Cats Who Stray

We all know the worry when our puss doesn’t come home one night for supper. Cats who stray cause so much worry and upset around the family. When their absence runs into 3 or 4 days, the feelers are out. Hours are spent searching the neighbor hood looking through the photo box for mugshots of puss to place on a missing poster and social media.

Neighbour’s are alerted, the animal charities and vets informed, in fact our puss has never been so famous. Psychic mediums are asked when the cats return will be. Cats who stray turn the world upside down until they saunter home having spent time with a new found friend. A kindly old lady has started to feed your cat and he decides he likes having a second home and might have a break there.

My cat called Georgy went missing for 6 weeks. I didn’t know whether to grieve for him or to keep praying and try to think positive during his absence. It was the not knowing that was the worst emotion of all.

6 weeks later and I heard that familiar cry as he jumped in the bathroom window and although he was very pleased to see me I was shocked. He was in great condition, obviously well groomed and fed and he just cuddled up on my lap and went to sleep. The wait was over and no explanations needed or forthcoming. Was he a traitor to me? and preferred a change of food elsewhere. I will never know but he never went away again and broke my heart.

Cats who return

Cats who stray can come back as an imposter. Another cat I had disappeared for 2 months and turned up. After a year of his return I took him to the vet for a check up to find out this cat was whole but my other cat had been neutered. Black cats look all the same to me.

Cats that go missing

Cats that go missing

I once experienced a cat that went missing  and he was my favourite tom cat and seemed very happy and content and lived with me and his sister cat and others.

cats that go missing
cats that go missing

One day he didn’t come home and after we had tried every conceivable way of drawing attention to hi disappearance,  posters with photos on lamp posts and in shop windows around the town and in the local papers.  We gave up after a few weeks and continued to grieve for him.

6 weeks to the day of his disappearance, he came in through the open bathroom window and I recognised his cry from where I was standing in my kitchen and thought this cannot be, but it was, it was Georgy sure enough.  He was well fed and groomed but must have got fed up with his second home, and seemed happy to be home.  All cats have a second home they say.  I never believed that to be true until then.

He never went away again though and lived until he was 14 when illness ended his life.

Cats who are forced to live with young children who don’t know any better than  to pull pussy’s ears, can and will make up there minds to leave and you will never see them again.  They are usually the cats that turn feral and join other stray cats because surely this is a better option than to be hurt by children physically.

As a member of Cats Protection and one who has to go in to peoples homes to assess if the potential owners are suitable, their homes and the environment are taken into account but I am on my guard where there are young children.  Not all young children would hurt an animal and some can be so gentle and caring but unfortunately the majority are not taught by busy parents, not to hurt the cat or dog.

Some cats are just plain unlucky and maybe go off chasing another cat in play or because one is in heat, and in the excitement get knocked over by a car.

It seems so unfair that cats can be killed on the roads and the incident doesn’t have to be reported.  Presently I have a petition running to make this a legal requirement to have to report an accident and with enough signatures the petition will then be sent to Parliament, but I have a long road to go with this yet.  If you have been patient enough to read my post and would like to sign my petition then you can do this at the foot of the Home page