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Come Home vibes please, neighbour's cat!

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I don't know my neighbours well (they're quite new) but I did get to know one of their cats!

I received a littl leaflet yesterday explainging that Gizmo went missing on Saturday during a downpour She is a pretty timid cat and would only venture as far as my fence while we were in the garden!

I am going to pop round to offer my assistance, but would really appreciate some come home }}}VIBES{{{ being sent their way too!

Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 11
sending loads of good }}}}}vibes{{{{{
the exact same thing has happened to us, when we came home from a week away & had a letter through the door about our neighbours cat which has gone walk about sorry to say we've not found her yet..but there's always hope she'll come back of her own accord...

come home Gizmo your meowmy & co miss you!
post #3 of 11
Tons of come home vibes being sent Sarah.........that would be one of my worst nightmares................
post #4 of 11
Sending lots of vibes that Gizmo returns home safely.
post #5 of 11
awww...Lots of {{{{COME HOME!!!}}}} vibes are being sent their way!!
post #6 of 11
Oh I hope this poor kitty comes home. Plenty of vibes headed your way!
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the vibes everyone!

I didn't manage to speak to my neighbours, but did drop a little note through with ideas of more ways to try and find her (including a UK rescue forum that runs lost and founds)

I don't know if they have done anything about it, but I'm not giving up hope that Gizmo will come home!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
A little girl just called on my door to see if I owned a cat called Gizmo - she said that she'd found her! I was so excited that I went with her to find her!

Sadly, she had mistaken Charlie for Gizmo I'm pleased that they called on me rather than her owners, as they would have felt more disappointment than I feel now

Come home sweetie!
post #9 of 11
Best Friends’ Animal Radio recently interviewed Kat Albrecht, author of The Lost Pet Chronicles, and she gave some very good 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.

Joy Moffat
Community Programs Special Project Coordinator
Best Friends Animal Society
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the information, I will pass it on to my neighbours and hopefully they will take in on board!

I do feel so worried about poor little Gizmo as she generally didn't leave the area, only venturing one garden along to come and see me and my cats when they were out!

Thanks again!
post #11 of 11
Any news about Gizmo??? I'm adding my {{{prayers and vibes}}} that she comes home safe and sound...
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