I found my sweet black cat Tuner after 7 weeks of him being missing in the freezing weather in Boise, Idaho. I was horribly depressed and felt guilty because I knew why he left. My ex-husband moved much of the furniture out of the house and I left for two vacations shortly thereafter. Plus new neighbors brought new cats into the neighborhood that moved in on my cat’s territory.
I put posters on the far corners of my neighborhood, scoured the large field behind my house, and drove around at night. Then I read here that they don’t go far from home. So I put a poster on my own street and the street immediately behind the field. As I was hanging a poster, someone drove by and said they had seen my cat in their yard!
I walked down that street and called out for him. When I got to the end of the cul-de-sac, I heard meowing. He wasn’t on that street but my voice carried and he came from the next street over.
I hardly recognized him because his long fur had grown to adjust to the freezing weather. But beneath all that fur I found his collar. I picked him up and brought him home.
He’s very glad to be home. He hardly wants to go outside anymore, which is fine by me. He’s eating like crazy – averaging two cans a day, plus dry food. He wasn’t far from home at all. I had called for him near that area when he first disappeared. But I figured that if he was there, he would easily find his way home and I focused my efforts elsewhere.
Anyway, I want to thank you all for your wisdom and encouragement. My friends were telling me to get another cat because surely the coyotes got mine. I was just about at that point too, but it’s thanks to you guys that I kept looking.
I hope for many other happy endings here.
(Source: Missing Cat Assistance Yahoo! Group)