>>My first cat has dissapeared and naturally my wife and I are rather upset.
>>He has been missing for about 36 hours now.
>>My question is do cats often stray and return or will I never see him
>>Any info greatly appreciated.
>I have had many cats over the years that have strayed for as long as a
>month. I do not know what sort of area you live in (urban/rural) but
>that can make a difference - all my cats have been in rural areas.
>I won't lie to you, some of the cats have also never returned. I would
>say to wait at least a week before you give up hope though.
My family has had cats go on "leave" for anywhere from a day to two months.
One thing to think about is that, depending on where you live, the cat might
be caught in someone's shed or garage, since they do like to explore. Especially
if there might be mice about.
On the bright side, they've always come back. I hope yours does, too.
Have any of your neighbors gone on vacation in the last 36-48 hours, where
they might have closed their garage with a curious cat inside? Again, this
depends on the type of area you live in.
Have you lived in this area long? If the cat is new to the area, it might
just be lost, or it might be trying to return to somewhere else it regarded
as "home". This is unlikely if the cat has been with you for awhile, so
don't get upset.
If you've canvassed the neighborhood, then make sure you've spread the word
amongst your neighbors. Kids can be a good resource, since they go places
a lot of ***s wouldn't. If you offer a reward, they'll look even harder.
Post signs around the area, as well.
I almost overlooked the most obvious thing- As soon as possible, go check
your nearest animal shelter. Someone may have picked the cat up, thinking
it's a stray. Even if it's not there, leave a description, so that they can
let you know if someone close to yours comes in.
And I'd give it more than a week. Don't give up hope, but be prepared. I'm
sure others on this group will send you their wishes for good luck as well.
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