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Old 12-12-2008, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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I'm absolutely sick. Zoey apparently got out while the cable guy was here installing cable. We moved the cats here about a week ago and Zoey has never been outside, until now. She's been outside for several hours and we've called, given the supper call, and shined for her after dark, (found a few cats and a possum, but no Zoey). I'm just so sad and sick and can't think of anything more to do. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: NH and lovin' it!
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I'm absolutely sick. Zoey apparently got out while the cable guy was here installing cable. We moved the cats here about a week ago and Zoey has never been outside, until now. She's been outside for several hours and we've called, given the supper call, and shined for her after dark, (found a few cats and a possum, but no Zoey). I'm just so sad and sick and can't think of anything more to do. Any suggestions?
Hi. I've had that happen a couple of times, even though I'm very careful about my "inside" cats, as you probably are.
I am so sorry that has happened, but she may turn up yet. Keep looking for her, of course, but put flyers around your neighborhood with her picture if you can. If she doesn't come back in a day or two, put an ad in your local newspaper.

O, one trick I have used is to take the cat's favorite treats with me as I look around the neighborhood. He likes the kind that make a noise when I shake the container, a plus.

Good luck... I'm so hopeful that your sweet kitty will find a way home.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I'm absolutely sick. Zoey apparently got out while the cable guy was here installing cable. We moved the cats here about a week ago and Zoey has never been outside, until now. She's been outside for several hours and we've called, given the supper call, and shined for her after dark, (found a few cats and a possum, but no Zoey). I'm just so sad and sick and can't think of anything more to do. Any suggestions?
I don't know where you live, but I'd be outside right now looking for him. I'd sleep outside if I had too. Take your cell phone outside, a laptop, whatever. Camp out on the lawn until he sees you and comes to you.

Otherwise, he could get into trouble.

I had to do this once in the middle of nowhere when my cat escaped in a strange place. I made a bed in the dirt and camped out. It was freezing, but eventually he heard me moving around and talking on my cell phone, and he felt safe enough to come to me. I had his carrier with me, popped him in there, and home we went.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:40 PM
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Location: Wisconsin
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I'm absolutely sick. Zoey apparently got out while the cable guy was here installing cable. We moved the cats here about a week ago and Zoey has never been outside, until now. She's been outside for several hours and we've called, given the supper call, and shined for her after dark, (found a few cats and a possum, but no Zoey). I'm just so sad and sick and can't think of anything more to do. Any suggestions?
Call your county shelter...humane society...whoever is in charge of picking up stray animals in your area. You'd be surprised how many animals end up turned into the shelters by people who find them wandering around and the owners never think to look for them there. Is your cat chipped? Both of mine are chipped and it is a good idea for everyone to do. That way, if they are turned in to a shelter, they know how to find you.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Call your county shelter...humane society...whoever is in charge of picking up stray animals in your area. You'd be surprised how many animals end up turned into the shelters by people who find them wandering around and the owners never think to look for them there. Is your cat chipped? Both of mine are chipped and it is a good idea for everyone to do. That way, if they are turned in to a shelter, they know how to find you.
It's only been a few hours, so most likely the cat is hiding somewhere. When a cat is in a new place, it feels vulnerable and frightened. It looks for a place to hide and only comes out when it feels safe. They often do not travel far, but it can be impossible to find them.

That is why I say, camp out on the lawn. Do things you would normally do. Eat dinner, talk on the phone, play on your laptop. He will hear you and be watching you. And when he is ready he will come to you.

But it is dangerous for him outside, so you need to try and get him sooner than later.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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It's official, the neighbors think I'm insane. We've been going up and down the street calling for Zoey with the flashlight for a good long while now. I'll call the shelter on Monday, they're not open until then. I'm on pretty good terms with the lady in charge there so I know she'll work with me. Zoey isn't chipped, but has her collar with my phone number in perm ink on it. Somehow I had a funny feeling and thought to do that. Thanks all for the suggestions; will check back later.

PS. Woof, Hubby is outside hanging out with his smokes calling for Zoey, (he's Zoey's person).
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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It's official, the neighbors think I'm insane. We've been going up and down the street calling for Zoey with the flashlight for a good long while now. I'll call the shelter on Monday, they're not open until then. I'm on pretty good terms with the lady in charge there so I know she'll work with me. Zoey isn't chipped, but has her collar with my phone number in perm ink on it. Somehow I had a funny feeling and thought to do that. Thanks all for the suggestions; will check back later.
Walking around will frighten him more. He is nearby and hiding. You need to go outside and relax and he wait for him to come to you. A cat will only be found when he is ready.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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I know with lost dogs, sometimes the owners put their clothes (used) outside in the hopes they'll smell their scent and will stay there and will be found. It might be the same with cats, would give it a try. I hope you find him soon.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: CA
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I agree that a cat that has never been outdoors will not go too far alone. Unless Zoey has teamed up with another cat (my cat did this once, and was gone for 5 days), she is probably hiding nearby.
Ultimately, she may come to the door when she gets hungry enough. Keep your ears open for her meow.
Whenever my cat got out at night, I would usually find her shivering in a bush in the morning. Or we'd hear her meowing by the door to come back in (to eat of course). My cat responds to shaking her food bag and calling her name. Food is a good way to lure them back.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I agree about the clothes - one of my cats always gets on top of any of my clothes I leave on the bed, even for an instant. He particularly likes my bathing suit (indoor pool here). Can't hurt to try, put some of DH's clothes on the porch when you go to bed-it will also provide a warm place to sleep. Good luck!

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