Originally Posted by Catguy75
I have a pregnant female that usually stays outside but we brought her in so she could have the kittens and we can get her fixed. Last night as I was coming in she bolted out the door unexpectedly. It was raining outside which was blowing my mind as to why she would run out. It was dark and I couldn't see where she went. I left the garage door cracked for her with food and her box so she would come in when she was ready. I woke up today and she hadn't been in the garage, or at least not touched the food. I have been looking for her all day. I can't find her. She is about to give birth anyday now and I fear that she has ran off and went into labor or has gotten hurt. I did notice a few minutes ago that the food in the garage has been eaten on in the last hour. I went searching again the best I could (cause it is dark) and still no luck. She is such a great cat and usually comes when you call her, no matter where she is. I feel that she didn't like being confined lately and she bolted out fearing we would confine her in the house again. I also had noticed other cats hanging out in our yard, and some even coming into our garage lately. She may have been smelling them and it spooked her. So I don't know if it was her that ate the food or another cat. Do you think if she did go into labor and found shelter that she will bring her litter to us and return home? She is all the time catching rats or birds and bringing them to the door. She is so affecinate that she even goes up to strangers and lets them rub her belly and plays with them. She is not a shy cat at all.
I am so sad...I miss her so much......
This is not good...I would suggest you borrow a humane trap and set it up with the food you have in the garage. Unfortunately time is of the essense...if she has her kittens outdoors....chances are she will not show you where they are and given that there are other (probably intact) cats around...she can get pregnant again as early as a week after giving birth. If you do manage to trap her...she needs to be confined within your house to one room so that she cannot accidentally dart outdoors again.
Here is advice on finding a lost cat:
Most people don’t differentiate between searching for a dog and searching for a cat, which is a huge mistake, because they are like apples and oranges. Cats are territorial, so when an indoor cat escapes outside, they feel displaced into unfamiliar territory. A displaced cat (and also an injured or sick cat) will hide and they will be silent. So walking around and calling the cat’s name doesn’t work.
What that cat does is to look for the first place where she can hide, and she will stay there. We’ve had people who have recovered their cats six weeks later, and the cat was two houses down, living under the neighbor’s house or under their deck.
We’ve actually recovered lots of cats by treating them like ferals and setting a humane trap. These cats will sit there and watch and even listen to their person calling, but they will usually not respond.
Eventually, some of them will reach a threshold point between the seventh and tenth day where they finally do meow or they go into the humane trap, but many of them, especially the ones with skittish temperaments, just continue to hide.
As for a cat who is used to going outside, we really do advocate making your cats indoor-only. However, if an indoor/outdoor cat does go missing, it may be that they’ve been chased by a dog or beat up by another cat. They may run into an unfamiliar area, and they may hide in fear as well, or than can be transported out of the area by crawling into a car or the back of a truck.
Outdoor cats are still territorial. They don’t generally travel great distances by themselves, so they’re going to be found within their territory or just beyond it. You’ll want to get into your neighbor’s yard to search under their porch, under their house, and in potential areas where the cat is trapped, because, again, the behavior of an injured or sick cat is that they will crawl in or under something that’s familiar to them and they will hide. And again, they won’t answer your call.