My cat went missing

by Helene U. Taylor
(London, UK)

My lovely cat, sleeping in the garden.

My lovely cat, sleeping in the garden.

My lovely cat, sleeping in the garden.
My beautiful brown tabby cat.
Isn't he just adorable?
My lovely cat poses for last year's Christmas card.

Hi, I'd like to tell you the story about when my tabby cat went missing, so here it is: my cat was borne in November 2001 and I got him from a charity together with his sister who unfortunately disappeared in early 2004.

He has always been a very loving cat and has never been away from home more than half a day, usually only a few hours at the time. I have a cat flap in my back door, and he is free to come and go as he wants to, day and night. He always calls me when he arrives through the cat flap – as to say “I’m home,
where are you?” and I always answer him, well, that is if I am home and awake!

But one Sunday in March 2010 he went out as usual in the afternoon and was out the whole day. He didn’t even come home while I was making dinner, which is very unusual, because my cat knows the time, he knows when it’s around 7:30 and I usually start cooking my dinner. If I am late getting started, he will usually come and find me and sit in front of me, staring at me as if to say “don’t you know what time it is?!”

If I make a move, he will be up on his feet before I know it, heading for the kitchen. If I don’t follow, he will be back after a few minutes, sitting down in front of me again and resume the staring tactic until I give in and follow him into the kitchen! The reason for all this is because while I make my own dinner, he always gets his second meal of the day – just the same old cat food he gets for breakfast, but that doesn’t seem to make a difference; it’s the highlights of the day every time I get the tin out of the fridge :-)

Back to that Sunday in March; he didn’t turn up for dinner, and he didn’t turn up later in the evening, which is very unusual – he always lies in my lap while I watch TV after my dinner. And when I went to bed and he hadn’t turned up I knew something was wrong. I hoped he would be home the next morning, but he wasn’t, and I went out regularly in the garden calling for him, in case he had been in a fight and was too hurt to come home.

After a week I made a poster with a photo of him and printed up enough copies for all the houses that have a garden into the square I live in, in all 4 streets, nearly 60 in total, and my son went and put them through people’s doors. No one called unfortunately, and I tried to prepare myself for the fact that this would be the second cat going missing.

This is the thing about having cats; it is a risky life being a cat in a big city, the main hazard being created by cars. So as a cat owner I realise that there are certain elements that I have no control over what happens to my cat every time he leaves through the cat flap. I have no idea where he goes, how far he goes, what he does, if he visits other people and if he eats other people’s food...all these things are entirely up to my cat, I have no control over it – but I would really like to know!

One thing I do know is that my cat occasionally visits a man who uses a very nice aftershave! Whenever he comes home smelling of that aftershave, at least I do know he has been back there, although I have no idea who that man is and where he lives of course. I also think my cat visits someone who feeds cats, or perhaps set out food to the foxes, which some people actually do!! I can tell by the amount of food he eats here at home that he must have found food elsewhere too. My cat has always got dried cat foot available, I never remove it, and yet he eats less tinned food in some weeks compared to other. I am pretty sure he has found some little old lady feeding stray cats in our area, and he is lining up along with the rest of them looking as hungry as he can manage to get his share. It’s probably better and more expensive cat food than what he gets at home too!

As the weeks went by without my cat turning up my hope of ever seeing him again dwindled, and after 2 months I had no hope left at all. It was spring and warm weather, but I could see no reason why he hadn’t come home, other than if he had been injured so badly that he had been killed. During the summer I was asked by several people if I would have another cat again, but I thought it was too soon to start all over again. Besides, I would never take on an adult cat; I would only take a kitten I could bond properly with, and they are a lot of work the first year so I didn’t feel I would be able to do all that at the moment.

Then one evening, it was actually another Sunday, just as I was getting ready to go to bed I heard the cat flap slam. Not that that noise was anything unusual; every time it is a bit windy the cat flap will slam, it’s just a sound I was used to and I took no notice of it. I had been thinking of covering up the cat flap, as I obviously didn’t need it anymore, but just hadn’t got around doing it yet. So there I was, in the bathroom brushing my teeth, with the door half open, and suddenly I felt something stroking my bare leg. I literarily jumped, luckily not making a noise, as that would probably have scared what stood in front of me....because right there on my bathroom floor stood my cat, after 4 months and 3 weeks away! And he was just as affectionate as usual, he behaved just like he always used to, he looked just like he used to, wasn’t skinny at all, not even slim! And the first thing he asked for was food, then a cuddle on the sofa and then he slept in my bed the whole night and hasn’t left the house for more than a few hours at the time since then, which was August 2010. Amazing huh? :-)

I really, really would have liked to know what happened to him. What made him not come home in the first place, and what kept him from coming home all those months? Was he injured and took all this time to heal? Not very likely, he would have been very skinny, because if he couldn’t have come home he probably couldn’t have found much food either. Did someone out there take him in and adopt him so that he “forgot” about me and his home? Don’t think so, we had a great bond which seems to be exactly the same as before, so why would he have had temporarily amnesia for nearly 5 months and then suddenly remembered me again? What about this one: there is a garage in the centre of the square, right over on the other side from my garden. My cat is always lying on top of the wall at the end of my garden, looking down on their yard so he is probably a frequent guest there.

What if he climbed in to the boot of a car they had left open, and they closed it without seeing him; the owner came to pick up the car and drove home – which could have been very far away, and when they came home and opened the boot, my cat probably just ran out in panic....and then my cat spent all those months finding his way home to me. It’s just speculations of course, but my cat isn’t telling me where he has been and what he has been up to, so all I am left with is guessing. I really would have liked to know! And, more importantly, I would have liked to know so I possibly could have prevented it from happening again. I thought he was dead, and I was preparing myself for perhaps making the decision not having a cat again, to spare myself for the heartache of losing yet another cat.

I hope he is back for good :-) I hope whatever made him disappear won’t happen again, but if it did, I won’t give up hope so soon. I have seen now that he can come back after a very long time. Sadly, that didn’t happen to his sister. But whatever made him go on his excursion, something made him come back, and that’s what makes him come back here every day. A lot of people who don’t have cats say that cats only come home because they know they will get fed. That’s so not true. A cat has a bond to it’s owner similar to what it had to it’s mother; it can be a very strong bond if you cuddle and give your cat a lot of attention or it can be a weak bond if you give it less attention, but food on it’s own is not enough for a cat to keep turning up and asking for attention, if it only got food the cat would leave again as soon as it got fed and not stay and sleep and ask for your attention. My cat and I have a very strong bond, I know what he wants most of the time, and he also responds to me surprisingly well.

He knows for example that it takes me a lot longer to walk down the stairs in the morning now than it used to do, so he no longer run down the stairs to get downstairs for his breakfast. Instead he takes the stairs in my pace, waiting on the landing for me, before jumping off a few more steps, turning around and looking at me to see that I am still on my way and when I am almost down he will run off and sit outside the bathroom door waiting for me. He knows there will be no food until I have been there first! Another thing he does, which is really strange....during the night he usually sleeps on top of a work surface I have put up in the hallway right outside my bedroom, on a thick blanket. But sometime during the early hours of the morning he usually comes into my bed, as I leave the door ajar, and he will sleep the rest of the night in the foot end of my bed. But when I am in bed with a migraine, he always come and lies on my pillow, close to me. This is quite strange, because I can’t get him to do this normally, if I ask him to come and lie closer he might come and lie down for a few minutes, but then move away down to the foot end pretty soon. But when I have a migraine, he will lie next to my face, purring for hours and hours. It happens so often it can’t be a coincidence, I am sure he can sense that something is wrong with me. I quite like it and it doesn’t usually disturb me as long as I can manage to keep his tail out of my face :-)

I realise that my post is getting very long, I hope you are still reading and if you are interested in more stories from me you can go to my blog where you will find this story and many other: http://graphicality-uk.blogspot.com
Thanks for reading about when my cat went missing and came back nearly 5 months later :-)

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Oct 18, 2016
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missing my baby cleo
by: vivian

I have recently left for a weekend trip to see a veteran pal of mine which wasn't to be past the weekend and I have come back to notice that my cat doodle the male was alone. cleo had snuck past or got out somehow because she has not responded or returned and it is now reaching month 3 of her absence and it's becoming worrisome that something tragic is preventing her return.... I'm so heartbroken and it hurts to have some say she's just. cat, to find another one, but the truth is, she is more than just a cat. she's my baby. 🐱 I do hope someone is spoiling her or that even while I've catered to her, that natural instincts allowed her to live in the wild so to speak...

Dec 11, 2015
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I got my cat back after 3 months!!
by: Anonymous

If your cat is missing, don't lose hope. Search the surrounding areas and put up missing cat ads on websites like humane society and craigslist. I got a phone call on Thanksgiving after it snowed for the first time of the year of someone 2 miles away who saw my ad on Craigslist and had my cat. Simba had been hanging around their house all day and then started meowing at their door. He gave up. I am not sure why he didn't come home but it could have been our new puppy. He came back about half his body weight but nothing else wrong. It was a miracle!!

Oct 26, 2014
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Love story about
by: Inga

I.m have reader you story I. M love it about your cat I. M hope I. M lucky have my cat back she been missing for 2 week now looking for her every day night she usually when out about 3 or 5 hr she be back and called me meows meows out side door to open door for her and love thing to get thin when the time go to bad I. M wanted to sleeping immediately she get the bad be for I come some time I. M stay back she do some work late she called meow let me know hey it for bed now and then I. M answer her bed I. M be r there she s waiting for there I'm. Just hope my cat sefty came home I. M sadly. ....?

Oct 20, 2014
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Do not give up hope
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Anonymous,

I'm so sorry to read that your cat is missing.

Please do not give up hope that he will return, one day is really not long at all, see other stories on this page.

Good luck.

Larry (editor)

Oct 20, 2014
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Missing
by: Anonymous

I feel sick, my little cat, an Abyssinian Cross European went missing after I let her out around eight yesterday morning. We have only had her three months. I have four other cats and wondered if she was bullied into running away. I have been out looking, calling, and, stayed up all night wondering where she is. I have even left the kitchen window open for her, but, nothing. Even tapping her bowl with a fork has brought nothing. Yesterday, in the fields, were gun shots, all I hope is that one of the farmers hasn't shot her, it's the not knowing that is making me feel sick. Now, I have to write to her previous owner who had her for nine years to tell her what has happened, I'm dreading it.

Jun 02, 2014
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An eight-year roam.
by: Larry (editor)


Hi to all,

I've been pondering for some time whether to post a link to this story.

I think the story may be encouraging.

Cat found after eight-year roam

Of course, the odds of being reunited with a missing cat after eight years must be a million to one, but it does show never to give up hope.

The odds of finding a missing cat when you decide to adopt another must be even greater. But that does show you can, when the time is right, decide to have a new feline friend in your life and still not give up hope.

Larry (editor)


Apr 26, 2014
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Bella
by: Brenda

Back in October/November I told you all that our young cat Bella had just gone one afternoon and had not returned.Bella still has not returned although we do not give up hope that she may one day soon. In January we decided to adopt a young cat from the rescue centre named Tom. He is so lovely and has settled in so well and is a joy to have around. He has helped to heal the loss of Bella and we are moving on from that very sad period. I thought that I would write just to say that we have found it has really helped us having Tom around. We have created a strong Bond with him. You can never replace a cat and we still hope that she will return one day. But, hopefully Tom is here to stay as he has only known us and the stray centre. Bella unfortunately, was from outside and we often and also like to think that she went back to her previous family. Bella came to us from outside somewhere with a pink collar on and despite us advertising by posters and the internet, no one ever came to reclaim her. There is always the chance that she will still return. Tom was only 5 months when he came to us and no trouble at all. So calm and well behaved for a young cat. So young cats are not always hard to live with in the early months as one of the posts here believed that it might be. Good luck with your decision.

Apr 25, 2014
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Good Luck.
by: Larry (editor)


Hi Anonymous,

I'm very sorry to read that your newly adopted stray has gone missing, I know how heartbreaking that can be.

You ask if he will return, I wish I could answer yes to that but that is not possible. What I can say is that some cats do return after going missing, even after some time. You have probably read on this page about cats doing just that.

So please do not give up hope of him coming back to you. Good luck.

Larry (editor)

Apr 25, 2014
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Missing cat for 3 weeks
by: Anonymous

I adopted a 'stray" cat about 2 months ago. Had hi neutered, and he had the necessary leut. shots, and he seemed to be settling in. However, he constantly wanted to go outside, the 6 weeks after I kept him inside for 6 wks. after the neutering. Hen, on a recent warm day, I let him outside on the back doorstep. I had to go in the house, for about 10 min., leaving him on the doorstep. When I returned to the doorstep, he was gone, and, I haven't seen him since. I doput put food outside at nighttime, and, I think it is my cat who comes by for the food, as I see his gray hairs in the water, and around the cat food dish. Will my ewly adopted 2 yr. old neutered cat eventually show himself again,. I am concerned about him wandering around the woods behind my house, but, he doesn't show himself at all.

Jan 23, 2014
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i miss my best friend, Stormy Cat
by: kerry siddhartha

After 12 yrs, 3 relationships, a marriage, a divorce and a move across the country, my sweet rotten cat Stormy didnt come home on a Sunday afternoon. That was December 8, 2013, coming up on 2 months now. I miss him every day and have not stopped my search. I cant. Thank you for sharing your story, it gives me hope that I will see my kitty again. Please pray that my Stormy Cat comes home.

Nov 16, 2013
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Hello again
by: Helene

My cat has just turned 12 years old and apart from his adventure in 2010 he has never been away from home more than a few hours. I am so happy he came back to me and has not gone off again, it was such a worrying time and I can so emphasises with all of you that at the moment are waiting for your cats to return home. It is now 3 years since my cat returned home and 2 years since I wrote this post, thank you so much for all of your comments, so nice to hear from you all.

Nov 16, 2013
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Bella
by: Anonymous

It has just passed three weeks now and Bella has not returned as yet. Your stories of the time lapse your cats went away and then returned to you give us hope. Many thanks x

Nov 16, 2013
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Marvelous!
by: Larry (editor)


Hi Anonymous,

How marvelous that your cat has returned after two months. That news will be very encouraging for anyone whose pet is still missing.

I wish you every success with bringing his health back. As you say, cats are very resilient and with your nursing and help form the vet I'm sure that he will be fine.

Yes collars can and do get caught on things, breakaway collars are that bit safer.

Congratulations on your cats homecoming.

Larry (editor)

Nov 16, 2013
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2 months missing
by: Anonymous

My cat did the same, was missing for 2 months. He just turned up one evening. Although he is very thin I can feel every bone in his little body, and has a collar injury to his front underside. I never knew that putting on that kitty collar could do so much damage if they catch it on a fence or something.

I am nursing him back to health and lets hope the worries the Vet has will settle down as he is anemic and has an enlarged kidney. I am hoping that is because of the trauma he suffered but cats are very resilent. So even though a cat can be missing for long periods of time, it's not to say they won't be back.

Oct 26, 2013
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'Still missing'
by: Brenda

This is now the third night and Bella has not returned as yet. I have to say that I have shed a few tears but have not given up hope as your different messages and stories have made me realise that this happens a lot with peoples cats. I have a great bond with her and so does my partner. so hopefully the memory will bring her home again. The weather will turn cold soon here in France and I am sure if she is out there that will encourage her to return home. I dare not think that something has happened to her, my lovely cat Bella.

Oct 25, 2013
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Don't lose hope.
by: Larry (editor)


Hi Brenda,

Sorry to read that your cat Bella is missing.

When you are desperately hoping for a missing pet to return two days seems a long time. But honestly, many cats have returned home after a lot longer than that.

Don't lose hope. Keep looking for her, put out flyers and ask around.

Chances are good that Bella will show up. Good luck.

Larry (editor)

Oct 25, 2013
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Bella, where are you
by: Anonymous

My cat disappeared from 5pm last night and it is now 10.11pm the next day. There is no way she will go without food..so either she is eating what she hunts or someone else is feeding her. Our lovely cat Bella has only been with us for 6 months as she just turned up here this April and has been with us ever since. Bella is arouund 14months old according to the vet. We love her and I know that she has a strong bond with me in particular because we play ball together and she follows me around when I am there and is always talking to me and asking me to go outside and play. I am just hoping that she is not injured and if someone has taken her then she will get away and come home. What is the likelyhood of a cat returning say after 2 days of disappearance? Look forward to hearing from you.
Brenda.

Oct 08, 2012
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Encouraging news.
by: Larry (editor)


HI Ella,

I'm sorry to read that your cat Feather is away from her home.

It must be encouraging for you to have seen her and know that she is well. Sounds like you live in the best environment for this unfortunate circumstance (a small community,) and the chances are good that Feather will soon be back with you.

Good luck.

Larry (editor)

Oct 08, 2012
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Good news.
by: Larry (editor)


Hi LP,

You must be thrilled that Sussie has returned, that is indeed good news. Here's hoping that it is not long before she is back to her old self.

Larry (editor)

Oct 07, 2012
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SUSSIE IS BACK!
by: LP

Well, two weeks ago at about 8PM I saw Sussie walking under the big trees of my front yard. Slowly approaching I could not believe my eyes. I walked towrds her and about tow feet away from her we both stopped and she began to "apologize" for having left for so long. She is still recovering, something she ate hurt her and she still spends most of the day "under my bed" on a pad she prefers and has started now to take walks and even venturing outside for "supervised" short outings around the yeard.
She's obviously getting better, thank God.

Oct 07, 2012
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Feather missing
by: Ella

Our cat Feather has been missing since last Sunday. She is normally not away from us for more than a few hours a day and is very loving. We have seen her in the churchyard in our village and others have seen her there too. We go out every day to call her but she just won't come home! She has a collar and is chipped and we have posters up everywhere. She is so spoiled here at home - it is all very strange. We miss her so much they certainly break your heart but at least we know she is alive and well even if she is not coming home at the moment! We hope she decides to soon and we will keep going out and calling her. Luckily we live in a small village so everyone around is aware that she belongs to us but I think someone must be feeding her as she looks well and fit etc.

It was very reassuring to read your story - thank you and I am so glad that your cat returned and I hope that those of you have lost cats have them return very soon too.

Sep 21, 2012
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oUR sUSSIE WAS SUDDENLY HISSING AT ME AND RUN AWAY
by: LP

Our Sussie was suddenly hissing at me and when I tried to grab her to check her out she run away last Wednesday I haven't seen her again. Nowhere around my house or neighborhood. She always left for a while but not for long. I read she might be hurting and it gives me hope to see her back, when I read your story.
Thanks so much for sharing
LP

Feb 18, 2012
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Hope.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Joan,

I'm so sorry to read that your cat has gone missing and do hope that Helene's story gives you hope.

You had him micro-chipped and that is a great thing, it will increase the chance of his return. Please do not give up hope and enjoy your new kitten.

Feb 18, 2012
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Hope my cat comes back too
by: Joan

Helene - how lovely to read your story - my cat has been missing to nearly 4 months. He is coming up to 5 and his name is Harry. I live in Surrey and lots of houses and alley ways for cats to go! He slept on my bed every night Abd was always my baby. I last saw him fast asleep in
in his basket which was weirdly first time in ages he had slept downstairs - I was about to stroke him goodnight but he looked so peaceful that I left him to it - that was late on a Sunday evening- I haven't seen him since Abd it hurts so much but I am still hoping he will come back home. He is normally a timid cat but friendly when he gets used to people. (meant to say that ge is a neutured handsome ginger and white with some tabby narkings ) He had gone missing a whole day the previous two weekends so wonder if that was significant? .I did get a kitten called Millie and she thought Harry was her Mum! She got so excited every time he cane in - he would get fed up with her pestering at times and would hiss at her on occasion but that was over five months - so don't think he left to get away from her - I gave him lots of attention so he didn't feel left out but now I am thinking that perhaps he
was jealous abd thinks i rejected him? Excuse the long post but helps to talk to fellow cat lovers. I have put posters up etc and people do ring me and there have been several sightings and it dies renew my hope but usually cat has gone when I get there - he is microchipped so hoping someone realises he might be lost and take him to be scanned. I have since hit a little tabby who i called Sophie 13 weeks old who fhad been abandoned from a shelter and she and Millie are now friends - so Harry would be able to get a bit of peace at home aMillie has a new play mate. I only got Sophie because Millie was so forlorn without Harry - I do feel fir everyone going through same experience - awful feeling not knowing - impacts on daily life and constant thoughts racing round my head. People's happy endings are keeping mr going do thank you for listening to me.



Jan 30, 2012
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Cats are loving and loyal
by: Nancy

Enjoyed reading about your cat and happy he/she? returned. I too have a cat and she (Cookie) acts in a very loving way. She was a rescue from when I lived in California and has traveled with me to Mass. and now NY. She is my faithful companion.

Dec 27, 2011
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Cats in the city.
by: Harmony

Wow, what a touching story! Cat's do tend to explore the city, but most of the time they come back like yours did. They might of been locked somewhere or stuck, but they come back.
I'm happy your cat came back, my cat is EXACTLY like yours. Sleeping next to me, and very caring.
My kitten loves going out in the garden, but I'm very worried when he does, as one of my neighbours have this MASSIVE black scary dog called Jimmy, and I'm scared one day my baby will wonder off into their garden and Jimmy will eat him.
Any suggestions? My kitten loves going out. What can I do?

Dec 01, 2011
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So pleased for you
by: Caroline

What a beautiful cat and what an amazing story.

I read it with my heart in my mouth as the behaviour you described is so exactly like my own cat's - you could set a watch by his timing and he's never late for meals.

A couple of times he has also gone missing - both times he got himself locked in neighbours' garages (he's very inquisitive, and like yours, must sometimes visit someone with quite strong perfume!) but luckily, was found and released quickly.

A point I'd like to make to anyone reading; put out 'missing' notices sooner rather later - the second time our cat went missing we put notices in all our neighbours' letterboxes that same evening, asking them to check their sheds and garages, and it was because of this that some kind soul DID go and look in their garage, and found a rather frustrated, cold and hungry Siamese, who bolted home as fast as his legs could carry him through the torrential rain!

I'm so pleased your cat returned home safe and well - it must be so frustrating not to know what happened to him in the meantime but perhaps someone who DOES know something will see your story and let you know. You never can tell!

Dec 01, 2011
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What’s in a name….
by: Helene

Thank you so much to all of you who have responded to my post here about when my cat went missing, I really appreciate getting feedback and being ‘liked’ via Facebook. Some of you have asked what my cat’s name is, and that is a long story. I did leave out the name deliberately, but since I have been encouraged to let you know what it is, perhaps I should tell that story too :-)

When my cat arrived, along with his sister who unfortunately disappeared quite early on, my son wanted to name the male cat. My son was still living at home back then, and at the age of 15 he wanted to give the cat a ‘cool’ name. He told me he had seen a movie called ‘Snatch’ (which he incidentally had seen almost 20 times!), and he thought Snatch would be a very cool name for our male, tabby cat. In my ignorance I agreed, and our kittens ended up being called Ebony and Snatch. It wasn’t until a while later I realised what a horrendously violent movie Snatch is, and I just couldn’t face going to the vet, being called up by my cats name as Snatch Taylor! So I put my foot down and refused to call the cat Snatch, as I assumed that back in those days, everyone would associate that name with the movie. I ended up calling him the Norwegian name for Puss, as I usually have affectionately called all our cats that anyway, regardless of their ‘official’ names. The only problem is that Puss in Norwegian is written PUS….and living here in London, in an English speaking country, no-one knows how to pronounce that correctly! Never mind what it means. It is pronounced something like puuus, with a ‘u’ sound like in the word ‘pudding’ just a much longer ‘u’ - nowhere near the word pus, which is what oozes out of an infected wound….can’t you just imagine how puzzled people would be if I wrote that my cat’s name was Pus?? Well…so, it’s easier to just call him ‘my cat’ when I write about him, and when we go to the vet he is registered as Kitty! Which incidentally I understand is more often being used about female cats than male, but don’t tell my cat that!

Pus was 10 years old in November this year, and although I regularly write about him on my blog I have made a couple of special posts dedicated to him the last few days with lots of photos and info. You can access my blog here if you want to see the photos and read more about our life together: http://graphicality-uk.blogspot.com

Thanks again for the response I got here, and good luck to the owner of this great web-site, it is a nice place to find information and the personal stories add a nice touch.

Helene

Nov 30, 2011
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Cats and the Outdoors
by: Katy

It was interesting to read about your feelings when your cat had returned. I had a cat called Sophie who was missing for only a week or so and was never the same again, but when she returned she tried very hard to tell me. She was oriental and very vocal. I did the same as you did, mentally working out things that could have happened. I think your lovely cat was much luckier than mine and it's good to hear a happy ending. I now have 3 cats, all rescued, only one goes out and she was 2 years old when I took her in. The others were kittens I have raised.
I found a solution on you tube of all places to the dilemma of wanting to give them freedom and fresh air while protecting them from the many dangers outdoors for them.
Since I saw this I have been collecting all kinds of materials and am attempting to make something similar. The link is here I decided to share it with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBks3p0_Rz0 (I didn't make this or have anything to do with it.)

Nov 30, 2011
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He's beautiful
by: Lesley

What a gorgeous cat! I love tabby cats.

I'm so glad he came back to you.

I love all the pictures you've put of him too. The only thing that's missing is his name.

Our neighbours used to have a lovely tabby cat, very like yours, he was called Ziggy. He used to roam around and he loved cars. Whoever in our close came home in their cars Ziggy would be sure to be sitting on the car bonnet, especially at this time of year when it was a bit chilly.

I wonder if your cat did go on an adventure somewhere after getting trapped in a car boot? What a story you could write if only you knew.

I'm really glad this story has a happy ending though. :-)

Nov 30, 2011
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Amazing return of the tabby.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Helene,

Oh my word! What a fascinating story about your tabby cat and I'm so very glad that your story has a happy ending.

First I've got to say your cat sure is a good looking chap with wonderfully clear tabby markings, thank you very much for sharing your photos of him.

Yes, it is indeed a dreadful feeling when a cat goes missing, it can feel so much like a part of you has inexplicably wandered off. Whenever I see a 'cat missing' poster I always stop and note the details just in case I have a sighting and can give some encouragement to a distraught owner.

Your story is a great reminder never to give up hope that your pet will return.

Cats and the city? Yes, cats and cars are not a good mix (I know that from sad experience.) But there are also dangers for felines out of town too, wild animals being one. And sadly, for both town and country cats there is the danger of malicious humans. The decision whether to allow a cat out or not is a very difficult one.

Who is the mystery man with the after shave? Did your tabby survive on food left for foxes? Ah you may never know the answers but I know you are extremely glad that your cat is back.

By the way Helene, what's the handsome chap's name? I'm sure everyone would love to know.

Thank you very much indeed for sharing your great story with us once again.

Larry (editor)

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