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Old July 7th, 2009, 10:19 AM
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LOST/ MISSING Flame Point Siamese Cat

Shai disappeared from our property on the evening of Sunday June 28, 2009. He has been an indoor cat for his 9 years until this year we began letting the cats outside WITH us. We live on 3 acres surrounding by the river, woods and ravines in Bayham County Ontario bordering the counties of Oxford and Malahide. The dogs had put a hole in the screen of the back door and after a heavy rain, I opened the door thinking the cats wouldnt go out in the rain. A few hours later, Shai could not be found. He does explore our property but always remains on it and comes when called. This time he did not. We have put flyers in everyones mailbox within a 2 'country' block radius of us, up at the community mailboxes in 2 adjoining towns of Richmond and Straffordville, grocery stores, gas stations, pizza shops, pet food stores, vets in Aylmer + Tillsonburg, Cranberry Kennels and on 2 radio stations. I also have an ad running on Kijiji, Twitter, petfinder and now here. I dont know where else to look. He had a pink leather collar on with bells and a red rabies tag. His name and phone number is scratched in the back. He may not have the collar on now. He has been recently diagnosed with slight crystals and is on meds and special food. He is my baby and I am very distraught over his disappearance. Any other advice on where to look for him or post, please advise. I desperately want him home. We have walked/searched the farm fields around us that we can(corn fields and such are futile), the woods and ravines behind us and informed a local camp that canoes the river. I call for him constantly and have his favourite blanket and food outside. If you see him or heard of a siting, we would appreciate knowing. We really dont have any idea which way he could have headed from here.
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Old July 7th, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Hate to say it but have you called the roads department or Animal Control, whoever picks up deceased animals off the road.

I would go into the usual, you can leave tuna/salmon out, check early morning and early evening. Leave something out that has your smell on it, or even his litter box. But these are tips for cats that are indoor cats/scared and won't venture far from home.

You let your cat outside. So he is not afraid and would come home when he wanted.

Good luck in finding. Keep us posted.

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Old July 7th, 2009, 09:13 PM
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Shai is a beautiful kitty and I hope you get him back soon. I imagine you've checked your house and any surrounding buildings very carefully. You've done just about everything.

I don't have outdoor cats, but I know of a friend whose cat was shut in a neighbour's garage for a few days. An outdoor cat near wooded areas can face a number of hazards, besides the regular outdoor dangers like cars, trucks. ACO22's advice is important, do check with your town's animal control or roads service, so you can at least eliminate one possibility, and get on with your search with a more serene mind.

I'll keep you and Shai in my thoughts.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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Put out his litter pan last night + his favourite blanket off my bed+ my clothes+area rug his buddy Khepera lies on as well as his dish with food in it. Got neighbour north of us to answer door finally last night. He spotted Shai a week ago on edge of his property and woods so we now know which direction to look. This is good.
Shai IS an indoor cat. He is only in the 'yard' WITH us watching him. When he wanders down to the river, we can SEE him & watch closely+ follow and he never ventures far from us. He talks to us the whole time. When I want him to come back up to the house, I call him, he answers and races me back. They are not allowed to come and go as they please for this very reason-too many hazards. Unfortunately the dogs have sliced holes in the screen of the terrace doors & thats how he got out. We had a torrential rain and I honestly thought opening the door was safe-no one would venture out in that. I was soaked from working in the rain, was making dinner and opened the door for a breeze. I saw Shai in the kitchen and never gave it a thought as I was right beside the door. What cat likes the rain or goes in it if they dont have to? I finished dinner and no longer was watching the door- forgot it was open. It has been opened before in these same conditions and no one ventures out. My mistake was I forgot about it & the rain had stopped. It was when I heard the barn swallows out front by the barn yelling and knew a cat was there. It was another kitty Shu. I picked him up, brought him in and closed the door. I entered my room and Shai was not on my bed where he ALWAYS is. That was an hour later after the door had been opened. I have contacted my municipal office, there is no AC out here for cats BUT I have contacted the dog pounds anyway in case they get a call. None around here take in cats. We drive the entire area daily for miles and he is not on any road. We walked the woods edge and corn fields last night behind the neighbour and will do so again tonight as well as hit the next neighbour(who owns the corn fields)
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Old July 8th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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Good news about the neighbour having spotted Shai. . I apologize if I seemed accusatory when I posted about the risks for an outdoor cat, I was only typing thoughts that crossed my mind. Sometimes words only don't convey true feelings.

From your description, something may have spooked your cat and caused him to act out of character. A mouse, a squirrel, even another cat on HIS property may have caused him to bolt outside in spite of the rain.

About the food, if you put any out for him, don't leave it sitting there, only put it when you're around. It may attract other animals even cats, and there could be territorial issues that would make it harder for Shai.

I hope you get your kitty back soon. Those days and nights of waiting, hoping and looking are hell, I know, but don't give up hope. I once had a cat, a semi-feral rescued cat, who bolted out and was gone for 3 weeks. She came home though, and we had almost stopped hoping. We figured that she must have remembered home was more comfortable and the food was more regular. Sending you and Shai lots of mojo.
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Old July 8th, 2009, 02:28 PM
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Many years ago this happened to one of my cats...she was spooked by a storm and she was gone for almost a month.
When she arrived back home she was so thin...and she was just full of pine needles...we really don't know what happened but have always suspected she got treed and couldn't get back down.
Don't give up hope! Animals are amazing at finding their way home......
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