I want my cat

Dot writes: Tibby went out very early this morning – before I got up, in fact, as, unusually, Ken went downstairs before me – and he hasn’t come back. His breakfast is untouched in his bowl. I have called in the garden and called up and down the lane but he hasn’t come. I am sad and worried.


7 thoughts on “I want my cat

  1. laura

    Ken knows a lot about what to do when a cat goes missing. Tibby might have gone round the neighborhood to look for new friends. I feel certain he will return, even more wordly and wiley. Today is National Cat Day in America – the little song is, “The Cat Came Back.” Give your neighbors notice and keep posting any news for the rest of us.

  2. I’m sorry! I know letting cats outdoors is better for their mental health, but I don’t have the emotional fortitude to let my Inexplicably Loved Cat outside. I’m too scared he’ll get eaten by a coyote or hit by a car.

    Still, chances are that some other family thought he was cute and let him in for a snack, or he was picked up as a stray. Is he microchipped?

      1. Dot

        One possibility I’ve considered is that he may have gone into the next door neighbours’ house and got trapped, since they seem to have gone away. But that’s assuming they hadn’t noticed he was there. I do find it strange that he didn’t come back for breakfast. That’s very unlike him.

        He is microchipped, so if he is picked up by the Cats’ Rescue or taken to a vet we should hear of him, but if he is just visiting someone or trapped in a shed somewhere we have to hope to get news on the neighbourhood grapevine. Ken has put leaflets through doors this morning asking people to check sheds and garages and to contact us if they find him.

        I would never previously have worried about letting a cat out; growing up that would have been a completely alien idea. Cats like to forage and explore and hunt: that’s what they do. But these days I know enough people who don’t let their cats out that I start to doubt our decision to let Tib be an outdoor cat. I wish it didn’t arise; if anything has happened to him I shall feel guilty as well as sad, when I know that he is much happier and healthier running about and that we have always made sure to let him out the back only, where he is a good long way from the roads. (The back lane is a private lane that runs behind the houses and has almost no traffic on it.)

  3. laura

    Good that you went for the microchip. Still, the other things you metnion sound like real possibilities. Before I adopted my first cat, I had a roommate with a cat. When the roommate left for vacation, I was supposed to care for her “Judy.” Judycat didn’t like the arrangement and escaped through an open window while I was at work. Over a week I walked my neighborhood calling, “Judy!” On day six, I walked and listened without calling. That’s when I heard the little “meow” coming from my neighbors’ shed. My guess: Judy felt “lost” and, though it was easy to leave the shed, she must have experienced a panic when her owner was out of town. She wanted to hide. Once in the shed, she bunkered down for a long wait. The good news was that, eventually, Judycat came to me as I whistled near the side of the locked shed. I picked her up and carried her home. The shed itself was less than 30 yards from the open window Judy might have returned through.

    In any event, thanks for the latest. Here’s hoping Tibby doesn’t stay away too much longer!

  4. oh no that’s awful. Hope he’ll return. We once lost our hamster and he did return, grey as a mouse and very thin. And I’m now wondering if we should let our kittens be outdoor cats (which is the plan, though they’re still a bit young to start their outdoor lives). Here’s hoping.

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