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  • Update! Still Lost our cat, but...

    Ok, Pippin has been gone now for 2 weeks+. His brother is pining away, bringing in all sorts of odd, dead or alive things. This is his way of telling us he's bored. So, today....

    We hit the Oregon Humane Society, it was buy one, get one half off on kittens. We found an adorable gray tabby boy, very sweet and cuddly. Then, we found Curly. I have never seen a cat like him. He's an orange tabby, but his tail curls over his back, like a pug dogs!! All the time, not just occasionally. He's super playful, and gets along fine with our dogs. So, we've gotten back to our original number of cats, and these boys are staying indoors. I love the sound of little kitten feet thumping around the house. I'll do pictures tomorrow.

    We have two (well, had) gorgeous flame point male cats, brothers 2 years apart. The baby, Pippin, who was a bit over a year old, did not come in this morning. They are free to go outside, we have a fully fenced farm, but they can and do squeeze through to our neighbor's land. He is very, very cautious, skittish and wary. But...no kitty this AM. His older brother is sticking close to us, but this is not the first "little brother" he's lost. We've called and looked, hoping he's holed up in a patch of blackberries or up a tree we can't see. The neighbor's farm is 100+ acres of tall grass, trees and blackberry thickets. We've called and looked and will continue to do so.

    Jingles would help, if he's just hunkered down. Or...godspeed wee Pippin. I loved your orange tummy spot, I'll miss your freely offered opinion on everything, and the comfort you gave while I lived on the couch after my accident. I only had you a short while, not long enough by any measure. Please come home if you can.
    Last edited by Calvincrowe; Aug. 6, 2010, 12:40 AM. Reason: Recent developments
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

  • #2
    Hopefully he'll come home soon. Sending you all my good vibes.


    • #3
      Im so sorry ... and I am really hoping your next post is updating us that he has returned home safe and sound ...

      Damned coyotes is right ...

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      • #4
        Electronic cat door, with magnet on collar. Expensive but worth it. Guaranteed raccoon proof. Allows only your cat(s) in. Adjustable timing on how long it stays open.
        It stopped male cats from coming in our house and raccoons who learned how to come in.
        I use http://www.solopetdoors.com/ which comes in sizes for large dogs down to cats and can be used in a human door, wall or patio.
        I've seen my cat being chased by another cat. My cat got in, the intruder had the door come down on him and backed out fast. (The door comes down on gravity pressure only, so it scares but doesn't hurt).


        • #5
          Jingles for Pippin to come home soon ~ Jingle Jingle Jingle & AO ~ Always Optimistic ~
          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


          • #6
            come on pippin, massive jingles he comes home tonight. fwiw, our smitten kitten came home tonight after being gone since the first of the month. she is thin and oh so glad to be home. we have coyotes, fisher cats, racoons and a bad road, but here she is, purring up a storm next to me.
            i hope the same for you this time tomorrow.


            • #7
              Jingles he comes home!


              • #8
                Best wishes he still shows up.
                It's not unusual for cats to disappear for a week or so and then just show up again.
                Could be a predator or a car hit...but also could be anything from gone walkabout to got scared and took off and is still in hiding to wandered into a garage or building unseen and somebody closed him in.
                I had cats that disappeared for a week or more and the just show back up again. By then I'd have more grey hairs. Last cat who did that to me is sleeping right near me right now. She got "grounded" 7 years ago for scaring me and hasn't been out since.
                So prayers and good thoughts yours shows back up.
                Maybe also put up missing cat flyers around just in case. And call area pounds or vets.
                So sorry about this for you. It's a horrible rotten feeling.
                You jump in the saddle,
                Hold onto the bridle!
                Jump in the line!


                • #9
                  Hoping for the best for your kitty.
                  "Aye God, Woodrow..."


                  • #10
                    if hes not done he will roam more


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by goeslikestink View Post
                      if hes not done he will roam more
                      That sounded philosophical when I first read it. Then I re-read the "done". Yes, if he is not neutered he will continue to roam.


                      • #12
                        Don't forget to look UP! Last time one of ours didn't come home at night I found him the next afternoon high up a tree sitting on a huge shelf like fungus. Something had chased him up and he was waiting to be rescued.


                        • #13
                          Hoping he makes it home!!

                          We had a cat go missing for 4 days, but finally made it home

                          Your cat may just be hiding until the coast is clear...perhaps you could fiip-flop their schedule--in at night out at day...

                          Best of luck and a safe return to your little guy!!
                          I LOVE my Chickens!


                          • #14
                            Morning Jingles for Mr. Pippin to come home for breakfast this morning ~ Jingles & AO ~ Always Optimistic ~
                            Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                            • #15
                              jingles for Pippin!!

                              we have a few coyotes out here, and it's one animal I'm pleased to see mashed in the road
                              There's coffee in that nebula.


                              • #16
                                put up cat fencing or keep them inside. At the very least make sure they are in at night.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Still no Pippin. He's a neutered male (I won't have unaltered pets of either gender...well, mares...but..you get the picture). We will search again, but the neighbor's land is a mess of blackberries and thistles, so it is hard to move around. We are still hoping he's holed up, scared, as that is his nature. He is not one to miss any meals though, so maybe hunger will bring him home.

                                  We shan't get another cat who isn't an indoor at night kind of guy or gal. We lock up our dogs, even though if they were out, they'd surely keep the coyotes and deer out of the area. One of our dogs is a wolfhound...fairly intimidating, but they bark incessantly (especially the Corgi).

                                  Come on, Pipster, come home.
                                  Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                                  • #18
                                    Don't give up hope. We did lose one 2 years ago to an owl. The remaining cat was hunkered down in a culvert pipe all day until we finally found her. We got another barn cat (I like to have 2) and the new one is a wanderer. She's disappeared for several days at a time, but the last time was gone for 2 weeks. We had give up hope, but one morning there was a very thin and hungry cat waiting at the barn door. She must have been shut in somewhere. She no longer wanders very far!


                                    • #19
                                      I have one that disappears once a year or so. Every time he does it I'm sure that he's been picked off by a coyote or a cougar. The last time he disappeared for 5 days.

                                      But every time he shows back up with sap in his fur. He's the climber of my two boys, and obviously gets himself stuck in trees every now and again. They roam far enough that I've never managed to find him when I go looking, but then we have so many trees around us that odds are against me finding him anyways.

                                      I've always wondered if my orange tabby doesn't climb trees as much because he's a medium hair and getting sap in his fur would be awful to try to clean?

                                      I do always feel bad when I see "missing kitty" signs because I'm sure that the poor cats have become coyote food. Especially when it's one of our recently-moved-here neighbors whose cats may not be savvy to the ways of the wily coyote! But I worry a lot less about the cats raised in the environment, which it sounds like yours was (and by an older cat too, which I think gives him better odds).

                                      Anyhow, I wouldn't panic just yet. Jingling that your boy is just stuck up a tree somewhere and will make it home soon!
                                      Flying F Sport Horses
                                      Horses in the NW


                                      • #20
                                        I have trained my cats to come in at night. In other words, no food when they come in and out during the day, and so when they are hungary towards the end of the day, they come in and stay in and get all the food they want. Still, on a few very warm nights this summer, they were not interested in coming in, which meant I stayed up all night calling for them.

                                        I hope your Pippin comes home, its a horrible feeling when they are 'out there'.

                                        I don't worry too much about my two cats during the day, but at night, they usually know my routine and are ready to come in when I come in for the night.

                                        Best to you, and jingling for Pippin.
                                        save lives...spay/neuter/geld