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 Post subject: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:10 pm 
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My bengal is almost 3 years old, and I've had him for 8 months. He has gotten out a few times before but he never went far because I always noticed immediately and the first thing he would do is eat the grass.

My boyfriend came home from being on the road and, seeing as he was so tired, didn't even notice when Blaze snuck past him to get outside. Two hours later I noticed he was missing. It's 7 degrees outside and very windy. I can't find him anywhere. He is chipped but there's no collar because my boyfriend took it off him and lost it.

My home feels empty without him here - is there any tips on how to get him home safely?


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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:44 pm 
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First of all, you need to take a deep breath and stop panicking! Your baby is probably quite close to home. Those who are indoor cats and get outside, don't usually go far unless they are scared away. And cats do seek heat in the cold. They recommend sprinkling some used litter around your front door. If he has any cat beds that he uses, place one outside. A cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than ours. Contact the microchip company and report him missing. They will usually notify local vets and any neighbors who have signed up to be notified of a missing pet. You also need to make flyers and distribute them around your neighborhood. My greatest fear may be that he will slip into an open garage or shed to seek shelter from the cold and wind and end up being locked up inside. You need to be outside looking and calling for him, with the stinkiest food you can think of that you kitty likes. If you go out after dark, carry a flashlight that will reflect the kitty's eyes. Know that many times, your kitty will return home on his own. It can take hours or sometimes days. A neighbor's cat spent 3 days in the closed garage when my next door neighbor went out of town and as soon as the next door neighbor returned home, the kitty was at my back door hungry.

I have an escaper, too, and we have to be extra careful to make sure he is not near any doors when they are opened! Thankfully, he knows the neighborhood from our walks and from being a free roaming cat for six years, but I still do not want him outside to tangle with any of the other neighborhood cats.

I truly hope you find him. Do not give up and stay diligent. Keep us informed.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:44 pm 
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I've just been through this so my heart goes out to you. I got Hendrix back though after two and a half weeks of him being missing.

Go to 'Discussion' and my thread is there - HENDRIX IS MISSING - PLEASE HELP.

There is excellent advice from fenstar on page 2 as to how to find your missing cat.

Another thing to do to get the scent of home outside to help Blaze home is to put out clothing you've been wearing or another thing is to put outside the stuff you Hoover up when cleaning as that gets the scent of home out there. If he is an indoor cat he may only be a couple of houses away, but is scared and not sure where he is. He will seek shelter. We had terrible weather while Hendrix was missing, freezing and storms etc. Hendrix managed to survive by a very busy main road 11 miles from home as he'd got in a van and that never ceases to amaze me.

Get leafleting, it was a response to a leaflet that got Hendrix home, everyone needs to check their sheds and garages etc.

Please keep us informed and I wish you all the very best in finding Blaze. Do not give up, he is waiting for you to find him xx

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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:45 pm 
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BabyBlaze wrote:
My bengal is almost 3 years old, and I've had him for 8 months. He has gotten out a few times before but he never went far because I always noticed immediately and the first thing he would do is eat the grass.

My boyfriend came home from being on the road and, seeing as he was so tired, didn't even notice when Blaze snuck past him to get outside. Two hours later I noticed he was missing. It's 7 degrees outside and very windy. I can't find him anywhere. He is chipped but there's no collar because my boyfriend took it off him and lost it.

My home feels empty without him here - is there any tips on how to get him home safely?


Some random thoughts:

1. Are you absolutely, positively sure he is not in the house? I had a similar experience years ago when I was living in Michigan. I came home, brought some things in from the car, my cat came to greet me, I thought I was very careful, but then she disappeared. After spending hours out in the cold, calling her name, putting up fliers, I came back inside, only to find her curled up under my dressor (she never did that!). Silly cat.

2. There was a line from a movie that struck me. I forget the movie, but it starred Denzel Washington, and he was heading up some sort of law enforcement force looking for a terrorist that had struck the city. And he said to his team: "The first 24 hours is the only 24 hours" to find the terrorist before the trail goes cold. And what he meant of course is that the as time goes on, the radius of where he could be, gets wider and wider and wider, until what started in being a pretty small area to search, becomes almost impossible. So imo it really behooves you to get a ton done in the first 24 hours. Lots of calling, looking asking neighbors, fliers etc. You probably have a pretty good chance of finding him near your house right now, but that may not be the case tomorrow.

3. What is up with your idiot BF? Seriously. Takes the cat's collar off and then lets the cat out :rolleyes: Shouldn't *he* be out there looking all day and all night?

4. I would definitely check with all the neighbors. If someone has an affinity towards cats, and sees a cat out in the cold like that, with no collar, there is a great chance the may take him in.

5. Check with local shelters. In the same time when I was living in Michigan I would see this poor cat outside in the snow frequently as I went to work. Finally one day I had enough, took the poor cat in, gave him some food, warmed him up, then took him to the shelter. The very next day I saw him outside again in the snow...this time sporting a collar :rolleyes: aye aye aye. But at least now I knew that there was someone "caring" for him, and care enough to go pick him up at the shelter.

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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:26 pm 
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I'm hoping the poster will return and let us know that they have found the kitty! I thought about lashing into the boyfriend, but you did it for me, Brian! LOL. Raiden slipped through my legs the other night when I opened the back door. I honestly didn't look to see where he was before I opened it. Thankfully, it was raining and he wasn't interested in being out there for more than a millisecond. I grabbed him and brought him back inside. These bengals are so fast!!!! But, I agree, that the kitty could be somewhere inside the house and has since come out of hiding. Raiden will get under our bed at times.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:42 pm 
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As of right now he's still lost to me :cry:

I've put signs out and alerted some of my neighbors that know me. I'm out every day and I stay up all night in case he comes to the door overnight.

As for the boyfriend, it wasn't on purpose and as soon as we realized Blaze was gone he was the first one out the door searching for him. He's just as heartbroken as I am - Blaze was his cat. We have two, Blaze and Zero. Zero has been mine since she was two weeks old. Blaze we adopted from a shelter - The boyfriend is the one who picked him out. Don't be so hard on him - he works 14 hour days and he's only home 2 days a week. He feels horrible.

Thank you for all the wonderful advice.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:00 pm 
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So sorry Blaze isn't home yet.

You really need to put leaflets through every door in the immediate vicinity, I did our road, the two roads behind us, and the next roads to each side. He may have been chased, sought shelter and got locked in somewhere. Hendrix pretty much stayed put as he didn't know the area he was in and was scared. So Blaze could easily still be very near by.

Have you phoned the local shelters? The microchip company? I sent leaflets to all the vets in a 5 mile radius so they knew to look out for Hendrix, with pictures showing his markings etc. Pet shops are also a good place to put up posters. I did the same when I knew he was 11 miles away. Have you posted on Facebook? Registered him on lost pet websites? One of the sites I went on offers advice as to how to find your lost pet, can organise leaflets and posters that are waterproof etc and provide a link to provide a list of vets in your area. Obviously the printing wasn't free, but I could claim through hendrix's insurance. His insurance also offered the incentive of a reward that was also mentioned on the posters. I'm sure there will be a site like that where you are as well.

People really want to help, I didn't know many of our neighbours at all. But many have been to see me, offering advice and checking in to see if I'd found him.

I know it's hard, and I was out at work every day, using lunch times and evenings to leaflet and put up posters, trying to keep his brother settled as he missed Hendrix and was finding it hard with his routine disrupted etc. I also know how lucky we've been, but there are many happy endings out there, and I truly hope Blaze will be one of them too.

Keep trying and my thoughts are with you xx

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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:57 pm 
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One other thing, google 'missing pet partnership'. This site will tell you how your lost cat will behave etc and how best to recover an indoor only cat that has escaped outdoors - ie your situation.

I really hope Blaze is home soon where he belongs.

Wishing you all the best in your search x

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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:41 pm 
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Make sure you contact any local veterinarians -- send them a flyer with a picture in case someone brings the kitty in, mentioning the kitty is microchipped. Also, if you are on Facebook, see if there are any lost/found pet pages in your area. Ask to join if they aren't public and post the information and picture on your kitty. Some areas are on Nextdoor.com as well. The more people you can reach, the better your chances that someone will recognize her. Cats are really good at seeking out warmth, so I wouldn't be too worried about her being out in the cold. You just want her home. Cats have managed to wander back home after weeks on the streets. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Outside in the cold
PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:41 am 
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I hope Blaze comes home soon (((hugs))).

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