Oh my gosh, what a great site! I had never heard of Carl Washington.
I'm keeping Percy's food and water out, checking periodically throughout the night (the one time my insomnia actually pays off ha ha), doing everything I normally do.
Today I went out and checked our barn again, even more thoroughly than before. I don't see any signs of Percy at all, just Cassie (who has been spending more and more time in the house).
The longest Percy has ever been gone was 2 and a half weeks, so it is possible that he will return again.
There are so many things that could happen out here, you're right, hissy. I'm not sure that I will ever be able to get used to losing these cats that decide the outdoor life is better for them!
Just the other day, there was a coyote out in the field by the house. I know they are out there and that they are a danger for cats. Percy has been able to outwit them for 3 years, I'm hoping that he has continued to do so.
It is possible he is locked up in someone else's barn somewhere down the road the other way, as well. I would love to get that phone call asking if I'm the "crazy cat lady"!
Thanks everyone for your well wishes and advice. I will definitely keep you posted.