When Kitty Runs Away.

A friend of mine encountered a problem of one of their male cats went missing the other day. I thought I’d share some tips I gave her as they searched for him.

  • Search for them when things are calmer outside. Such as between 9pm-5pm. They will be more likely to come out and they will be easier to catch.
  • Do not wait to search. Go about your search calmly but swiftly.
  • Put something outside with a familiar scent. It could be your hoodie, their favorite blanket or toy etc. A cat’s scent can carry pretty far.
  • Also putting out smelly food(fishy scented food works best)can help. But make sure to monitor the food especially at night because other cats or animals that notice the food might keep your cat from approaching.
  • Alert neighbors and local animal shelters or vet clinics to your situation as well as your cat’s name and what they look like. The more people being on the look out the more likely you can get a sense of what area to search in or having the likelihood of someone else finding your cat. Give them a number to call in case they find your cat before you do.
  • If your cat is used to the outdoors though it would be best to widen your search. Wandering far isn’t unusual for them.
  • When you find them the most ideal way to approach them is low to the ground and calling their name in a soft voice. Don’t give off a feeling of “I am going to pounce once you come close”. They’re most likely scared and on high alert even if you’re their owner. The best way I can describe it is try to embody “safety” because that is what your cat is looking for in the first place when dealing with an unfamiliar environment. Be the way you are with them normally.
  • Overall know where your cat likes to hide. What places do they consider safe? As a general rule I check underneath cars, in bushes, boxes, under stairs or a porch etc. Also knowing whether they tend to stick to lower or higher ground is very helpful.

Those are just a few tips I’ve learned mostly based on experience as well as common sense as a cat owner. As well as having worked with people that humanely trap animals or deal with lost pet situations often. Feel free to add any of your own tips! I kept this post general but discussing the differences in searching for a completely indoor vs indoor/outdoor cat is important as well if anyone would like me to bring that up. (By the way my friend thankfully found her cat that same day. I might write another post about that considering it brings up the decision to have an indoor/outdoor cat).

My furbabies

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I thought now would be the best time to talk about my babies. The first picture is of River(on the left) and Pumpkin(on the right). They were foster cats at first. We live across the street from a boarding kennel and they also sometimes have adoptions. River and Pumpkin were sisters that had been waiting for a home for about a year. They needed more interaction with people so we decided to try out fostering for the first time. Pumpkin was a hider. I had to go between giving her space and getting her used to be held and coaxing her with fun toys. River was entirely different. She spat and hissed and was very aggressive. It took a lot of having the family go about their day around her before she felt even barely comfortable enough to come out most days. They both flourished the more we showed them that it was not a scary space and they could make it their own. We decided to keep them when it seemed apparent that no serious adoptions were coming up. I had fallen in love with taking care of them and working with getting them to a good place behavior-wise. Now Pumpkin is the most affectionate cat you will meet(with strangers it takes a bit but as long as she is approached positively she will warm up to them) and River, though still pretty shy and jumpy at times, will cuddle up occasionally and is the LOUDEST cat when you bring out the food. They both have such different but unique and loving personalities.

The second picture is of Kasumi. She came to our home awhile back with her sister Katie May. They were barn cats that needed a home and of course we have a habit of taking in sibling pairs in this family. Katie May passed away this year due to hyperthyroid and renal disease. We bring up fun memories we have of Katie all the time. It was really tough to take of her chronic issues but we did literally everything we could till the very end and we thankfully made the right choice in putting her to sleep when we did. Kasumi has since tried to interact with River and Pumpkin a tad more. She isn’t the most social cat and tends to have her own way of doing things but she has her own place in this family. Ill have to share funny pictures I’ve gotten of her over the years in another post. For a skiddish cat she has been the most eccentric pet I’ve had in my life.

And those are the furbabies we have so far! We have fostered a couple others and I’ve taken care of my partners cat’s over the years as well. But Ill share their stories another time =)

The start of my passion!

I have been wanting to go back to school for awhile to start my certification. But things in life pop up. Money is not always available. Things happen. But I figured in the meantime I would get my expertise out there and start helping people with advice and simple plans until I can move on up. Plus I know not everyone can afford what a certified specialist costs but could still use tips and someone to guide them if their cat is having a behavioral issue.

I am going to use this blog to post my experiences with cats. Ill share good books or article I’ve read. Products I recommend. Recipes for cat food or treats. Ill bring up cat related discussions as well. I want this space to be all about cat related care and being a resource for all cat parents!

Here is a link to the ad I put up on Craigslist for cat behavior plans and Skype sessions: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/pas/4677933819.html