Long story short...Found a large colony of cats that were abandoned. Took out a few so far for rescue and adoption. Some cats are friendly and others are semi-feral and/or scared. A lady that we knew wanted to take one from the colony, so we figured it would be okay. Ended up grabbing the one she wanted yesterday. Put it in the carry case. It wanted to get out, and was very scared. We went back to the lady's house and she insisted on bringing the cat in by herself. ( I thought we would at least help her get set up but she wanted to go in with the cat on her own.) So today, we didn't hear from her until the early evening. She says "she lost the cat." And she had lost it 12 hours earlier and never called us sooner than later. She assured us that the cat would be fine in her bathroom, that there was no way for it to get out at all. However, somehow it is not there now. Now also, she assured us the windows are always closed and the doors are locked. Then we find out there is a hole in her cabinet for pipes that may drop into her kitchen ceiling. So one of two things may have happened: 1-the cat found this hole and dropped down 2-he darted out of the bathroom and could be anywhere in the house (which is very big with different levels). This lady can be VERY difficult to deal with and does not tell the truth. She is well intentioned but not very smart. We thought we were doing this little cat a favor because she was willing to adopt one and is a good owner for her others, but now I am VERY sorry I caught this cat. All of the rescues I have done, I have NEVER trapped a cat and gave it to anyone, either worked with them myself or gave to another rescue person. This lady assured us that the cat would be only in her bathroom. Had I gone into this lady's house with her and saw how the cat was reacting and saw how scared he was, I would have either taken it back with me to work with it or told her to make sure she leaves it in the carrier overnight. She would normally call us with a problem. She never told us the cat was in her bathroom hissing, climbing the walls, and couldn't pick him up. If she called us last night and told us this, we would have been right over there to help. Once she saw the cat was gone, she began cleaning including vacuuming!! She had time to do her own things for the day, like reading and cooking and watching tv. And then when convenient, called us after the fact. I am furious that she didn't tell us sooner and ask for our help, when she does with everything else. I am also angry at myself for catching this cat for her. Most cats in this colony are more friendly than not. This one was very gentle and cautious, and appeared to be only 5 months old or so. But was probably born outside, after the cats were left abandoned. Any suggestions on how to locate this cat? He is scared and only in her house for one day. We are hoping he is upstairs, but have no idea if he got downstairs or even outside. Nevermind the lady, my concern is for this little cat who has no idea where he is or what the inside of a house is.
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10/15/08 at 8:58pm