He's a silver tabby that hasn't encroached on our property since the first of April, however, today I was informed by one of the schoolchildren that Myst is seen just about every other day at the school and churchyard, only 1/5 of a mile from my house. The schoolyard and churchyard are on the other side of our street. So he's nearby in the neighborhood and I imagine it's easy for him to return home if and when he has to. What's nice about the school and churchyard is that it's an attractive, expansive property, a great cat hang-out, lit at night, and possibly attractive to several cats. There's a large dumpster (receptacle for leftover school lunches and fish fry remnants?) that could be luring some hungry cats. I hope the cafeteria ladies aren't putting food out for the animals! Myst is unneutered, by the way. Our weather has been beautiful lately; everything's blooming in springtime, and Myst is probably making up for lost time after such a horrible winter, one of the coldest and snowiest. From observing Myst's winter habits, he would want out between 6:30 and 8:00 A.M., return at about 9:00 A.M., play, rest, and sleep in the house until 4:00 or 5:00. He'd then go outside, returning home at 10:00 P.M. and in for the night until morning. The children have spotted him by the school in the afternoon between 2:00 and 3:30 P.M. I would think that cats engage in the same activities and sleeptimes outside as they do inside the house. Your cat could be resting under a hedge or evergreen, sleeping peacefully during the daytime, and roaming about in the afternoon and at night. Cats sleep a lot.
Princess Purr, if you're reading this, your newborn kittens are adorable!