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The Cat Came Back, We Thought She Was A Goner... - Elf M. Sternberg
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The Cat Came Back, We Thought She Was A Goner...




Three days ago, Necco (shown here enjoying her pot), disappeared into the evening without any hint at all of where she had gone. She does go outside regularly and wanders around the neighborhood, but there are definite limits to how far she'll wander.

She had been showing signs of an injury to her rear right leg, favoring it as she walked. Omaha thought that if it didn't seem to be getting better we should take her to the vet. She disappeared later that day.

Poor Kouryou-chan didn't take it well. She had a three-day field trip with her school starting the next day, and she left thinking that her cat was gone. There have been raccoons and coyotes in the woods behind the house at different times, and Omaha thinks the coyotes have moved back in.

Omaha and I walked the neighborhood on two separate evenings, calling to her and trying to find her. No luck.

Last night, about four AM, I awoke for the usual reason 47 year old men wake up at 4am. While I was still on the loo, I thought I heard a meow. I heard Omaha get up, so when I was done I quickly walked out and found her in the kitchen, standing by the back door. "Necco?"

Necco meowed at me, came in as if nothing was wrong, and went straight for her water first, then her food. She didn't look hungry or dehydrated. Omaha thinks someone else fed her; I think she as just stealing some neighborhood cat's food.

I'm glad she's home, but I'm worried about what she'll do the next time this happens. Still, she's home; I'll take it as a good omen.

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pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: September 12th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bandit (my childhood cat) used to, as near as we can figure, get stuck in garages for several nights at a time. The current kitties are FeLV+ so they don't go out, no matter how much Harry might think he needs to go beat up the neighborhood strays.
bemused_leftist From: bemused_leftist Date: September 13th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)
As of around 2008, there were things ('locators'?) that a dog could wear that you could home in on and find where they were; might be down to cat size by now. (I suppose she's microchipped already.)

A cat door is nice too, so if she comes back at night she can get in, rather than wandering further for food.
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