where you are. I am sure he will come home when he is ready to, but if not check out my other article on how to find your missing cat (linked to within this article).

Good Luck.

nadine axon on June 27, 2013:

We adopted a cat of about a year old he was soo happy moving in. Then we moved !!!! we moved about 5 minutes walk away, we kept boots in for about 3 weeks, he was driving us mad with the meowwing so we let him out. he went back to our old house and we bought him home on several occasions. We then had him neutered, kept him in for 24 hours he went out for around 4 days we bought him home., fed him and he went out. Boots then came back slept ate and went back out. Boots has been gone now for 4 days is this normal for my 2 year old cat, scared that he is hungry and cold.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 04, 2013:

Congratulations Senka, that is fantastic news and I am very pleased for you.

Senka on April 04, 2013:


I got my cat Brandy back after 7 years. It is great to have her at home.

Thank you. Senka

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 12, 2012:

There is a cat on our complex is like that. He visits at least three houses on the complex daily, and gets fed at all of them. As I am typing this he is sitting on the couch next to me, yet he isn't even our cat lol. At least his real owner knows he is always at one of two other houses if he isn't at hers.

BenCat on December 12, 2012:

Our cat always runs away- the longest was for 8 weeks being gone. We recently discovered that he goes to a house down the street where he gets fed and cared for.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 06, 2012:

I really hope she turns up on her own Jilly, and I also hope someone has taken her in so she is safe. It is worse not knowing what has happened I always think. Hopefully she will just casually stroll in one day soon.

Jilly on December 05, 2012:

I did try your recommendations, but I will look into them again. I suppose I am hoping someone has taken her in. There was one possible sighting, but that neighbor shooed that cat away, and she did fit the description of mine. I will not give up hope. I think she just had a major fright that is preventing her from wanting to come home right now. Thanks for your encouragement.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 05, 2012:

I am so sorry she has not yet come home Jilly. Did you try any of the stuff on my other article to track her down? Don't give up hope, she may well still turn up when you least expect it.

Jilly on December 05, 2012:

She has still not returned, but I still hope that she might come home. She must have had a fright. Don't know what to do anymore to find her. I can' t believe that she can't find her way back and keep reading stories where cats come back ages after they left...

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 17, 2012:

Did you read my other hub on How to Find Your Missing Cat Jilly? It might give you a few ideas you hadn't thought of to try. The link to the article is in the first section of this hub. I really hope she comes home to you soon. Let me know if and when she does please.

Jilly on October 17, 2012:

Thanks for your support.

Jilly on October 17, 2012:

Still not back yet. Maybe she is still calming down? Hope she returns. Searched high and low.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 30, 2012:

I am so sorry to hear about your cat Jilly, and of course your burglary. I really hope when she calms down she returns and that all will return to normal. Do let me know if or when this happens.

Jilly on September 29, 2012:

Our house was burgled 8 days ago and our cat Ilva has disappeared. It's her first time out of the garden. Assuming she fled from the chaos of the theft. This hub gives me hope...

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 10, 2012:

I am sure he will be back Ian, but if not check out my other article on how to find your missing cat. The link is in this hub and it is full of helpful advice to track down a missing feline. Do let us know how you get on and good luck.

Ian on May 10, 2012:

Thank you so much for creating this wonderful thread, so very reassuring and gives me some hope for our situation. Our gorgeous boy Tommy went missing on Sunday and we've not seen him since. We got into action right away, putting up posters everywhere and we've put notices through more than 200 doors in the local area. We've had a couple of calls from a housing estate about half a mile away that a "new" black cat matching Tom's description has recently been spotted - so we are hopeful and are patrolling the area - but its a very emotional experience - just feels like we are going through a bereavement.

Tom is almost 4 and is micro chipped, he is also neutered. We did notice he was quite perky for a day or two before he went off, so perhaps he was planning a little adventure.

Anyway, please keep him in your thoughts for us.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 04, 2012:

I am so glad you had a happy ending sheilanewton. Thanks for commenting here :)

sheilanewton from North Shields, UK on April 04, 2012:

Fabulous hub. I lOVE cats. One of my cats went missing for a week. I'd lost all hope - and then back he came, crying for mamma!!! He'd been locked in a shed by the looks of all the sawdust all over him!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 25, 2012:

Thanks louromano, glad you liked this :)

louromano on March 25, 2012:

Great hub Well done.You did very good job.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 15, 2012:

That is fabulous news Emma, thanks so much for letting me know. Now hurry up and get her spayed before you have half a dozen kittens to rehome ;) BTW, I don't think I mentioned it before, but I too used to have a cat called Smudge when I lived in Tenerife.

Any more problems let me know :)

Emma on March 15, 2012:


Smudge came back!!

I am so relieved :)

She was very hungry and came back for food bless her :)

Thank you so much for the great advice on how to find her, she found her way back home and she is absolutely fine and is now sleeping and dreaming of her adventure :) xxx

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 14, 2012:

You are very welcome Emma, I am sure you will give her an excellent home :)

Emma on March 14, 2012:

I have just seen her again with the male cat, but as soon as the other cat ran off she followed. The male cat is local so at least she isn't far. Hopefully she will come back when she loses interest in the tom cat. As soon as i have her back i am going to get her chipped and will then let her out once she has gotten more used to being with us as i dont want to deprive her from the great outdoors. Thank you for all the advice xx

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 14, 2012:

It is a good sign she was seen on your wall this morning as it shows she hasn't wondered too far. If she is is season she will probably mate with a number of males before she returns (a litter of kittens often have several Fathers hence why some look so very different from others).

Don't worry, just be patient for a few days and she will probably come back on her own or return to the shelter, (actually I am very surprised they re-homed a cat without spaying it first as this is fairly standard practice nowadays.)

Good luck with the 'keeping her as an indoor cat', I suspect you will struggle to keep her as a house cat when she has experienced the great outdoors before. Sometimes they adapt, but other times they just go stir crazy wanting to be outside in the sunshine, either sunbathing, hunting or whatever else comes naturally to them.

Let me know how you get on and if you get her back or not.

Emma on March 14, 2012:

i am just beside myself and should have been more careful, i wanted her to be an indoor cat in the first place. I got her from an animal shelter around the corner from me and i have informed them about the situation and will contact me if she turns up. Just spoke to my neighbor and she saw her sitting on my wall this morning with a male cat, so she did come back but has now ventured off again. very upset and worried about her being out there. ive read your post on how to find a missing cat and have done everything it says on there so now its just the waiting game. She is on heat at the minute so its possible thats why she is hanging around this male cat.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on March 14, 2012:

This is more of a tricky one I am afraid Emma. Two days is a very short space of time and I usually recommend keeping them in for at least two weeks before letting them out, although obviously this was not your fault. That said, if she feels safe and secure with you she may well head back once she has mated, (you can still get her spayed if you are quick although some vets prefer to wait until 6 weeks after a season because the excess bleeding risk during surgery is higher before this time, but they may make an exception if she is likely to have become pregnant though). There is a chance she may head back to where she was originally found as a stray, or possibly even to the rescue centre. Right now I would look into both these possibilities and I would recommend you read my other hub on how to find your missing cat, (link is in this hub).

Good Luck, hopefully she will come back to you regardless of the short time you have had her.

Emma on March 14, 2012:

Please help!

I adopted a stray cat named smudge and fell in love with her the moment i saw her. I took her home and made sure she had everything she needed. She is a very playful and loving cat, she isn't supposed to venture outside until i got her spayed which is next week but unfortunately she escaped yesterday afternoon and i haven't seen her since. She is on heat at the minute and we have only had her 2 days. Will she come back? i haven't slept and both me and my partner have been searching and calling her since. i'm so uspet and worried about her, i just dont know what to do :(

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 24, 2012:

Satellite Tracking for pets sounds like a great idea Porkshire. How much does it cost?

Porkshire on February 24, 2012:

Now we have satellite tracking systems for our kittens and pups

Stay thirsty my friends

Dos Equis

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 21, 2012:

Hi Franciscafox, I am glad your cats have such a loving home. Clearly you miss them a lot when you are away, but I am sure your Hubby takes good care of them too :)

franciscafox on February 21, 2012:

ive a cat namely Shadow, Artemio and Neelix. Shadow is the sweetest, she always stays at home with me and thoughful, sometimes she comes right to the door when she hears me coming, Artemio is the boring one, he goes out stays under our neighbor's car the whole day but comes back home at night to eat and sleep beside me. Neelix is the hunk one, always chasing other female cats and sometimes never comes home for days and sometimes comes home with scratch. i love my cats but i miss them, because i work overseas and i couldn't bring them. my husband takes cares of them though.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 13, 2012:

They do manage to worry us all sick don't they. We just have to hope that in most cases they will saunter back in as happy as ever without leaving us worrying for too long.

.............. on February 13, 2012:

poor cats I wish they don't go away like my cat he was a boy and he was not comeing back for a long time but I have one cat but not two

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 09, 2012:

Definitely get the RSPCA and PetLog's help, they could be a Godsend. Also getting a legal letter sent to her is a great move, and I for one would be pretty disgusted by the Vet's actions on this matter and would write to the local papers to say so. You never know, they might publish the letter and lose the surgery business as a result. They may even be interested in doing a story on you getting your cat back, and this all helps get things moving.

Definitely take this to court if you have to, and steal your cat back if you can.

Do let me know what happens, I so hope you get her back okay.

Edit: As you are in the UK you might try reporting the vet to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons too, as they are the organisation who vets have to be a member of in order to legally practice. (MRCVS after a vet's name means, "Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons").

Senka on February 09, 2012:

Hi, my sleepless nights will not stop as I have not done anything yet. I took the letter into the vet surgery yesterday for a woman who has my cat but it was thrown away in the bin, because the vet surgery does not want to get involved!

I called their main manager this morning to tell her the whole story and to complain and she apologised. I told her that I was treated like a criminal while all what I want is what belongs to me-my cat. I may be able to send RSPCA through the Petlog, because they have been very helpful. The Petlog has woman's details and are willing to cooperate. Meantime, my friend, trainee solicitor is drafting a letter to be sent to that woman's address. She will need to return the cat or face the legal action. I hope my little cat will soon be with me. Thanks for your advice. I will have to draft a poster with my cat's details, put it through the letter boxes, on the park's gate and the trees. That may help.


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 07, 2012:

Oh Senka, that sounds so frustrating all round. I would be after blood if I were in your shoes. Hopefully the legal letter will put the fear of God up her and she will hand your cat back. Meanwhile, try putting posters up all over that neighbourhood, saying "Stolen, My Cat, Have You Seen This Cat" and a photo if you have one. Sounds like a shite vet if he takes that attitude, the vet I worked for had no such qualms.

Try going to the library if you have her surname and a street. She is probably on the electorate role, and you can get her exact address this way.

Please do let me me know how things pan out for you.

Senka on February 07, 2012:

Dear Misty,

thank you for your help. I went to the Police, and they told me that the law is different for cats. They cannot just go into the house to 'retake' her, while they would be able to do it with the dog.

They gave me a phone number for RSPCA. I called them but they could not give any advice. They sent me to CAB (Citizens Advice Biro). I went there today. They sent me to the solicitor. The solicitor gave me the details of another solicitor. Another solicitor would not deal with this. They sent me to the court to collect a small claim court form, which is what I did. The women on Saturday mentioned the name of the road where she lives. I went around walking and knocking 150 doors with the cats photo in my hand. No person was able to help. My friend who is a trainee solicitor has a friend who is solicitor, who will draft a letter that will be forwarded to the woman, who has a cat. The letter will ask her kindly to return the cat, and if not, I will take legal proceedings. This cat was deprived from seeing a vet for 4 years and has a history of medical problems. The vet said that he did what he had to do, give me this womans phone number, but I do not have her address. The vet said that it is not his responsibility to keep an animal in the vet's surgery. I personally do not know where she lives, but hey, I will take legal proceedings unless she returns the cat back. Thank you for your help.


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 06, 2012:

Hi Susan, I assume you are using the Feliway Plug In diffuser, which is really great by the way. They also do a spray which you can use to spray on bedding, in baskets, around the home etc, which works well. By the way it isn't really 'drugging your cats' as all it does is mimic the pheromone given off by a mother cat which is why it relaxes them, because it is the same safe feeling they had as kittens under their mother's care. The best other advice I can give you is contained in another hub I wrote called How to Introduce a Cat/Kitten to your Existing Cats. I recommend you have a read of it as the ideas there may well solve your problem. The link is:


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 06, 2012:

Hi Senga,

Well in that case I would call the Police and see where you stand. In fact if they won't help I would go to her house and refuse to leave until she either hands the cat over, or calls the Police herself. They will then probably have a chat with her about the sense it makes to hand over the cat to the rightful owner.

When this incident happened to a lady at the Vets I used to work for we kept the cat until the rightful owner collected it. Have you tried contacting the Vet to see if the cat has any follow up appointments due and ask if he can keep the cat until you arrive to collect it if she has?

I really hope you get your cat back again. Do let me know how you get on. You could always steal the cat back again if you see it outside in the garden or on the street if all else fails.

Susan Crow on February 06, 2012:

Hi your storys were great. I searched for some advice regarding our cat. When I moved in with my boyfriend who is a farmer I also brought my cat to join his cat that is a 8year old neutered Tom. My cat Kurt is very layed back but if pushed has to be the boss and Thomas(boyfriends cat)is very anti social and very timid. When Kurt came we locked him in and then one day introduced him to Thomas- this resulted in Thomas running away but popping back for food. Eventually however he vanished until my boyfriend was working in the fields and found him, Thomas followed him home. He stayed for a while and we tried to coax him in but eventually went again. The next time we saw him several weeks later we caught him and locked him inside with a litter tray and bought a plug in that relaxes cats. Thomas slept on my head for over a week and would not leave us alone which was totally out of character but even though he was really happy and content as soon as we let him out he was off again. This happed several times until the last time when Thomas and Kurt slept on the same bed together and seamed to be ok with each other. Thomas got out and even tried to come back in but Kurt thought he was after his food and chased him, that was 4 months ago and we have not seen him in all that time(even though we have looked everywhere and gone to all his usual hunting grounds) On Saturday evening we were travelling home and as we frequently did talked about Thomas and my boyfried said that he thought that Thomas probably had been killed or crawled under a bush to die- we were both very sad. Next day however we saw a black cat tail disapear into a garden and as I jumped out of the car I saw Thomas!! I shouted him and he meiowed back frantically but would not come over. Later that night we went to look for him on foot and shouted him and he came running over- my boyfriend picked him up carried him in fed him and last night he slept on my head. He has used his litter tray and slept all day and wanted us to cuddle up to all the time. He always hungry when he returns but very healthy and immaculate. Can anybody please shed some light on this and give me some advice on what to do to sort this out as it is heartbreaking when he goes(and I cant help feeling a little responsible as it was me that brought Kurt!!) My plan is(please advice) that I turn on the plug in again(done) and give him a couple of days to relax then lock up the cat flaps and keep both cats together until they make friends(hopefully while they are under the influence of plugin-drugging my cats- Im so bad) then when they are friends let them out and then Thomas will have nothing to not come back to if you know what I mean?. He always trys to come back in after his house arrest but one little growl off Kurt and we dont see him again. Can anyone think of either reasons, success stories of similar or just some advice which doesn't involve rehoming one of them as not an issue

Thanks so much

Senka on February 06, 2012:


I saw my cat on Thursday. Brandy was poorly with an eye infection. This lady has a house full of animals. The cat has not seen vet for 4 years and apparently lived in a garden for a year!!! I crosses my mind that no person tried to call RSPCA and apprently they all thought that my cat was a stray. My cat did not want to go to a living person for a year, which makes me think that she was stolen. She recognised me and came to me for cuddles and strokes. She is poorly with the infection which she could have got from her cats and a dog and I am not sure that the conditions she lives in at the moment are clean. My cat cried when I left and this is a reason I want her back. I should have taken her straight away, because this lady does not want to give her back. I let her know that if she does not give her back I will have to call police and take her away. That is an advice I was given. I cannot believe she kept a chipped cat for such a long time without checking who her owner is and if the cat is chipped. This cat was stolen and I know that for sure. This is a warning to all the owners. There are people around who steal cats and then keep them thinking that they can do so. I will fight until I get her back. Sad owner

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 05, 2012:

Hi Senka,

Well you need to weigh this up quite carefully first. Ask yourself a few key questions, e.g. if the cat is now settled with this lady, then would it be fair to take the cat back again, after all, you are just a distant memory to her if she even recalls you at all after 4 years? Is the lady giving the cat a good home? Is where she lives a better environment for the cat's safety etc?

If you are still determined you want her back then you need to speak to your local SPCA shelter and see if they can advise you on where you stand in terms of getting your cat back legally according to your local laws. You should have an advantage by the microchip being registered to you I would have thought.

Worst case scenario I would steal the cat back when she is outside and take her back home, and get her used to being indoors for a couple of weeks before risking letting her out again. Hopefully she will then stay put, and the woman can hardly get her back from you if she is registered to you via her chip.

Senka on February 05, 2012:


the vet called me yesterday to let me know that my cat, lost 4 years ago, turned up in the vet surgery with an eye infection. She was found by one of the residents 4 years ago, and finally brought in after 4 years. She leaved as a stray for a year. I was two minutes away and popped in to see her. She was every so cute but poorly. I decided to go back home and prepare things for her. I called the woman today, but she will not give me the cat back. The cat is chipped. What do I do?


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 18, 2012:

Hi Chuckie, do try reading my other article on how to find your missing cat, as it may help you find her. The link is in the 'links section' at the end of this article.

Good luck, I hope you find her.

Chuckie on January 18, 2012:

Hi, i recently had my father let out one of our kittens, well she was almost a year old outside around noon about 4 days ago.It has been really bad and nasty outside with rain/snow etc. If we would not let her out she would whine and cry a fit,ven attack you and claw you up.Well i now am having bumps form all over ym body and have no idea what this could be,doctors said common warts but i dont believe the morons because the doctor is a college grad area if you ask me and they know nothing yet.Im still trying to find out what this is but as for right now im worried sick what could have happened to my cat? She loved water and we have sewers close by and as i mentioned it did rain pretty bad to where you could hear the water gushing.Going on day 5 now still she has yet to come home.My guess is either a Hawk got ahold of her,or a dog but last time my neighbors dog got ahold of her and she escaped thankfully to me and my father running thourgh the yard yelling at the dog to drop her and she ran up a tree pissing on everything.Its got me so worried and sick i cant take it much anymore.My life is so miserable let alone to have one of my bestest animals to come up missing :(.She was such a awesome cat that knew how to swim,play fetch,play dead and so much more.She is a white and black female cat,really small for her size.Goes by the name of oreo.If anyone lives in columbus,ohio please return her home where she belongs.My phone number can be reached at 614 278-2444

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 12, 2012:

You can live a long time in prison too, but that doesn't mean you are truly fulfilled and happy. Cats still wander off, even when neutered, (my cats are always neutered and I agree they all should be). I am also a former vets employee, and whilst I wouldn't say indoor cats are unhappy, that does not mean they would not have been fitter, healthier and happier if allowed to follow their natural behaviour and roam free, bask in the sunshine, climb trees etc. After all, we don't keep our children locked indoors throughout their lives because we believe it is 'cruel' to let them out, yet they are at risk, of being run over, abducted, murdered, raped etc etc. Certainly where I live there is no such thing as a 'kill shelter', and in any case my cats are microchipped so they will always be returned to me.

Fair enough if you move house and take your cats to a place where you are by a major road, (and you know if you let them out they are at a high risk of being run over), then I can understand you might feel a need to convert them to being house cats. If you are thinking of getting a pet though, and your plan is to get a cat and keep it indoors all its life, I would strongly suggest changing your mind about having a cat and get a house rabbit instead, (they will still sit on your lap and enjoy being petted).

The only sane person here on January 11, 2012:

For Chrissakes people, KEEP. YOUR CAT. INDOORS.

Oh, you have a cat that you let roam for days at a time, spoiling up other people's yards (where do you think they're doing their "business?"), yowling at all hours of the night (because you didn't care about them to get them spayed/neutered), and then want to act all sad when poor dear kitty doesn't come home?! That's insanity!

And before anyone cries "But cats need to be outside! They need to roam! You're a cat hater!!" No, all of that is untrue. I love cats and have had cats live to the ripe old age of 22 years, as they were kept HAPPILY indoors, given regular vet care, and spayed and neutered. If you're idiotic and cruel enough to leave your cat outdoors, then you should be ready to accept the fact that your cat is going to be run over, stolen, poisoned, or taken to the friendly local kill shelter.

Wake up.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 02, 2012:

Hi Kayleigh, did you try reading my other article:


This should offer you the best advice.

I hope she comes back or you find her soon.

Good Luck


KayleighLovesMyCatSmudge on January 02, 2012:

my cat is half wild and we haven't seen her for at least 6 days im really worried about her i have just put some food out for her and im hoipping she will smell it and come back in but so far no luck we keep calling her name my mum thinks its the fire works might of scared her and shes probley just ssleeping please i would love ur advise xxxx

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on January 01, 2012:

Hi charlotte, I really hope Matrix comes home again quickly. You could read my other article on how to find your missing cat if he doesn't turn up again soon, (the link is in the text of this article).

Good Luck

charlotte on January 01, 2012:

i dont know where my cay matrix is but the last time he went out he got stuck in a tree so my dad got him out and i really want his soft fur on my knee again! xxx :(

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 13, 2011:

That is comforting to know. At least he didn't die alone somewhere by the side of a road. They must have been very decent people and it is a shame there is no way for you to get in touch with them to say thank you, unless the vet can put them in touch with you.

Miss my DuoDuo on December 13, 2011:

Hi Misty

thanks for your thoughts. We had phone call this morning from the out of hour vet. We were told that a couple came on Saturday claimed it was their cat then paid for cremation. I think it must have been the couple who reported the incident on Friday night. They cared him and even came next day to check how he was. I would like to thank them. DuoDuo should be happy as at his last hours he was taken care of by someone with big hearts.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 12, 2011:

I am so pleased he came home alive Linda, and I am sure he will get on great with your new kitten in time. If you have any problems I did write an article on introducing a new kitten to your existing cats that you might also find helpful. A good start though is to buy a 'Feliway' plug in, and in fact this might help your cat recover from his recent ordeal as well. My other article can be found if you go to : https://hubpages.com/animals/Introducing-a-New-Kit...

Linda on December 12, 2011:

My microchipped cat was injured in a road accident two years ago. a vet was called to the scene and the next morning my vet called me to say she had picked up my cat. He had brain damage, broken spine, torn knee ligaments and basically had to be rebuilt at great cost. the front foreleg consequently then only had limited movement due to lack of nerve regeneration. He survived and his character changed. He never then ventured very far. In November this year he didn't return home and after seeing a dead cat in the road whos fur resembeled my cat presumed he had died and his lives ran out. My now five year old cat was replaced by a kitten and would you beleive after 20 days he turned up at my back door his leg haf hanging off which had gone gangrenous. He is recovering from his amputation as i write. It has been the most distressing episode and when he is much better some serious introductions of new kitten and cat will take place despite they both know eaach other exist. I still cant quite beleive the situation or where my cat could have gone to be so injured, but as my mother who grew up on a farm with lots of cats, would say 'never underestimate the powers of reoovery of a cat! physcholgically i hope he gets over it.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 12, 2011:

I am so sorry to hear about DuoDuo, I know how terribly painful this must be, especially not knowing for sure if it was DuoDuo or not. I hope for your peace of mind you do find out one way or the other for certain.

To answer your question about my Reggie, well, I haven't totally got over it, and I am not sure you ever can. He is not the first pet I have lost, and no doubt he won't be the last. It always hurts. You might find my hub https://hubpages.com/health/My-Beloved-Dog-Died-Ye... helpful, especially as there are two wonderful verses at the end that are incredibly comforting to anyone who has lost either a dog or a cat.

By the way, your cat is the spitting image of our neighbours cat, only he is called Dexter and spends loads of his time with our cats.

I wish you well.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 05, 2011:

A cat can find its way back from many miles away, although I would still suggest reporting your neighbour to the Police for this action. I hope you can trust him to be telling you the truth now, and for the life of me I cannot see how a cat would 'destroy his plants' or 'other things' in his yard, what is it a tiger?

Anyway, if he is telling the truth, then there is a very good chance your cat will turn up again in a few days. We have had a cat go missing about 4 miles from home before now (outside a vets surgery from a cardboard box). In spite of having traveled to the the vets by car in the box, and escaping outside the surgery on the way out, the cat still turned up at home a few days later, right as rain, not even hungry. They have a brilliant in built compass. Traffic and dogs would be my concern, not them finding their way back.

I hope he does return, and I hope your neighbour gets punished for this cruel act.

jolie on December 05, 2011:

hey my neighbor admitted to taking our cat a mile away and leaving him at an apt complex. He told us the cat destroyed his plants and other things in his backyard. Will a cat know his way back home if he is a mile away? We cant find him at the apts.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 05, 2011:

Thanks 'unknown' the pictures are all my cats, although sadly the all black one (Reggie) got run over and killed on Easter Saturday 2011. We still have Ronnie (the first picture) and Squish, (the one with more white on her) though. We love them dearly.

UNKNOWN on December 05, 2011:

The cat Pictures are so cute!

The 1st one looks kike my cat.

I am mad on cats


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 18, 2011:

That is fabulous news Tinkerbell, I am so pleased for you. Cats are amazing creatures, and I am sure she has done an excellent job of looking after herself, and will do in the future. Truly I am delighted by your good news :)

tinkerbell64 on November 18, 2011:

Thanks for talking me through this! I am so happy to report she came home tonight!! I'm so relieved. I couldn't stop looking for her. She seems a little dazed, but happy to be here and a little hungry... yet when she came in, she wasn't wet at all and there was snow on the ground... so strange, I do wish I had a camera attached to her so I could see where she's been. I guess it will be her little secret and I just hope she doesn't do that again! My heart can't take it. You are right, a good quality of life, their happiness, is most important.

Thanks again!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 18, 2011:

Well I do wish you luck Tinkerbell, a year and a half is not old, and my female (spayed) cat is nearly four years old now and only started going out for long periods of time this Summer. I do however agree that clearly you have far greater predators that are a risk to cats, but at least a cat can run up a tree, so hopefully this is not why she is missing. It is not a bad thing you let your cats out, although a risk. Quality of life is always the most important thing. Hopefully she will be back within a day or two.

tinkerbell64 on November 18, 2011:

Hi, we live in a remote area. We have a few neighbors, lots of wild animals- coyotes, owls, wolves, etc. :( she is 1 and 1/2 yrs. old, she is spayed, she loves going outside, there is no way to keep her in for too long... she stays out all night sometimes, but always has showed back up by morning. She is not microchipped however. We have asked the neighbors, and I knew that it was a risk you take letting your cats out but I feel they are happier that way, especially some cats... you just couldn't keep her inside. My other female, 8 yrs., is happy just being inside or sitting outside on the porch for a few minutes, that is the extent of her wandering now that she is older. It has been two days now, I just keep praying she will show up. If I leave food out, my dog will get it :/ unless I find somewhere to put it up high. I was glad to find this thread, it helped me a lot to remember that cats do wander for long periods, I once had a neutered male gone for two months, finally I found him about a quarter mile away under an old broken down pickup, in a place where there were a lot of strays. So there is still hope! Thanks... I'll keep you posted.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 18, 2011:

Hi tinkerbell64, I do hope she comes back soon. Is she a young cat, is she spayed and most importantly is she microchipped? If she is young she may just be reaching an age where she starts to wander for longer periods of time. If she isn't spayed she could be in season and looking for a male, and if she is microchipped at least you have not been contacted to say anything nasty has happened to her. 24 hours is not long really, so I would give it another few days before really worrying, and in the meantime leave out some food for her. You could also then start calling around some local vets and rescue centres just in case her microchip was missed on a scan, or if she didn't have one at all for some reason.

Good Luck :)

tinkerbell64 on November 17, 2011:

My female cat went out yesterday and has been gone over 24 hrs. She has never been gone this long, she always roams just not this long, I am worried she hopped into someone's vehicle, or encountered a dangerous animal... wish she would just show up at the front door. My daughter and I are heartbroken and worried.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 04, 2011:

Don't worry yet Jennifer, honestly I have had my cats vanish for four or five days at a time and still turn up just fine. They are excellent at finding shelter and don't feel the cold like we do. Do let me know if/when he turns up okay.

Jennifer on November 04, 2011:

Hello, Onyx still hasn't returned. I'm worried,especially since it rained last night and turned cold and windy. I even his food out on the front porch area of my apartment. Haven't seen hide or hair of him.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 03, 2011:

I really hope he turns up Jennifer, it is early days yet so don't worry too much just yet. He is probably exploring and will soon be back. Please let me know if he comes back okay. Good Luck

Jennifer on November 03, 2011:

My sweet, black Bombay cat Onyx left this morning around 9 something in our apartment complex. He's gotten out once but not for very long and we heard him scratching on the front door. We've looked all over today and haven't seen hide or hair of him.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 03, 2011:

I am sorry she isn't back yet Charissa. Have you tried calling the local vets surgeries and rescue shelters in case she has been injured and taken in?

Charissa on November 03, 2011:

Nothing so far, tonight will be 1 week since she left. We put out food but the neighbor cat ate it.

We are putting up signs today. I hope she isn't trapped in a garage somewhere and hasn't been able to eat all week :(

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 29, 2011:

Please do, that would be great Charissa. Hopefully the news will be good :)

Charissa on October 29, 2011:

Thank you so much! I will keep you posted :)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 29, 2011:

Hi Charissa, I so hope she comes back soon. This is a normal age for them to start staying out for days at a time, and most likely she will be back in a day or so. You could try leaving out some food to attract her back. Above all else, do get her chipped when she returns :)

Re-the vomiting, don't panic, mine do this when they have gobbled their food too fast all the time'

Charissa on October 29, 2011:

HI Misty!

I have been so relieved to read your funny stories about your cats. My husband and I have a cat 1 year and 7 months old who went outside like usual the night before last (just before bedtime) and we haven't seen her since.

I told him it could be that she is just now old enough to start staying away for longer than 1 night. What worries me most is we found that she had vomited her food 2 days before she left and the day before, but both times went right back to the bowl for more... I'm hoping she isn't sick somewhere. She isn't chipped, (pretty sure we will get her chipped when we find her).

Thanks for your heartwarming stories, you've lessened my worries a bit :) (I'm a dog person, so living with a cat has been a new experience for me)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 29, 2011:

I will keep my fingers crossed for you worriedsick. At least he can be identified, so right now no news is good news. Hopefully he will just wander in unphased in the next day or so. Do let me know!

Good Luck

worriedsick on October 28, 2011:

I really enjoyed reading your stories and feeling some comfort in hearing others that have had their little loved ones go missing. My handsome cat, Theory, has been away from home for about 30 hours now- he usually checks in and out of the house all throughout the day. I am very worried. We always try to keep him in at night because any time he has gotten out in the past he comes home with cuts, scrapes, and sometimes a very hefty vet bill follows. He is so smart, and such little darling, a true member of our family- but not very street smart. He is tattooed though, so I hope I hear something soon.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 26, 2011:

Hi Tilly, Oh I so understand your worry, especially with Bonfire Night approaching, but try not to worry too much. I am optimistic Jinx will return, oblivious to the worry he has caused you. Try putting some smelly food out e.g. Tuna, to attract him home again.

Tilly. on October 26, 2011:

I'm so glad to hear of the cats who have returned home safe and sound.

My 5 year old cat, Jinx, went missing 4 days ago now. He is chipped and we have placed posters on lamp posts and posted some through letter boxes, handing the rest to shops and the building sites to display for us. With us still going out twice a day and in the night when it's quiet and still.

As much as I try to stay positive and to keep everyone else hopeful with sayings like "there is no "IF" he comes home, only "WHEN" he returns" I can't help but worry with Halloween and Bonfire Night drawing closer. Especially with the terrible stories you hear of animals and those nights.

Jinx rarely goes far and he's very timid, I did put on he's "frightened not feral" to stress this to people who may (hopefully) find him.

Starting to really fret about him now though.

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