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14 June 2013 @ 08:42 am
lost and found  
While I was in California at the end of May, my awesome cat slipped out of the house and went missing. It sucked a lot to be far away for that, as it made it impossible to do a lot of the things I would have done otherwise, especially wander around the neighborhood calling her. She's pretty responsive to me and that might have worked. I got home just shy of a week after she first went missing, and though I did go calling around the neighborhood a bit, it felt a lot less useful, because I kind of felt like, well, if she's nearby, surely she would have found her way home?

So, my first week back, I spent as much time outside around the house as I could, a lot of it talking, so she might hear us, but I was feeling like it was too little, too late. I also contacted Somerville Animal Control (they're super, super nice), and kind of decided that probably Kitty had been taken in by a family nearby.

Then, this Wednesday, out of nowhere, Kitty returned! She sauntered into the house while amber_phoenix was home and longueur and I were off running Poly Speed Dating. WTF? and YAY!! So, that's three weeks she was gone, and she has definitely lost weight, but she isn't skin and bones, and she's totally still herself. I'm SO HAPPY to have her back, but more than ever, I wish she spoke English, because I have so many questions! Where did she go? Why was she gone so long? How did she find her way back?? WHAT HAPPENED?

I'll never know, but ultimately, that's okay, because her purr is as good as ever. Maybe better.
I'm feeling: happyhappy
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on June 14th, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)
Glad she found her way back. Sorry she can't tell you about her adventures.
veek on June 14th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
This is SUCH good news. And I also wish she spoke English. Love love love to all of you.
Mizarchivist: Life is GOODmizarchivist on June 14th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it! I'd love to hear the kitty story, too, if only there was a cat-to-English translator.
blk: emberblk on June 14th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Oh WHEW! That must be such a relief to have her home and safe! I'm happy for you and for her!

I definitely wish my cat spoke English, because she likes to have conversations with us EVERY day (usually while one of us is in the shower), and it's clear she is trying to communicate SOMEthing. I would be so heartbroken if she didn't come home.
blk: computerblk on June 14th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
This post prompted me to wonder about disease risks for indoor cats who escape, as I know that indoor cats are not always vaccinated for everything that outdoor cats are. If you have looked into this any, does your vet recommend any post-escape treatment? I haven't found anything online that specifically addresses this.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on June 14th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
This also crossed my mind, so I have a vet appointment for her for next week. I'll let you know what I learn!
blkblk on June 14th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
porpurina: obsidianbloodstones on June 14th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Are you sure? I maintain a feral cat colony and the trap-neuter-return cats get the same vaccines that the trap-neuter-adopt cats get. I've had strays show up in my backyard twice and the vet gave the cats a once over when I took them in to get checked for a microchip. The first cat was obviously well taken care of by his owner (he was neutered so it was pretty safe to assume he was vaccinated) and they just recommended treating for fleas and combing the smaller bits of matted fur out (they shaved off the larger bits of matted fur). The second cat was obviously not well taken care of by his previous owner - he wasn't neutered despite having cryptorchidism which means he was at fairly high risk for cancer, and had a huge wound on his tail. The owner never turned up, so we treated the wound and got him neutered and vaccinated, but they didn't recommend anything different for him either.

ETA: Also yay for cats coming back! The first stray who turned up had been missing for over two months. They do surprisingly well outside.

Edited at 2013-06-14 03:33 pm (UTC)
blkblk on June 14th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Am I sure that some indoor cats don't get the same vaccines that outdoor cats do? Yes, because my cat got a couple extra vaccines once she became indoor-outdoor (I don't remember which ones, sorry), and searching the web for cat vaccinations finds a number of varying recommendations on who should get what, depending partially on lifestyle.

I'm also sure that different vets will have different priorities and there are probably many who don't make any differentiation. It's also possible that vaccines are only preventative, and so any post-outdoor care would be moot unless specific health problems were noted.

Next time I see my vet I will also ask, but we're not due for another 6 months-ish.
Brother Claymore of Desirable Mindfulnesslifecollage on June 15th, 2013 11:05 am (UTC)
Feline Leukemia (FeLv) is the big vaccine that they want outdoor cats to have, and don't frequently bother with indoor cats on. Feline HIV/AIDS (FeHIV) is the other.

My cat had a wonderful Houdini habit (oy), so I made sure he had both and kept them updated. When he finally did get out for an extended period of time, this meant I wasn't worried about his exposure to those two.

Ah, the joys of pet parenthood....
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on June 14th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
I love cats that chat. Except when it's 3am and it's time for a heart to heart.

I know that Madame's meows are mostly regarding how shockingly lax I am in pampering her in her preferred fashion.
Beowabbit: Animals: three kittensbeowabbit on June 14th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
OH, YAY! I am so glad to hear that!
Minerva: lynxminerva42 on June 14th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
I am so glad she's returned to you! Yay! =^_^=
Brother Claymore of Desirable Mindfulness: happy catlifecollage on June 14th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
So very glad Kitty is safe and sound! I wish she could tell you of her travels - I wonder if she made a journey over to UDL?

Yay, Kitty!
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on June 14th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
I wondered the same!
pumpkin_pi on June 14th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! One of my cats did that a few years ago - disappeared for *weeks* and then came home. Damn cats. :)
Kcatkcatalyst on June 14th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yay yay yay!!
Cat of LOVE!kimberlogic on June 14th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
that's fantastic - so glad she made it home!
Chance: Content Catherinemiss_chance on June 14th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh! So glad she's home!
Had I known, I would have walked around and called for her.

Edited at 2013-06-14 04:45 pm (UTC)
cheveux sable with earworm rampant: hannahlcohen on June 14th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
hurray for the prodigal cat's return!
Yagayagagriswold on June 14th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! So glad she's home safe and sound.
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on June 14th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! Welcome home Kitty. Is Motley happier now that she's back?
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on June 14th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, Motley is PISSED.
Kcatkcatalyst on June 14th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hee! Poor Motley. And by that I mostly mean, "yay! Kitty's home!"
Completely Socially Unacceptabledeirdre on June 14th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Best news I've heard all week!

Hooray for the return of Kitty!
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on June 14th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)

I suspect even if she spoke English she would never reveal the full truth.
goslinggosling on June 14th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad she is back!

When I was a toddler, my family was preparing to move. A little bit before we were scheduled to leave, our beloved cat Abby disappeared. My dad and I went out calling for her many times, occasionally seeing some animal's eyes watching us. Just as we were getting into the car to leave, all of our furniture and everything having already gone ahead, Abby appeared and jumped into the car.
Renata Piper: djspookylyonesse on June 15th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
awesome news! thanks for sharing :)
The Onion Girl: kitlingstshuma on June 15th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
I am glad your catchild found her way home again. Our favorite cat managed to slip outside not long after we moved to a new place. She was gone for only hours, but it was a harrowing night of little sleep for anyone before she came home and cried to be let inside. Then she did it again, and she was gone most of a day and a night. We're slowly fixing the latches on all the doors and keeping an eye on her whenever one is open.

It can be a hard life, being a beloved indoor kitling. Sometimes the story of Inside, with its purrings and pettings and treats and hidey-holes simply cannot compete with the campfire tales of Outside, full of rustlings and flutterings and impertinent creatures who have yet to learn the fear of She Who Would Rule With An Iron Paw (If She Could Ever Figure Out How to Work a Bast-bedamned Doorlatch).