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I don't know what to do!!

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 01:21 PM
My cat had surgery yesterday and escaped last night. I am not one of those cat owners that don't watch their cat close enough. He was spooked by the e collar and just bolted out the door when I went to feed the outside cats. The last I knew he was going into the other room and I barely opened the door. He is a Ferrel cat but is very tame and has been an inside/outside cat for about 1 year. I am so worried that he is going to get caught on something with the collar on or that his foot will start bleeding a lot. We haven't seem him since last night (15 hours ago). Has anyone experienced this or know what I should do?

Magicwildwolf69
July 10th, 2009, 01:32 PM
keeping looking and calling for him. put up posters. ask anyone if they seen a cat with that type of collar. does he like treats? i shake the bottle of the treats and all my cats come running. good luck hope you find him :goodvibes:

Dog Dancer
July 10th, 2009, 01:45 PM
I would put a bowl of tuna or salmon out and see if that attracts him. I'd also put his bed there if he has one. Sorry I can't be of any more help. Good luck to you, I hope he comes home soon. I've heard you should look late at night and early morning when it's very quiet, they're more apt to come out then.

adammo
July 10th, 2009, 02:00 PM
I wish you all the best. There probably isn't much you can do other than leave some food outside, put posters up, and contact local radio stations and SPCA's.

I always freak out when my cats escape when I open the back room door. Thankfully they never go far.

Good luck to you.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 02:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I did go out and put up posters. We live in a very wooded/shrubby area and there are lots of places for him to hide. I have always gone out and called for him every hour and shook his food can. Unfortunately if I put a bowl of salmon or tuna out, I would have about 10 cats on my front porch. I will just keep trying and praying that he is all right and will be home soon.

14+kitties
July 10th, 2009, 02:48 PM
So you go out at around 9 pm or 5 am. You shake the treat bag if that is what he is used to. You call softly so not to scare him. You put out a litterbox he has recently used so he recognizes smells. You put the tuna or salmon or sardines out on the porch. So what if you feed a few other kitties. If you get your kitty back it's worth it, right? You have to try these things or kitty may not come back. Walk the neighbourhood at 9 and 5. Check sheds, under the house, everywhere it's possible for the cat to get under or in. If he's wearing an ecollar it's possible it's stuck on something and he can't get away.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 03:02 PM
What I was saying about the food was that their would be nothing there for him to smell. They would have it eaten before the smell ever got to him, unless I sat there with it. One thing that I haven't told you is that I have arthritis and can't get down to look under things. I also have a bad foot. I am doing my best, but I am just afraid that he is stuck somewhere. Does anyone know if a cat can get out of one of those collars in a situation like this?

Jim Hall
July 10th, 2009, 03:06 PM
every cat i ever had to do that to mangaed to get it off

good luck

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 03:13 PM
That helps some. If I know that he can get that collar off, that gives me some hope. If he does get the collar off, there is no doubt in my mind that he will come home. I just hope he isn't stuck with it one somewhere.

Jim Hall
July 10th, 2009, 03:17 PM
wheredo u live iso/ Mybe we can find you some help tolook

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 03:20 PM
I live in Wash state in the NW in a small town.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Actually, outside of a small town called Concrete.

14+kitties
July 10th, 2009, 03:21 PM
Good idea Jim. Is there someone who can help you look that the cat trusts? Even if you go out early in the morning when it is quiet. You may be able to hear him crying.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 03:46 PM
He won't go to anyone else, but most everyone around here isn't home during the day because most work, and the people that are around now. I could see if anyone is willing to do that, but the people I live around aren't very trustworthy, that is why we have our house up for sale.

chico2
July 10th, 2009, 04:02 PM
isomycat,the problem is,with the collar on he is also almost defense-less,you have to listen for every sound,once the night falls..
My cat managed to get his collar off after he had surgery,also managed to pull his stitches.
Don't give up on the little guy:pray:

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 04:09 PM
I'll never give up on him. My sister had a cat come home after 6 months. This is different thought because of the collar and surgery. Just keep him is all of your prayers. I know that if he doesn't come home that God is watching over him. But I will never give up on his coming home. The only problem with that will be if we do sell and move. That is a big problem, but I won't dwell on that now.

Love4himies
July 10th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Keep watching and do put out the tuna or salmon. You never know if it is your cat that will get to it first.

Good luck and please keep us posted.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 04:46 PM
I will try that around 5 pm. That is the time that I usually got home from work and he would come out to see me. Hopefully he is aware enough to know that it is around that time and come home. Thanks again for all your suggestions. I'm telling myself that he will be home and he got that collar off, so I just need to convince myself that is the way it is. My husband called and seems to be in a good mood for his birthday since all of his family and kids called so that's great. I will try to make the rest of his day as happy.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 11:33 PM
I went looking for my kitty and couldn't find him but was out and went all over. I had just come back to the house and was telling my husband that I can't look anymore and Scruffy comes running to the house, jumps at the closed door and hides in the blackberry brier. He stayed there and I was able to grab him by the scruff of his neck and hand him to my husband. He is back home safe and sound. I still haven't been able to see his foot but the swelling is down. Thanks for all the prayers.

isomycat
July 10th, 2009, 11:35 PM
He still had the collar on, but it was off as soon as I could take it off. When I was looking for him, I called and shook his food can. Thanks for all the suggestions also. :grouphug:

mikischo
July 11th, 2009, 12:20 AM
That was a scary situation with him being out there somewhere with that collar on.

I'm so happy to hear that Scruffy is home safe and sound :thumbs up:):)

edwina
July 11th, 2009, 12:55 AM
I am glad scruffy is home. :grouphug:

Tundra_Queen
July 11th, 2009, 02:31 AM
That is the bestest news ever!!! *jumping up and down* I'm so happy for u and Scruffy!!! I love happy endings!:grouphug:

Debbie

hazelrunpack
July 11th, 2009, 09:24 AM
Whew!! What a relief!

:goodvibes: for the rest of his convalescence to be uneventful! Speedy healing, Scruffy!

Shaykeija
July 11th, 2009, 09:33 AM
I am glad he is home. How's his foot?:cloud9:

chico2
July 11th, 2009, 12:55 PM
Love this kind of news:thumbs up

isomycat
July 11th, 2009, 06:11 PM
He is doing great. We took the collar off of him when we got him in the house and he cleaned his foot right away. He wouldn't let us look at it or clean it so we let him do it. The foot looks fine with some swelling yet, but it doesn't seem to be hurting him as much. He is able to at least walk on it. The drain that they put in it fell out, so the vet told us that they don't need to see him as long as he keeps healing. :cloud9: He hasn't even wanted to go outside today.:clap: We are just enjoying him being here with us. :thankyou: Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement that I got here. You guys are the best!!

:highfive:

14+kitties
July 11th, 2009, 06:16 PM
So if your house is up for sale and you move are you planning on keeping him an indoor only cat at your new home? If not he will try to make his way back "home".

Love4himies
July 11th, 2009, 07:19 PM
:highfive: Wa friggin' hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbs up


I am so glad, I kept thinking of this poor kitty lost with an e-collar on.

:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

isomycat
July 11th, 2009, 07:43 PM
I think he will be ok with being inside only. He was Ferrel, but he is in the house mostly now. But we have 2 others that spend a lot of time outside and we are torn about what to do with them. When it is cold out or rainy they spend all day in the house, but when it is nice out, they want to be out all day.

isomycat
July 12th, 2009, 12:08 PM
He is afraid to go outside now. He wants to, but steps outside the door, sniffs and then comes back in. He just walks around the house crying, because he wants out. It is rainy today also, so maybe he will try tomorrow. I sure he will overcome the fear eventually. If not, he will get used to being an inside cat which will be great!

Tundra_Queen
July 13th, 2009, 01:35 AM
I hope u keep him an indoor only cat! He will live longer if he is.

Mine are all indoor cats. they have cat trees they can climb and shelves I put along the ceiling in their room so they can be up high when they want. Also bird feeders in front of the patio door for them to watch.

I'm also planning on building them an enclosure on the patio. That way they will be outside but safe.

They are my kids, so I have made a mommy decision. Safer in the house no matter how much they want to roam freely outside. They won't die if they don't go out, but they might if they do. Sometimes we have to do the best for our kids even if they don't like it.

Debbie

isomycat
July 13th, 2009, 11:58 PM
I have always kept my cats inside because of the danger outside, but when a cat is born Ferrel, it is hard to break them. He hasn't ventured outside yet since this episode, so I hoping that he may just want to be inside now. But we will have to get more play things for him, because he is bored. Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts. It's great to know that someone cares.

14+kitties
July 14th, 2009, 05:25 AM
I have always kept my cats inside because of the danger outside, but when a cat is born Ferrel, it is hard to break them. He hasn't ventured outside yet since this episode, so I hoping that he may just want to be inside now. But we will have to get more play things for him, because he is bored. Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts. It's great to know that someone cares.


Sorry, but that's a crock. Mine were ALL born feral. I have five in the house. None on them show any inclination to go outside. They want outside because you let them outside. Plain and simple. Got nothing to do with being born feral.

Melinda
July 14th, 2009, 06:11 AM
my sis adopted two ferrals 6 yrs ago, one wants nothing to do with outside, the other....oy ve......he's chewed up her window sill(pulled off and bloodied his nails), ate through her screen (pet proof), chewed the bottom corner of her wooden door (vet visit for that episode), she took both in (different litters) at 5 and 6 weeks of age. Neutured at 3 months. The other sat by the torn screen just looking out, made no attempt to escape.
Maybe you could get him use to a leash and harness? That way you could take him outside when ever you're out there sitting?

ownedbycats
July 14th, 2009, 10:14 AM
14+, there really are some cats that want back outside. Your ferals mostly live in the catuary and have an outside run. That might be enough to keep them satisfied. My Dusker cat objected to being turned into an indoor cat. She was fine all winter, but come summer she put holes in every single screen window in her efforts to get back outside. She didn't go outside once all winter.

muggsmom
July 14th, 2009, 10:26 AM
My daughter has two cats that were ferrals. When they bug to go out, she puts them out on a harness and lead. That way everybodys safe and happy.

14+kitties
July 14th, 2009, 01:35 PM
14+, there really are some cats that want back outside. Your ferals mostly live in the catuary and have an outside run. That might be enough to keep them satisfied. My Dusker cat objected to being turned into an indoor cat. She was fine all winter, but come summer she put holes in every single screen window in her efforts to get back outside. She didn't go outside once all winter.

In all due respect... it was the comment that was made that I bolded. "when a cat is born Ferrel, it is hard to break them." I am not saying that there are cats who want outside and wouldn't try anything to get out. What I was saying was just because they are born feral does not mean they will necessarily do anything to get outside. My house cats, not my catty cats, are the ones I was referring to as being born "feral". They are all five of them very content to stay indoors. No cat run, no being outside in the catuary. They are indoors 24/7 and that is the way they are happy. :shrug: Ancient Girl's Czarina was an outdoor cat. She doesn't even try to get out now.

Yes, if cats are allowed outside then they will want out. Or if they were outside when they were younger and then you tried changing them into indoor only. It isn't necessarily how they are born that makes them want to be outside.

Jim Hall
July 14th, 2009, 02:18 PM
He is afraid to go outside now. He wants to, but steps outside the door, sniffs and then comes back in. He just walks around the house crying, because he wants out. It is rainy today also, so maybe he will try tomorrow. I sure he will overcome the fear eventually. If not, he will get used to being an inside cat which will be great!
lol nothing like some good old fear to keep em in

isomycat
July 14th, 2009, 10:47 PM
[QUOTE=14+kitties;800613]In all due respect... it was the comment that was made that I bolded. "when a cat is born Ferrel, it is hard to break them." I am not saying that there are cats who want outside and wouldn't try anything to get out. What I was saying was just because they are born feral does not mean they will necessarily do anything to get outside.



14+ - I didn't say that it is IMPOSSIBLE to break them from going outside, I just said that it was hard to break them. We have tried to keep the ferrel cats that we have inside only to find parts of our house not livable anymore. If a cat is born Ferrel, they are usually more comfortable with being outside. If you have the time and can work with them to be happier inside, that is a good thing. These cats that we have that were born Ferrel were wild when we took them into the vet and had them spayed/neutered. We really had no intention to keep them since they were wild to begin with. We did leave food outside so that they wouldn't starve. We didn't want anything bad to happen to them, but had no intention to befriend them. They are the ones that decided that we were trustworthy and decided that they liked being in the house with us once in a while. Last winter, they were in the house 24/7, but when it is nice out, they torment us until we let them out.

Just keep an open mind about what it being said. I didn't say that it was impossible, just that it was harder, and it definately depends on the cats temperament.

Jim Hall
July 14th, 2009, 10:57 PM
i agree it is hard i have known cats that jst were miserable inside all the time what you can do is train them to a harness and take them out for 20 minutes or so thats sometimes helps