just before dark I went to set my traps. I placed one at the home
of the neighbor where Buzz was spotted last Saturday morning (3rd
house on left of this street) and one in the yard where the strays
are fed (1st house on the left of this street). I was talking
with the lady who feeds the strays when the lady who lives in
the middle house (2nd house on the left of this street) called
her to say she saw Buzz go in the back yard of the house across
the street from both of them. She knew I was still there as I
had talked to her just minutes before while she was out working
in her yard. I grabbed a can of kitty treats that I had with my
stash of supplies and walked to the house where this lady saw
Buzz. I looked around and finally spotted him sitting under an
evergreen tree in the backyard. He carefully watched me shaking
the can of treats and let me get rather close before running to
the house next door. I lost sight of him momentarily as it was
a little hilly here. When we finally spotted each other again
he started meowing and meowing and meowing!! At that moment, I
was 100% sure this all black cat was indeed the ever so elusive
Buzz who had been missing for 46 days now! We were probably 50
feet away from each other and I was afraid to approach him further
for fear he'd run into a wooded area behind this house. I started
tossing cats treats to him and then started scattering them closer
to me also. He started eating them right away. He was starving!
I sat on the ground and continued tossing and scattering the cat
treats. He got close enough to me that I could touch him! I picked
him up once but he pulled away from me. I threw out more treats.
Finally I couldn't stand it any longer and just decided to grab
him the best I could and not let go. The lady who feeds the strays
went and got her cat carrier while I took Buzz into the garage
of the lady who lives next door to her. We shut the garage door.
He started purring right away!!!! I'll never forget that purring!
He hasn't stopped yet either!
got Buzz safely in the cat carrier and went to disable the traps.
I hope to never have to see one again! Can you believe I actually
caught a squirrel in one earlier today? I left one of the traps
set at the house of the lady who feeds the strays baited all day
today and just kept checking it. He ignored the stuff nearby for
raccoons and possums that I would have thought he'd prefer.
walked in the door with Buzz just before 9 pm. My husband looked
at the carrier and said, "What is that?" I said, "What
do you think!" He was so shocked! The kids were excited also.
I opened the carrier in the mudroom with the door closed and only
myself in there. I didn't want all of the excitement to stress
him out! He went straight for the food and water. Since the return
of Buzz he has gone back and forth between us and his food. He
also hasn't stopped meowing. He has tried to sleep several times
but can't seem to relax or sit still. It seems as though the moment
he falls asleep something wakes him up.
Buzz and Cosmo have a lot of making up to do. Right now Cosmo
is hiding on top of my kitchen cabinets. They have gotten into
it some and my husband remarked that it appears Buzz has picked
up something while out on the street. I hope they become best
buddies again. Probably with time this will get better.
is in good shape considering his ordeal. He looks about half his
size. He has places in his coat that are thinner. Other than that
though he looks great! I am taking him to the vet first thing
tomorrow morning just to be sure. Buzz survived 46 days during
which it snowed, rained, hail, 50+ mph winds, tornado watches,
and several thunderstorms! The temps ranged as low as 15-20 degrees
and on warmer days it was in the 80s. Nighttimes averaged in the
low to mid 30s.
BUZZ IS HOME !!!!! I can't thank you enough. Without your help
it would have never been possible. Thank you so, so very much.
is late here and I'm going to try to sleep. I'll check back tomorrow.
Hope you can make sense out of my ramblings. The important part:
Buzz is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can't believe. I
could not have done it without your support, encouragement, and
advice. THANK YOU!!!