I am estatic to report that my baby Milukhu finally found her way back home! It was amazing! Tonight, exactly 6 weeks since her disappearnce... she came back. As I was gathering my stuff from getting out of my car from my garage coming home from work, I saw the backside of a kitty and it ran up the side steps near my apartment, but in the opposite direction. I thought to myself, it must be that "Milukhu-Lookalike" who always steal food from the bowl I leave out for Milukhu. But, for some odd reason, while struggling with all the stuff I was carrying I decided to head towards that direction and let out several meows just for the heck of it. I didn't see the kitty so headed back to the path which leads to my upstairs unit at the apartment complex. As I was opening my front door, I saw a kitty by the bottom of the stairway, I walked over to the top of the stairway, looked down... there was my baby Milukhu eyes wide, wide open, crying at me so LOUD! It was as if she was yelling, " Mommy, I am here! Come get me!" I didn't want to run down stairs and scare her away, since she has been gone for a long time... I did however, threw down my stuff and went inside to get some food so I can feed her. When I opened the door again with the food, Milukhu was already half way up the stairs! I knew she knew she found her home... but she was still frightened. Her eyes were so wide and kept crying at me. I came down the stairs, sat down with her for a minute to watch her eat... for only a few minutes time, she started to rub against me. That was when I knew I could pick her up and finally bring her back upstairs to her home. It was so amazing! I can't even imagine what she's endured to finally find her mom! I am sure those several small "meows" I let out gave her the confirmation that she's close to her home. I am so glad I did that. She's lost so much weight though, it hurts to see her so thin and so filthy. Her snow white paws and tummy are no longer any shade of white, but instead- just grey. Her voice is no longer as sweet and innocent, but has grown very coarse. I hope she's alright, health-wise. I know she's been somewhat traumatized. And, I do believe she has been chased by male cats... no longer innocent. Tonight, when I was combing her, she attacked me (sort of mad) when I got to her rear area. She used to love me petting her rear and hitting her hind... but now, she's very upset with it. (I have 2 scratches on my face now! gosh, hope won't scar!) I know she's been through so much and it's going to take a while to get her back to normal (if she's ever going to be normal as before...) I feel so sorry that she lost her innocence, am sure she had to fend for herself in the dangerous outdoors. Now, she is quite a fiesty kitty, though still sweet and very attached to me all night. I guess I need to observe her more before I head over to the vet for checkup. I really want to take her for a checkup, but was advised by some to let her get used to her home again, before traumatizing her again. Any other thoughts to this? She's all knotted up (since she's a long hair cat, I used to brush her everyday) and with fleas! Gosh, she's never had dirt on her body! Immediately I used frontline on her... hope by tomorrow, she'll feel better.
I have another dilema now. Even though my prayer's been answered, my baby's home!! Her sister, Bumpy doesn't seem to welcome her back. Bumpy continuously hisses at her sister and won't let her go around the apartment much. Bumpy keeps on staring and watches Milukhu's every move... I don't want them to fight, since Milukhu's changed quite a bit... I am not sure what is going on with Bumpy's behavior. I know she enjoyed being the only baby in the family for a while, but they always got along and I thought Bumpy missed Milukhu too while she was gone. I don't understand and am quite worried since I cannot watch them all the time. At this point, I just want Milukhu to start gaining weight and getting cleaned up (and hopefully w/ a clean bill of health), the last thing I want is for my two babies to not get along. At first, Bumpy wanted to chase her out the door, when I brought Milukhu inside. Doesn't she remember her own sister? What can I do? Does anyone have any sound advise? Plus, is it too soon to take Milukhu to the vet? What kind of behavior should I expect now? I know she remembers everything now, but it's just that her own scent is probably gone and only Bumpy's scent's occupying the apartment... probably intimidating? I hope they become friends again. I wanted to give Milukhu a bath tonight, but after she scatched my face, I decided to wait... What can I use to clean her up for the time being? She is really filthy... but still with a beautiful face. =)
I want to thank everyone who responded with a post to help me with my search for Milukhu and all the nice thoughts!! I really really appreciate all the support. I am so happy my baby's home, I still cannot believe that after all this time she was still in the apartment complex. She must have searched hard too! Thanks much everyone! Please let me know if anyone's got any advise from this point on.