Skip to comments.Please help me find a lost cat - UPDATE: CAT HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!!!!
Posted on 08/28/2006 4:38:35 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
This week my parents and I are cat-sitting my brother's fiance's cat. They went away for the week so he could meet her parents for the first time. She has had the cat for 10 years.
We have never had a pet before. The cat got here on Friday, August 25 and it was last seen about 3:30 A.M. this Monday morning August 28. Since Friday, the cat has generally hidden under a bed or sofa during the day, and has come out at night to eat and use the litter box. We had no problem locating where the cat was until today. The doors going outside have always been closed and even the doors to the 2nd floor where we live have been closed.
My parents and I have searched the house several times over, looking under every bed and sofa. We checked under the stove, under the refrigerator, under the sink, in all of the closets and cupboards. We have checked in all of the rooms many times.
I am asking for advice on how to find this cat. At this time, I believe the cat is in the house. It would have had to go through several closed and locked doors to get outside.
Any advice in finding the cat is greatly appreciated.
My Mom, who was given the task of cat-sitting for a week, is worried sick. My soon to be Sister-In-Law has had this cat for over ten years.
THIS IS NOT A JOKE.
Open a can of tuna.
Electric can opener.
They can't resist it.
Check the tub and shower. Seriesly.
Some cats will get up in the lining of the mattres and hide there.
Attic? It may have been picked up and is in the Animal shelter. Do you live in the country?
Roll a ball of yarn around the living room. Bingo! The cat pounces.
Cats can crawl up into very small spaces even into the rafters.
Been there, done that.
I second the tuna. No cat can resist.
Also, check the box spring of any bed. They will claw the flimsy cloth underneath and crawl up into the box spring.
Buy a mouse.
Possibly the attic, but I have checked every room on every floor many times.
Seriously, cats can find very small places to hide. Maybe up in the springs of the bed or furniture, may be in the drawers of a cabinet, may be in the top or back of closets.
Best bet, if the can opener and tuna doesn't work, would be to just stop rummaging around and let the house be peaceful and quiet for awhile.
That's where my cats hide.
Look underneath the couch and inside recliners too.
If that doesn't work, buy a dog to keep it away, then it will be sure to come back,...cats are like that.
Do you have a recliner chair? Bacon and Hap have one cat who has been known to climb inside the recliner from underneath.
I live in a suburban city. All the doors to the house have been closed.
That's right, dresser drawers; pull out the drawers and check behind them.
Behind a clothes dresser, mine jump in any open drawer and then jump into the back of the dresser.
Yes, check the linings of beds AND sofas.
Cats do so love to hide. The tuna trick sounds good too.
Cats are like telemarketers, whenever you want one, they're never around, but everytime you sit down for dinner they interrupt your routine.
I would love to have all of you come over.
My cat will sit on me as I'm just about ready to get up to do something.
Is the food still being eaten? Is the litter box still being used?
It seems to me if the answer to these two questions is NO, then searching the house may be a big waste of time.
Once one of my cats got under the bed, shredded the fabric that covers the box springs and crawled inside for a long nap (not a dirt nap). You might also check out any sofa-beds or reclining chairs, if you have any. Cats can get into tight spaces. Check inside of washing machines, dryers and also cupboards.
Some might be tempted to use 14Ga shot, but be sure to load with rock salt first. And don't shoot too many holes in the ceiling, ...at least until you hear it scampering around real good. The buy a real good dog, like a Boxer or Black Labrador Retriever. They can help fetch what you hit.
The cat ate food and used the litter box last night.
We're having trouble finding it today.
Being missing since 3:30 this morning isn't really that long. They can go without eating... without using the litterbox... that long. I bet it has not escaped if you've been careful about doors... but remain vigiliant about keeping doors and windows closed.
I think the cat's just stressed out, some cats don't transport well, and all the rummaging around looking is probably not helping. I'd calm down, let the house be quiet, and you'll see the cat come out eventually.
The cat is neutered.
Of course, you might be able to train a good German Shepherd to come out of the house just 'bout time your sister in law arrives. If you haven't found the cat, just find some fake fur 'bout the same color as the cat and wrap it round the Shepherd's neck like a bandana,...then when she finds the cat, no matter what shape its in, she'll be happy.
No problem, we've got tons of ideas to help out round yonder.
1. Check under the couch cushions.
2. Check the lunch special at the nearest Chinese restaurant.
(One of the above is a joke.)
In your studies of alien abduction, have you EVER heard about pets being abducted?
No joking. This is a serious question.
If you have box springs, open on the bottom, check there. Check all wall spaces even if you thin they are too small for the cat. Behind washers and dryers, in kitchen cabinets, etc. Good luck, some cats are inscrutable.
Bait it with tuna and wait. I would strongly reccomend keeping it in a crate till it's owner returns. Cats are very sneaky animals.
I don't have advice, but I have information. Some cats are great hiders. My son's cat managed to hide in a motel room that had a platform bed -- no way to get under it.
It has disappeared for days at a time, particularly when cared for by someone other than my son.
I've listened to theologians describe the difference between cats and dogs.
When a dog sees you, he thinks, "Man, this guy feeds me, houses me, cares for me and loves me,.. Man! This guy must be God!".
The cat thinks, "Man, this guy feeds me, houses me, cares for me and loves me,.. Man! I must be God!".
I just freed a kitty trapped in the store room for two days.
*** let the house be quiet, and you'll see the cat come out eventually.***
but you will NEVER know where the cat came out from. It will just APPEAR from nowhere.
Look in the closets. I closed my puppy in a closet and went mad looking for him.
Have you looked on top of the fridge? Cats really like that spot, as well as the box spring matress and recliners. Make sure your vent covers are all in place.
If it's been eating and crapping in the box it is OK, but probably just a little nervous since it is in strange surroundings - the last time the cat was taken from the house it probably got neutered so maybe it's afraid it's going to get operated on again. It will probably come out in public again when it hears the familiar voice of its owners. [My cat used to love car rides until one of them ended with a spay-job at the vet's office- now I can't get her into the crate for a trip without risk of losing fingers and eyeballs.]
Check in the linen closet. Waaaay in the back. "These towels are so soft and smell so good, and it's dark and safe from those strange people. I'll just wait here until my human comes back."
Oh yes, you should check the washer and dryer to make sure kitty hasn't found a warm place to hide out (especially the dryer).