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I Cant Find My Cat What Do I Do!!!!!!!

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have searched all day for my cat...He has never come and eaten...I don't know where he could be. I havn't seen him all day and he has never done this. If he is of the age to leave in search of a female (even though I have several) why wouldn't he be back by now? Why wouldnt his brother be gone too? Im afraid either my neighbor's dog chased him somewhere or injured him...or that my neighbor's paylake had a custormer that decided they wanted a pet. I know also that he goes fishing in the lake alot...what am I going to do..I don't know where else to look. I've looked under everything....any ideas or anything to make me feel better...
post #2 of 22
i am so sorry you furbaby is missing.. can you post up notices or contact the local animal care and control or the local SPCA? (tel. directory can help?)

i can't emphasize enough the importance of microchipping. Also, i think any kitties who are exposed outdoors should always wear a collar with a tag with the owner's name, address and contact no. i hope you will consider such measures.

Take care and hope you find your kitty soon.... i can imagine how you feel right now...
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo(x's infinity) happy that he's back...I went outside to look around again for the millionth time and there he was on the deck railing...I wish I knew where he went or what to do to get him to stay. This had me scared to death!!!
post #4 of 22
To keep him home you could try:
1. Neuter him
2. Indoors only
3. A screened in outdoor pen
4. walk him outdoors on a harness and leash1

Good luck!
post #5 of 22
I second what DragonLady said!
No more free roam outdoor time!
post #6 of 22
I'm so sorry you have gone through this. It's a terrible worry when our pets are missing. More frightening yet is the expected life span of males who are not neutered-only two years! We strongly urge that our members who are not breeders spay and neuter. Please take a few minutes to read this. I hope we have been helpful!
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have never heard anything about them only living two years...are you sure about that. Also there is no need to lecture me on the say neuter stuff..I raise and tame ferals that I find and I know how fast they breed. Oh and I can't keep him inside...I would give anything if I could have all 10 inside (especially him after this, but I live with my grandmother and she has a cat and that cat is the evil siamese I've wrote about in the forums...and she gets along with noone...and my cat hates fights and would be hiding all the time which would be unhealthy and I want himto be able to have the whole house to roam in...not to be locked in my room all day...
post #8 of 22
Our motives are not to lecture, but to help our members make the best possible decisions for their cats. Although we have forums for socializing and fun, education is the main reason for this site. The information about the life span of the average intact Tomcat is from my veterinarian. I realize that some feral cats will not adjust to life inside. That is all the more reason to neuter the animals you are trying to help!

Millions of cats, in fact 8-10 million cats, are taken to shelters annually. That figure does not take into account the feral cats running loose, breeding two or three times a year. As a scientist and feral rescuer, I'm sure you understand the consequences of allowing intact ferals to run free. You are trying to help these cats, but if you do not get them spayed and neutered, you may be inadvertantly adding to the problem. There are organizations that will give the public reasonable prices for spaying and neutering. On occasion, the local vets will help the rescuer. I would advise you to contact the local shelters, vets, and this organization. I realize that your motives are good, but unless these cats are neutered, you may be adding to the problem you are trying to solve. Please read the article I recommended. I wish you the very best.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
My aunt said her and my grandma had male cats on the farm that lived like 10 years without being fixed. Can u show me proof online that that's true? A few months from now I will have my own place and he will be inside. I don't want him fixed (I'm considering breeding him since he's so beautiful). I know the importance of spay and neutering...my ferals are usually given away before they come of age. This cat was NOT a feral. His mother wasn't either. I got her "fixed" since for health reasons she couldn't have kittens..these two(my runaway has a brother)were her only survivors.
post #10 of 22
That is about the lifespan of a lucky tomcat that is allowed to wander loose outside. The not so lucky ones die within 3-5 years. Instead of hissing at people who are trying to help you with facts, why not go visit your local shelter and ask them about their feelings of an intact Tom wandering about? Your male will keep contributing to the kitten population every season. Chances are while he was gone, he was able to mate two or three times. He will be prone to certain types of cancer if you don't get him neutered, he will be a sprayer and he will wander every chance he gets during kitten season. It doesn't matter that he isn't a feral, he is outside, and he faces the same risks as other outside cats face. If you truly love him and are concerned for his well being, you will neuter him ASAP.
post #11 of 22
No one can give an exact period of time that your particular cat will live. However, that was the information given to me by my own vet. I urge you to read the article I referred you to previously and this one. Here is one paragraph from the article:
Reduced Injuries: The biggest medical advantage to neutering cats is really related to their behavior. Unneutered male cats fight to defend their territory. Such fights can be extremely serious, as abscesses often develop from the bite wounds. The veterinarians at the Drs. Foster and Smith Veterinary Medical Facility have seen many tomcats who are missing parts of their ears and tails, or have faces with multiple scars resulting from the fights they had with other toms. Indoor, neutered cats lead much healthier and longer lives.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
I wasn't hissing to be mean...It just seemed the help was based on fixing my cat only...Don't get mad at me. He will only be outside for about 3 more months.
post #13 of 22
Sorry to have misunderstood. But you should still neuter him because in those three months, it is kitten season and he will live longer, be less prone to wander and be a happier cat for it.
post #14 of 22
the people here give nothing but GOOD advice. They have all really been life savers to me as far as my ferals go. I also try to tame ferals and beleave me it very very important to get them fixed. Ashton and sherbert are already starting to wonder. Luckly ashton is trapped right now and I'm working on sherbert and lilly. It is, or at least should be, commen knowledge that in order to help ferals you need to fix them.
I have also heard that outdoor intact cats normally only live for 2 to 3 years. Lucky ones may live longer but that is not a chance I want to take.
post #15 of 22
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Please make sure to spay or neuter your cat. Unless you are a professional breeder and your cat is part of a professional breeding program, please spay/neuter your cats before they reach sexual maturity (at the age of 4-6 months). By spaying and neutering you enhance your cat's quality of life and improve his or her health. You are also proving your love for cats because in acting as a responsible pet owner you are minimizing the problem of cat overpopulation. Please read this article and don't hesitate to ask for more information in the forums.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Hissy...I'm glad u understood. Princess Purr: they have been for me too and look at my past entries I've never been mean or anything.
Oh and what was THAT for! What did I do to deserve getting a rule thing!! I've never been anything but nice and helpfull in this forum and I even have it promoted on my site!! I love it here and the people here...but it doesnt seem you're understand me (except hissy)...I know all about the spay/neuter programs and the importance. I'm trying to explain these ferals are given away as kittens...and my "runaway" will be inside in a few months....I was wanting to know if the 2-3 year thing was because of not being "fixed" or because of fights or "car murderings"....or just because it's a cat and they all die at that age???
post #17 of 22
The quote from the second article I recommended explains that unaltered toms wander, get injured in fights, and are more likely to get hit by cars. That's why they die young. As I told you before, our intent is to educate and to help, and we try to be as polite as possible. We are all animal lovers and want the best for our animals, as I'm sure you do!

You had mentioned that you wanted to breed your cat. We strongly recommend against this, because many kittens from such breedings make up the millions euthanized yearly. Unfortunately, some people do not value an animal which has been given to them, and don't hesitate to wander it or take it to a shelter when they get tired of it. Also, many of these kittens are used for scientific tests. People posing as families looking for pets sell them for research purposes. It's heartbreaking, but true. This can all be prevented by spaying and neutering-unless you are a professional breeder. I know you are an animal lover who wants the best for her pets. I hope that explains why we have such a policy.

Oh, by the way, it is not terribly unusual for a cat to live for fifteen or twenty years.
post #18 of 22
I just wanted to say that the reason everyone is saying that an un-neutered male living outside has the potential to have a shorter lifespan is because they are more likely to roam in search of females and to protect their territory. By roaming they can more easily get into fights, get hit by a vehicle, get lost, get stolen, or get killed by a larger animal! Believe me, I speak from experience. all my cats have always been indoor cats, but I used to have a neighbor who let her un-neutered male outside. She always brought him in at night, but he was free to roam during the day. He was a sweet and beautiful cat, but sad to say he lived just two years. He would leave for a day or two at a time and everyone would be worried, but like you kitty, he would always come back. But one day he did not. And no matter how hard everyone looked, no matter that I took it upon myself to pay for a lost add in the paper, he was never seen or heard from again. It had been more than two years now since he disappeared. We have no idea if a coyote got him, or if someone took him or what....
So, I just think everyone is recommending that if you have to keep your kitty outside that you neuter him to not only keep the cat population down but to also keep him from wandering away into a terrible fate!
post #19 of 22
Originally posted by Gothic_Amethyst
My aunt said her and my grandma had male cats on the farm that lived like 10 years without being fixed.
Living out on a farm, these toms were probably exposed to less hazards than toms living in more populated areas which is why they lived longer. Also, they probably had unspayed females available to them on the farm, so they didn't need to wander off searching for a mate.

I wanted to mention some things I have personally experienced.

I agree with what the others here have said about intact toms allowed to roam usually living only a short time.

When I was growing up we have two intact toms as family pets. Both were indoor/outdoor cats. One of these was brought home by my dad as a two week old orphaned kitten and bottle fed by my mom while she was also bottle feeding my infant brother. When this kitten reached the age of about six months, he was run over. He lived for a while, but later died of his injuries. A year later, we had a different tom as a pet. When he got old enough, he started to wander looking for females to mate with. He would be gone for several days at a time, and eventually died of suffercation after being accidently locked in a neighbor's garage. Neither one of these intact toms ever reached their first birthday.

I also agree that allowing cats to breed freely causes over-population and results in unwanted litters of kittens.

Of the last two cats I have had, Midnight (now deceased) was rescued by a no-kill shelter after she was discovered wandering the streets alone at the age of two months. She was at this shelter for six months before I found and adopted her. My current cat, Snowball, is from a litter of kittens the owners couldn't find homes for. He was the only kitten to actually be adopted, the others were sent to a relative's farm to live as barn cats.

All the cats I have had as an adult have been spayed or neutered and all have been indoor only cats.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
You guys made me get my claws out with worry earlier...I thought u were saying that a male cat's life span was only 2 years regardless of outside forces. Oh and my cat runs from fights...he is too good natured and is also afraid.I have females he could breed with so why leave? I'm hoping it won't matter in a few months I will be gone. I was only thinking about breeding him...I don't even know why I put that in my post..I'd rather not go through the headache of breeding. I love my cats they are my children and my life and I have 10 because I have tamed the ones that come to eat my cat's food. I would fix them if I could afford it, but the closest place (like the vet that gives cheaper feral rates) is over 60 miles from where I live...it is too far and too costly for me. I have no choice...what was I susposed to do leave them wild??
post #21 of 22
I'm glad you know that no one meant to hurt you, but to give you the best advice we could. It is frightening to think of our beloved pets dying young. I would get in touch with Alley Cat Allies, one of the links I gave you. It is a terrible dilemma. If you don't feed them they won't be as healthy, although they'll live on rodents and birds. But if you do feed them you are taking responsibility for them, and they will breed more and more kittens. That really does add to the overpopulation problem, as we explained.

I suggest you make a chicken wire enclosure, and get one neutered or spayed at a time, while you search for more help. Better yet, with the salary of a scientist you should be able to manage payments on a credit card. It really would be better take care of all of them right now. Otherwise, you won't have ten cats. You'll have at least four more for each female every few months. Then someone else will have to feed them when you move, and the whole thing will start all over againg. You can see what a problem we have. There are spay and neuter programs for ferals and strays in many municipalities. Please do some research. Good luck. Please keep us informed.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
ok..They are susposed to be given away before I move...but right now my grandma will take care of them if not. Oh and I appologize for any confusion, but I am a Scientist in heart and not YET in career. I am working on becoming a Geologist/Geologist Teacher like I've wanted all my life. I really don't have money for them all. It started out as me feeding the poor skinny cats and then I noticed how well I could tame them and that's what I did. Now only 2 are about 99% tame. The rest act like they have been all their lives.When I DO have the salary of a Scientist, I plan on opening up a cat shelter (NO KILL GRRR) and tame cats people want as a pet, but don't wanna mess with taming...and also take care of the strays people find.That's part of y I'm moving. New job and new life...I must save my kitties and all I can....Meow!!!!
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