so much for your website with valuable information. I used the information
in the site to find our lost cat. Here's our story.
our 16 year old (!!) cat escaped out of a garage door left open
on March 9. Gabby was a barn kitty her first two years of life,
an indoor/outdoor cat for a few more years and an indoor only cat
for the past 11 years.
always had an urge to go outside, especially when lured by the smell
of Spring. [NOTE:
Spring always brings an increase in wayward kitties! Gabby is not
alone.] We are usually there to quickly shoo her back inside.
She is declawed on the front feet so we never left her outside alone
and never more than a few steps from the door.
I couldn't sleep March 9 and couldn't figure out why. I got up and
remembered that I forgot to leave some food out for Gabby (as I
usually do) and then it occurred to me that I hadn't seen Gabby
all evening. She's an old couch potato so it isn't unusual for
her to be upstairs hiding out all evening in some cushy location.
a midnight search of the house, I began to get a strong feeling
that she was not in the house. I suspected one of the kids had left
the garage door to the house open that afternoon and she'd escaped.
I put some food outside the front door just in case and tried to
get some sleep. The next morning, I printed up fliers, passed them
around, walked the neighborhood and talked to as many neighbors
as I could find. Called animal control...vets' offices...That night
I put more food out in several spots around the yard.
was, as you say, as if she had vanished into thin air.
next day, I distributed fliers to vets' offices, walked the neighborhood
and bought a humane trap to try to trap her (as you suggested
though never had to use it). Well, that evening around 6 pm, our
next door neighbor came to the door and said he thought he'd found
our cat. I instinctively asked, "Is she alive?" because she's very
old...he looked surprised at that question and said "Yes"...
over and in his garage, hiding behind his motorcycle, way in the
back was Gabby. It took about a minute to coax her out and she was
fine. Neighbor said he never heard her meow (she can but never has
meowed...she is basically a silent kitty) She had been hiding there
for 2 days.
just as you said, she was within 1-5 houses from our home. I guess
their garage was open when she got locked out of ours. She came
home, ate just a bit of tuna and went to sleep on the guest bed.
She was a little jumpy that evening but is fine now.
you so much for the information and website. And
a note to anyone with an old cat just because your old cat
is missing does not mean he/she has gone off to die. I had several
people tell me this and I knew that Gabby had really just stepped
out for fresh air!!