Story: Back Home with Buddy
October 27, 2002 missing 2 days.
Knowledge of frightened indoor-only cat behavior
helps to quickly reunite Newton with his family.
9 year old indoor-only cat Newton disappeared a couple of
days ago when my husband opened the door to go to work at
4:00 in the morning. It was storming and it continued all
day... He couldn't skip work, he left. Under the rain I started
searching, calling. That went on for hours. I came home and
made up some fliers, asked around, no one had seen him. I
searched by myself all day long and then after my husband
came home, we searched some more. During this time, the sliding
door was opened enough for him to get in if he came back.
At night I searched until 3:00 AM. On and off and looking
out the windows when I was in... My eyes were almost swollen
shut from crying... so worried about him. I didn't know where
else to look.
I started searching the internet. I wanted to know how easy
or difficult it would be for him to find his way home. I was
trying to find information on cats' sense of direction. That's
when I saw your article Psychology and the Missing Cat.
It made all the sense in the world to me. I had done some
things right, but I also was doing some things wrong. With
renewed hope after reading your article I decided to get some rest
and try your searching tips when it was clear out. (I hadn't
slept in over 24 hrs.)
I found him within 10 minutes only a few feet away from our
home, where I had "looked" and CALLED his name out loud 20-30
times before. (I did call his name this time but only once
in a while and with a very soothing and low voice and very
faintly he did respond.)
want to thank you so much for helping me find Newton. Psychology
and the Missing Cat is so well written and informative
that in my mind you get all the credit...When I set foot out
the door that last time to look for him, I just knew I was
going to find him. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May God
bless you and your loved ones always.
eternally grateful reader,
my husband, our Labrador Retriever Buddy, who's tail almost fell
off when he saw his friend, and of course Newton himself who seems
soooooooooooo happy to be back home.
and Buddy. . .what a happy reunion!
forgot to tell you that I found him underneath a tree trunk with
lots of branches on top, behind my apartment... scared to death.
Just like you said!
I asked Marta if Newton came out on his own from beneath the tree
trunk, or did she have to go to him, and she replied:
didn't come out on his own. I went to him very, very slowly. He
let me pick him up, no problem. It looked to me that he wanted
to be rescued! While I was carrying him home, I tripped and fell
(scraped my knee) and not even then did he seem to want to get
out of my arms. He actually held on to me.
can't believe he was only a few feet away and didn't come on his
still amazes me every time I hear this story.
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