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Old 10-19-2019, 01:45 PM
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I pray that I never feel the way I just felt. My little cat could not be found for a good 1/2 hour. I looked everywhere. I opened closets, drawers, etc. My 3 nephews were over today and they were in and out. I was frantic. My heart felt like it was going overtime and I couldn't breathe. I put the litter box outside and went around the house and the neighbors looking for her.

Thankfully the little turd was in the garage that I looked in many times. She wouldn't come for food or treats like usual. I think she was afraid of the boys and probably thought I was tricking her. OMG I know there are worse things,but that feeling was awful.


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Old 10-19-2019, 02:03 PM
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was missing for 6 weeks. She ended up finding him locked in her shed. He was emaciated, but alive. He must have survived off of rainwater and mice.

She's fattened him back up and is so grateful that he is alive.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:10 PM
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That's such a scary feeling. I have a black cat, and I can't tell you the number of times that I haven't been able to find her. She blends in with any dark area of the house. She won't come when I call, and I think she enjoys seeing me frantically running around the house looking for her. The little scamp.

Glad you found your kitty!
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:51 PM
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I know that feeling!
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Old 10-19-2019, 03:16 PM
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I'm happy you found your little cat. I know how you feel. I have had a number of cats, and would freak out when I couldn't find them.

One time my DD#1 asked me to babysit her cat Felicia at my house as she was going on a two-week trip and her regular cat sitter couldn't do it. It was going well for a few days until I couldn't find the Felicia anywhere. No matter where I looked, she wasn't there. I went through everything, closets, under the beds and furniture, washer, dryer, refrigerator, cupboards, etc., etc. Although I knew she couldn't possibly have escaped outside the house, I still went looking for her outside, fearing the worst since we have coyotes. I was in tears, and after having looked for over 3 hours, I just knew she was gone. Of course that was when she came walking up to me asking for food. When I told DD about my traumatic experience, she agreed that Felicia had done that to her too. To this day I do not know where she hid. I suspect it was inside the sofa frame, since I found a small tear in the dust cover underneath the sofa.


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Old 10-19-2019, 04:10 PM
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That is such a scary feeling. So glad you found the little turd

Ours can hide in plain sight, too. I have a weird thing where I need to know where all three of ours are before I leave the house. Sometimes I get to be a little late because of that, but it brings me peace to know they are safe.
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Old 10-19-2019, 04:23 PM
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was missing for 6 weeks. She ended up finding him locked in her shed. He was emaciated, but alive. He must have survived off of rainwater and mice.
That sounds very similar to our 1st cat! He was lost for 7 weeks and a neighbor found him on the other side of a privacy fence. Apparently he couldn't get back to us. He was pitiful looking, but we were so grateful he was alive.

I'm so glad you found yours! Our cat does that - goes into hiding, usually under our bed, when there are too many people here (or just loud people when we're watching a football game! ).
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Old 10-19-2019, 05:32 PM
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Once my sister couldn't find her cat before she left for work. She started hunting when she got home and found him shut in a drawer with the dish towels. Sister said he didn't even act upset. Cats!
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:04 PM
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Once my sister couldn't find her cat before she left for work. She started hunting when she got home and found him shut in a drawer with the dish towels. Sister said he didn't even act upset. Cats!
The same thing happened to me once! I'd opened the cabinet to get a towel out, and the cat must have gotten excited because that cabinet wasn't open very often and hopped right in . He didn't even meow or anything, even though I was frantically calling his name. Finally I just started opening cabinets out of desperation and he stepped out totally unfazed.

I could never have an indoor/outdoor cat. I would have constant anxiety that it would get lost or something would happen to it while it was out, and I'd be constantly looking it for it to come home. Even within the house, I like to know where my cat is all of the time. 90% of the time he's next to me, so if he's not I usually check so I know where he is.
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Old 10-19-2019, 07:26 PM
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What a horrible feeling! I know you are relieved and I am so glad all is well!

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Old 10-19-2019, 07:41 PM
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The little stinkers are really good at that. What gets me is that after frantically searching for one of them, he'll finally appear with a look on his face as if to say "What's all the commotion about?"
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Old 10-19-2019, 08:03 PM
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I know the feeling! It's awful. Cats are good at providing plenty of opportunity to feel it.

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She started hunting when she got home and found him shut in a drawer with the dish towels. Sister said he didn't even act upset. Cats!
My grandma's cat got "lost" for a full day and was in the cabinet with stacks of books and papers. She didn't ever meow the whole time they were calling her.

Cats are weird! Ours likes the linen closet so much that it's now the first place we look when she goes missing.

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was missing for 6 weeks. She ended up finding him locked in her shed. He was emaciated, but alive. He must have survived off of rainwater and mice.
She must have felt terrible! Lucky kitty!!
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:41 AM
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I'm so glad you found your cat. This happened Toni's once when we had central air vent installed in our house. I put the cat into a cardboard carrier so he couldn't get out of the house. I did not expect the workers to leave my door open like they did and the cardboard carrier was all I had. He was so scared he shredded the carrier in a matter of moments and disappeared. He stayed missing for a very long time after the workers left. I was also afraid the cat left the house and might not return. I learned that some cats can get very scared or just annoyed and go hide. Maybe next time you can put your cat into a quiet, cozy room while you have little visitors. That's assuming the cat won't tear down the closed door trying to get out (My cat would have).

One of my daughter's cats hides daily in cabinets and sometimes she can't find him and gets worried. Another cat of hers is constantly getting shut in closets. He doesn't always appear when they look in the closet either.

Cats really are good at hiding when they want a break or become frightened.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:26 AM
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Carys, my "she's such a character" cat will always let me know if one of the other cats are locked in the laundry room. OTOH, the boys never are quiet as mice if she's in there.
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