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Neighbor's cat got out

post #1 of 10
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Ok, not sure if this is the right place for this post - move if needed!

So my mom just told me that our neighbors cat got out accidentally - my neighbor was painting the room that the litter box is in and all, so he moved all of Roy's stuff out of that room and shut the door so he wouldn't get in the paint... well apparently the back screen door wasn't latched and Roy got out (my neighbor can't find him in the house anywhere)... Roy used to be a street kitty, several towns over - he would always show up at my neighbor's friend's house for food and my neighbor decided to take him in... but he is now declawed and has been inside for quite awhile...

So what do you guys think? Do you think Roy will come back home? Will he try to go back to where he used to be (it's quite a ways away from here)? Anything my neighbor can do to try to find him better?

My neighbor is currently taking his daily nap (he gets up super early every morning - used to be a mailman) and propped the backdoor open in case Roy comes back... I've never had an outdoor/indoor cat so I don't really know what to think... my mom said her cats when she was little were all indoor/outdoor and declawed and they never had problems - although Jonathon once was away for 3 days before coming home

I just feel so bad for my neighbor, because the dog and cat are all he has (no family or kids) so I wish I had some reassuring words to pass on.
post #2 of 10
I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats and we never had a cat not come back.

I now have an indoor-but-now-escapes-outdoors cat and he was missing for several hours yesterday. I took one of my dogs around the block and when I came back, Little Chit was in the front yard. Whew. Sometimes, I think we don't give furries enough credit. I say a walk around the block or neighborhood might bring him back? It's worth a shot. Good luck to your neighbor.
post #3 of 10
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Yeah, it's not that I don't think he's smart... I'm more worried he might try to go back to his old stomping grounds - which would be a very long and dangerous trip for a kitty - I don't really want to bring that possibility up to my neighbor and make him feel worse

My kitty used to be a street kitty and I'm quite sure he wouldn't make it a day outside without sissy-ing out and coming home to be spoiled, yet I wouldn't send him out to see if I'm right lol I'm hoping Roy will miss the comforts of his home and being rediculously spoiled... I know he doesn't wear a colllar, but I'm not sure if he's chipped

If it gets to be a few days or so, maybe we'll set out our human cat trap (we used to have a feral problem, so we'd trap them and take them to the shelter) - if Roy gets hungry and is still in the area that could work
post #4 of 10
Somebody suggested putting something he sleeps on, and a dirty article of clothing from the owner on the back porch, possibly to help the cat find the right house again.
post #5 of 10
How long has he been with your neighbor? And I'm sorry, I did not mean to imply that you thought they were unintelligent... I was so worried last night when our cat was gone, I fretted for a couple hours and my husband kept telling me, "he'll come back". And what do you know, after our neighborhood stroll, he was in the front yard. I'm personally down to 8 lives...
post #6 of 10
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I believe Roy has been inside with my neighbor for about a year now... I'm pretty sure my neighbor will put some food out on the front porch (he does that for 1 kitty in the neighborhood - we're pretty sure that cat is owned cuz he has a flea collar on, but he frequents the porch for a meal and he's approachable).... If Roy is still not back by tonight I may also throw a can of tuna out on the porch - we haven't had any ferals around so that shouldn't be an issue... maybe that will attract Roy and maybe he'll decide to curl up on our porch furniture cushions (another neighbor's cat used to do that)... I'm just waiting for that moment that I spot the big orange guy outside and go get him - ya know, all movie-like
post #7 of 10
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Doesn't look like Roy has come home yet... I haven't talked to my neighbor, but he would've come and let us know I think if he had come home... plus I haven't seen him in my neighbor's windows at all... still thinking about putting some tuna out tonight to see if he comes to snack and then have a sleep on the porch couch

EDIT: I decided I'd make a tuna sandwich for my nightly snack, so I left a little meat and juice in the can and put it on the porch... I so hope he comes home!
post #8 of 10
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Hahaha, Roy was hiding in a closet! My neighbor even checked in all the closets and all around the house when he discovered Roy missing and since he couldn't find him for 3 hours, he assumed he had pushed his way out of the faulty backdoor... after hours of searching, my neighbor plopped for a nap on the bed and out strolled Roy My neighbor was so relieved that he didn't even think to tell us lol and just now was the first time I'd seen my neighbor to ask

Crisis averted - back door fixed now lol
post #9 of 10
Whew! Glad he's safe!!
post #10 of 10
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Talk about a heart attack! We were all like spying the neighborhood as we were out and about... I told my neighbor that I bet Roy was laughing as he exited the closet

There I times that I can't find Ollie for the life of me, but I don't stop looking til I find him - he's turned up in the weirdest places! But now I know exactly where to look when he's "missing"
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