Hi everyone .... my cat Smoke is very precious to me, my niece was murdered back in '99 and he was given to her when he was a kitten as a Mother's Day present in '96. I have had him since then and have moved a couple times, and he has never run away. He is an indoor/outdoor cat (or atleast he was) and usually only went out if I was home, and came back atleast by bedtime. I could go to the door and call for him and he would come in for bed. There has only been a night or two here and there that he stayed out all night, but he was at the door first thing in the morning, that is, until recently! A few weeks ago he didn't come when I called him in the evening and was not at the door in the morning..... all day I worried about him. That night around 9pm I was going out the door to my car and there he was, casually walking up meowing! His behavior was kind of strange after that, he didn't want to go outside at all for a couple days. He also would mostly only stay in my room on my bed, and he meowed more than usual for attention (which I gladly gave him!) He would sometimes even follow me into the bathroom! The weekend of Mother's Day I went out of town and gave a neighbor my key to check on the animals and let him out for a little while, and he only went out once according to her! When I came home Monday he went out for a bit, and then came back in. Later in the afternoon he wanted out again and this time he didn't come when I called him.... he didn't show up the next morning either.... not even the next day! He stayed gone until today, which is over a week! He now has the same behavior meowing and staying in my room on my bed. He is rather thin looking and has a bit of a cough. I plan on taking him to the vet tomorrow, but have any of you ever experienced this before? I heard before that cats (outside ones) sometimes go away and die rather than dying in the home when they know they are sick or unable to live. I am wondering if he had done this, but since he was still alive he came back home for help?? Any advice would me MUCH appreciated!!!!!! Oh! And he is neutered in case any of you were wondering! Thanks ahead of time for ANY help anyone can give as to why he did this! Sorry this was so long!!
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5/23/06 at 3:50pm