Another lost cat question
November 16, 2011 2:09 PM Subscribe
How much sense of place do cats really have (or another lost cat question)?
posted by Runes to pets & animals (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
One of my cats got out the front door last night. Normally these are entirely indoor cats, but he manages to sneak out a couple of times a year. His usual behavior on doing so is to go two feet from the door, have an "OMG! OUTSIDE!", munch some grass, and is coaxed back inside. Or he runs around to the back door where he heads inside. This time he got out, headed to the back yard, and is now GONE! This happened at about 10:30 last night, and I spent until 2 wandering in ever-widening circles calling his name and he didn't show up. Did the same in the morning, and have been wandering around every couple of hours since, though recently I've started taking a bag of cat food based on a previous suggestion and shaking it as I call his name.
So now we're pretty freaked out. We've lived here for a little over 5 years, and he's never done this before. One more data point is that it rained yesterday before he got out, and the ground was pretty wet until about 11 am this morning. Has anyone had a cat do this, and return? Are we out one cat? There isn't anything in our area big enough to eat him.