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Monday, 14 October 2019

Confused cat

On Saturday, a young girl knocked on the door asking whether we had seen a fluffy ginger cat. The cat had been missing for a couple of days and she was starting to worry. I hadn't seen it, but promised to keep an eye out for it. I have just been for a walk and on the way back my friend and I heard a cat crying loudly. The noise was coming from the other side of a large hedge at the bottom of my road.  Another lady who lived nearby came out of her house and we all stood and pondered where it was coming from.   Suddenly the cat appeared from under the hedge and began walking up and down the drive crying loudly. It hesitated for a minute before going into the lady's house.  She said she would keep it safe while we went and alerted the owner.  Can I ask cat owners whether it is possible that the cat had got lost.  It was only about twenty houses from where it lived and was clearly distressed.

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  1. Oh yes, please ask. A couple of times during walks we had to return an aged dog to its home, it must have suffered from doggie dementia and wandered a few blocks away. Luckily it was mild mannered and had its address on its collar.

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  2. Could be that the cat (if it's old) has dementia, or, if young, just got lost because it hadn't been that way before. Or maybe had some sort of trauma that disorientated it. One of my cats (sadly now gone) developed something that made him almost blind. I noticed him in my garden walking into shrubs and he seemed disorientated. He was able to follow me if I walked slowly just in front of him, but otherwise didn't know where he was. Either way, glad it was found. Not knowing what's happened to a missing pet is worse than knowing.

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  3. Twenty houses is about average distance for a cat to wander. Some go further, so not so. If it hadn't lived in the area very long it might have got lost. Some people don't keep their cats indoors for long enough after they have moved in.

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  4. I agree with the others, it's possible for a cat to become disoriented either from a trauma or medical issue. I hope the cat is okay. I also hope it's the one that's missing. Otherwise, you have a different problem on your hands :)

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    1. One of my nearby neighbours works for the Cats Protection League so would have been the next port of call. I am terrified of cats but was so worried about the poor little thing.

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  5. Oh, poor cat. I'm glad you found it. I hope everything worked out and that the cat is back at home with the young girl.

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  6. When my late cat (she died aged 18) was a kitten we walked her round our immediate area, using a long ice skate lace as a lead, until she got used to her "patch". Sorry to hear you are terrified of cats Cherie, they are very loving creatures.

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    1. I sometimes think I may have been a mouse in a previous life. I used to be phobic about cats and couldn't even look at one through the window without feeling ill and shaky. I am getting better now.

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