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Please help me find a lost cat - UPDATE: CAT HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!!!!
My House | Monday, August 28, 2006 | Momaw Nadon

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.


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KEYWORDS: cat; catfound; cathasbeenfound; found; lost
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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.

1 posted on 08/28/2006 4:38:36 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
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To: Momaw Nadon

Open a can of tuna.


2 posted on 08/28/2006 4:39:53 PM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Electric can opener.

They can't resist it.


3 posted on 08/28/2006 4:40:17 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: Momaw Nadon; Slings and Arrows

Check the tub and shower. Seriesly.


4 posted on 08/28/2006 4:40:32 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Momaw Nadon; Slings and Arrows
Not sure how we can help. You want us all to come over?
5 posted on 08/28/2006 4:40:54 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Some cats will get up in the lining of the mattres and hide there.


6 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:05 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: Momaw Nadon

Attic? It may have been picked up and is in the Animal shelter. Do you live in the country?


7 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:20 PM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Roll a ball of yarn around the living room. Bingo! The cat pounces.


8 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:26 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Cats can crawl up into very small spaces even into the rafters.


9 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:33 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Check the tub and shower. Seriesly.

Been there, done that.

Several times.

10 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:47 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Momaw Nadon

I second the tuna. No cat can resist.


11 posted on 08/28/2006 4:41:57 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Also, check the box spring of any bed. They will claw the flimsy cloth underneath and crawl up into the box spring.


12 posted on 08/28/2006 4:42:18 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Momaw Nadon

Buy a mouse.


13 posted on 08/28/2006 4:42:48 PM PDT by Cvengr (well,...maybe not minutes...)
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To: Dallas59

Possibly the attic, but I have checked every room on every floor many times.


14 posted on 08/28/2006 4:43:04 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


15 posted on 08/28/2006 4:43:26 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Vermonter; Momaw Nadon
Some cats will get up in the lining of the mattres and hide there.

That's where my cats hide.

Look underneath the couch and inside recliners too.

16 posted on 08/28/2006 4:43:38 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: Momaw Nadon

If that doesn't work, buy a dog to keep it away, then it will be sure to come back,...cats are like that.


17 posted on 08/28/2006 4:44:08 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Momaw Nadon; Bacon Man; Hap

Do you have a recliner chair? Bacon and Hap have one cat who has been known to climb inside the recliner from underneath.


18 posted on 08/28/2006 4:44:53 PM PDT by Xenalyte
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To: Dallas59
Do you live in the country?

I live in a suburban city. All the doors to the house have been closed.

19 posted on 08/28/2006 4:44:57 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: HairOfTheDog; Momaw Nadon

That's right, dresser drawers; pull out the drawers and check behind them.


20 posted on 08/28/2006 4:45:06 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: stands2reason; Momaw Nadon

Behind a clothes dresser, mine jump in any open drawer and then jump into the back of the dresser.


21 posted on 08/28/2006 4:45:19 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Momaw Nadon

Yes, check the linings of beds AND sofas.

Cats do so love to hide. The tuna trick sounds good too.


22 posted on 08/28/2006 4:45:42 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delenda est publius schola)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Cats are like telemarketers, whenever you want one, they're never around, but everytime you sit down for dinner they interrupt your routine.


23 posted on 08/28/2006 4:45:44 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Cvengr

LOL!


24 posted on 08/28/2006 4:46:09 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: HairOfTheDog
You want us all to come over?

I would love to have all of you come over.

25 posted on 08/28/2006 4:46:52 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Cvengr

My cat will sit on me as I'm just about ready to get up to do something.


26 posted on 08/28/2006 4:46:58 PM PDT by stands2reason (ANAGRAM for the day: Socialist twaddle == Tact is disallowed)
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To: Momaw Nadon
He/she may have taken up residence at somebody else's house for a while. Especially if they were fed. We had a cat that hung around for a few days, collar and all, after my roomate fed it salmon. When that was gone he took off.
27 posted on 08/28/2006 4:46:58 PM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: Momaw Nadon
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

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.

28 posted on 08/28/2006 4:47:52 PM PDT by been_lurking
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To: Momaw Nadon
For what it's worth...

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.

Good luck.

29 posted on 08/28/2006 4:48:09 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Dallas59
Is it neutered? He/she may be out having a little fun...
30 posted on 08/28/2006 4:48:34 PM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


31 posted on 08/28/2006 4:48:45 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Momaw Nadon; Jet Jaguar; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; ...
Check inside any stray articles of clothing, coats, tarps, etc. Seriesly. I almost lost a kitten that way.


32 posted on 08/28/2006 4:50:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: been_lurking
Is the food still being eaten? Is the litter box still being used?

The cat ate food and used the litter box last night.

We're having trouble finding it today.

33 posted on 08/28/2006 4:50:32 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: been_lurking; Momaw Nadon

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.


34 posted on 08/28/2006 4:51:35 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (Head On. Apply directly to the forehead!)
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To: Dallas59
Is it neutered?

The cat is neutered.

35 posted on 08/28/2006 4:52:12 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


36 posted on 08/28/2006 4:52:43 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Momaw Nadon

1. Check under the couch cushions.

2. Check the lunch special at the nearest Chinese restaurant.

(One of the above is a joke.)


37 posted on 08/28/2006 4:52:45 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: Quix

Quix,

In your studies of alien abduction, have you EVER heard about pets being abducted?

No joking. This is a serious question.


38 posted on 08/28/2006 4:54:51 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


39 posted on 08/28/2006 4:55:14 PM PDT by alarm rider (Those that vote for RINOS knowingly, have already admitted defeat.)
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To: Momaw Nadon
Call the pound and see if they rent these humane traps:

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.

40 posted on 08/28/2006 4:55:46 PM PDT by LongElegantLegs (You can do that, and be a whack-job pedophile on meth.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.


41 posted on 08/28/2006 4:56:21 PM PDT by js1138 (Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!")
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To: stands2reason

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!".


42 posted on 08/28/2006 4:58:14 PM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Momaw Nadon
The cat's probably hiding in one of the cupboards... the washing machine or looking down from one of the shelves.
43 posted on 08/28/2006 5:00:51 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Momaw Nadon

I just freed a kitty trapped in the store room for two days.


44 posted on 08/28/2006 5:01:30 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: HairOfTheDog

*** 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.


45 posted on 08/28/2006 5:02:00 PM PDT by kitkat (The first step down to hell is to deny the existence of evil.)
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To: thoughtomator
I use Possum' Brand Sardines. They are rank and the cats come from everywhere to eat them. If the cat got outside and one lived here, the most logical place to look for the missing cat would be in the stomach of a coyote. Coyotes are ruthless and lethal on cats that venture out 'round here.
46 posted on 08/28/2006 5:02:09 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Momaw Nadon

Look in the closets. I closed my puppy in a closet and went mad looking for him.


47 posted on 08/28/2006 5:03:27 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (Save the Earth - it's the only planet with chocolate)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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.]


48 posted on 08/28/2006 5:04:24 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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."


49 posted on 08/28/2006 5:05:16 PM PDT by kitkat (The first step down to hell is to deny the existence of evil.)
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To: Momaw Nadon

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).


50 posted on 08/28/2006 5:07:02 PM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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