Originally Posted by ruairib
My cat went missing sometime in early hours of this morning(16 hrs ago roughly) . The last couple of days shes been acting bit strange meaning she was very unsettled. In and out of the house every few mins , wining etc. She is 14yrs old but is very healthy for her age, playing running up and down the trees outside. She only stays in the garden,has never ventured very far ever. Have been out looking all day.. A friend of mine said that "cats sometimes wonder off before they die" Is there any truth in this? It's killing all of us here..
If you have any info please drop a line.
It is unfortunately true,in some situations but it is not a rule that applies to all missing cats.
Many different animals go somewhere peaceful and quiet when they feel they are about to die,they have a very strong sense of when death is approaching,they can even have this sense when it happens in others.
They can also go missing for many other reasons,someone else might be feeding them [even if they're wearing a collar it doesn't stop people doing this],they might have got too far out without realising and become disorientated-this especially can happen with 'inexperienced' cats,they could have been injured but still alive-they could have been injured and taken to vets,they could have been taken into a cats home as a stray,they could have gotten into someones' house or shed/garage and are unable to get out,she could have even been stolen,there are various reasons that could be the answer,so never give up until she's found.
Am recommend signing her up on the good national missing pet websites,make up some posters to stick around locally,go and have walks around to have a look for her-under hedges etc,ask people if they could check their gardens and sheds.
Ask around all the local vets and pets homes whether they have had any cats in of her description.
Fluffybum [a beautiful,at least 15+ year old tux gent] went missing for days and went everywhere looking for him,it was very not like him to go missing because he had his own area to 'patrol' and take care of,and found him dead not long after under a hedge.
But,back in the early nineties,Twinkle-an ex ferral went missing for two months,parents had put notices about her up in shop windows everywhere and eventually,she was tracked down to a house just above the very end of this road,she had become disorientated from being so far away and someone had took her in.
Have heard of many stories over the years of cats disappearing for years,
their owners thinking they have died,got new cats and then found them wandering in like they were never gone.
Some cats have gone missing because they have jumped into neighbours' cars or trucks moving their stuff out to a new home.