|Purred: Sat Jul 21, '12 9:54pm PST |
|This is Delyte. I am coming up on the 7 year anniversary of my famous flight from the deck of our house. We live on the edge of a big wooded field and I ran off into the woods. My person sat in the yard the whole night and I did show up at dawn the first morning, but she was unable to get me to go back in the house and I ran back in the woods. They put up a humane trap for me but all they ever caught were huge raccoons and possums. My person would go out every night around 11 PM, when it was quiet and call me, but she had no luck. On the 6th night she went out really late, around 2 AM, and saw me, but I ran away again. There was a large possum lurking around which scared me. She was about to go out to look for me on the 7th night, about 10 PM, when she heard a noise on the deck. When she went out, I was there but ran off again. This time she got a can of cat food and carried it outside with her. I was so hungry that the scent of that yummy food lured me in through the door. I've never been allowed to go outside again without a leash, which I hate.
It's unlikely that a stranger will be able to catch your cat, but if they can report on seeing him, it will help. Carry nice smelly cat food cans with you on your searches. If you live in a populated area, the humane trap won't help--you'll just catch other animals. Just keep trying and don't give up hope. There are many stories on here of cats coming back from much longer absences. In my case, it helped that I had been living here all my life, and had been allowed outside under supervision before, so I "knew" where I lived, I was just too scared to come back. You may not know this if you have lived inside all the time. Some people suggest putting clothing with your scent, and toys that you have used outside to show you the way home.
Make sure to keep in contact with any shelters or animal control, who might trap your cat and bring him in. Make sure they know that a cat with your description is missing.
We are purring for you to come home!
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