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I am so worried!

post #1 of 11
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Dusty went out early this morning without eating, and she hasn't come back all day.

Dusty was a content only kitty for the past 4 1/2 years since she first adopted us by deciding to live on our patio furniture. She has been the best kitty, and we love her.

About a month ago we accepted a second kitty, a very active kitten. Dusty hasn't been thrilled with the new addition, but she seems to be passively tolerating her most of the time, except when Squeak gets too close.

Until we got Squeak, Dusty would always spend her days sleeping on our patio furniture. But for the past week or so Dusty wants out in the morning and isn't on our patio like normal. I don't know where she goes, but she usually comes back during the day to eat. This morning she didn't eat before she went out, and she hasn't been back all day. I'm worried sick.

Now I'm having second thoughts about adopting Squeak and wonder if we should keep her. I don't want Dusty to feel unwelcome here, since she came here first. But in the last 4 weeks of having Squeak, we've also become attached to her.

I don't know what to do, and if anything happens to Dusty, I'll never forgive myself.
post #2 of 11
that Dusty comes back soon, and adapts to Squeak. It's only been a month, so there's still plenty of hope that she'll learn to accept her.
post #3 of 11
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She has been gone for about 9 hours now. That's not like her. I hate to think that she is leaving our yard because of Squeak. We aren't letting Squeak outside, so Dusty shouldn't feel threatened when Squeak is inside and she is on the patio furniture. I just don't understand. Last night they were both sleeping with me - Squeak between hubby and me, and Dusty in her normal position curled up on my elbow.

I'm on the verge of tears with worry. Maybe she is looking for a new family, just like she found us over 4 years ago.
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
Dusty went out early this morning without eating, and she hasn't come back all day.

Dusty was a content only kitty for the past 4 1/2 years since she first adopted us by deciding to live on our patio furniture. She has been the best kitty, and we love her.

About a month ago we accepted a second kitty, a very active kitten. Dusty hasn't been thrilled with the new addition, but she seems to be passively tolerating her most of the time, except when Squeak gets too close.

Until we got Squeak, Dusty would always spend her days sleeping on our patio furniture. But for the past week or so Dusty wants out in the morning and isn't on our patio like normal. I don't know where she goes, but she usually comes back during the day to eat. This morning she didn't eat before she went out, and she hasn't been back all day. I'm worried sick.

Now I'm having second thoughts about adopting Squeak and wonder if we should keep her. I don't want Dusty to feel unwelcome here, since she came here first. But in the last 4 weeks of having Squeak, we've also become attached to her.

I don't know what to do, and if anything happens to Dusty, I'll never forgive myself.
Is there anyway at all that Dusty could become an Inside cat? Is the patio open to the outside, or closed?
many many vibes for her safe return!!
post #5 of 11
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Is there anyway at all that Dusty could become an Inside cat? Is the patio open to the outside, or closed?
many many vibes for her safe return!!
Oh how I wish! She was an outdoor cat before she came to us. We try keeping her inside, but she hollers so much, we give in an open the door. No, the patio is not enclosed, and she climbs over the fence into the neighbor's yards. We are looking to buy a house, and we are hoping for a covered patio that we can screen in for the cats.

She has never run away before! I'm wondering if she is locked in someone's garage. She didn't eat before she went out at 5:30 this morning. Up until about 2 yrs ago she used to hunt and catch birds to eat, but she hasn't done that in ages.

She has a tag with my cell # on it, as well as being microchipped, so hopefully, if anything bad happened to her, someone would call us.
post #6 of 11
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Good news! She finally came home and was very hungry. Then she wanted out, but huh, no way! Definitely not tonight.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
Good news! She finally came home and was very hungry. Then she wanted out, but huh, no way! Definitely not tonight.
Elsa did that once, and I think was gone for the night. She came home smelling like gasoline.
post #8 of 11
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She has no appreciation of how much I worry! Sometimes I swear it was easier having kids!
post #9 of 11
I am so glad she came home!! I know exactly how you were feeling and I felt horrible for you.

It would be great if you could find a way to keep her inside, but I know it is hard when they cry to get out. Are you moving close by? It will be important to keep her inside for a very long time after you move. We moved a cat that we had been caring for, and he kept getting out and going back to his original place-and got hit by a car too! Thankfully he was not injured and now he is living here with us and is doing great! Never goes near the door at all!

I 'm sure Dusty and Squeak will be fine with some time.
post #10 of 11
Thank goodness this has a happy ending!

Don't give up on Squeak...Dusty will adjust. In a month or two she will forget Squeak wasn't always there. It does take some cats longer than others.

sounds like Dusty has found a place to sleep during the day away from kitten antics. I wonder if there's some way to lure her back to staying on the porch furniture. A cat nip pilow on each chair perhaps?
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Dusty's Mom View Post
Good news! She finally came home and was very hungry. Then she wanted out, but huh, no way! Definitely not tonight.
OMG - thank GOD! I was so afraid of opening this thread! TRAUMA! Whew!
Good job Dusty!!! You stay put for mommy tonight!
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