Why didn’t somebody tell me?
Pets often become family. When a beloved pet goes missing it isn’t always easy to know what to do first. These are a few things we learned when Callie recently went missing.
- Panic for exactly three minutes, then get moving. You have work to do.
- Check the obvious places first – house, yard, favorite hiding places.
- If you pet is micro-chipped contact the registration company and follow instructions.
- Create and print out a poster. Use a current photo and print in color. Distribute to vet offices (including your pet’s vet) and shelters. Put them up in your neighborhood.
- Start your search where the animal was last seen and work out. Talk to people. Knock on doors. Don’t wait for people to call.
- Don’t forget to search early morning and late evening. A pet hiding during the day may come out when things are quieter. Search on foot, especially where there has been a sighting.
- Go searching prepared to find your pet. Take a leash, carrier or whatever might be needed to control the animal. A favorite blanket, toy or treats can also be helpful.
- When found, check your pet for obvious signs of physical trauma. Seek immediate veterinary care for serious injuries.
- Encourage your pet to drink. He or she may be dehydrated. Add water to food if needed.
- A stressed or traumatized pet (especially a cat) will take time to recover. She might take time just to stop shaking. Follow the animal’s lead in what they need or want to recover. If your pet just wants to be held hold her. Show lots of love, be patient and give things time.
Anyone have any tips to add to this list?
We had several reports of sightings by neighbors yesterday. That gave us hope, knowing that at least as of yesterday morning she had not left the community. We live in a close knit lakeside community and people were searching for her and asking, “have you found Callie yet?”
We were upset last night when we had severe weather. Not unusual here in Oklahoma, but not good for a lost cat. I was up early this morning and when I realized the rain had stopped decided to go back to the location of the last sighting. I thought that maybe she would be out in the early, quiet morning.
When I reached the top of the hill and looked out over the lake I was crying and praying, “God please keep my baby safe.” When I rounded the corner and looked between the two houses where she was last spotted I saw a familiar little face looking out of the grass. She didn’t run to me when called but I was able to easily pick her up with the help of her blanket and a few of her favorite snacks. She must have found a place to hide during the storm because she wasn’t even wet. It was the longest walk down that hill I have ever made, I was so anxious to get her home. After checking out each room in the house and having some food and water she curled up on a pillow and is now asleep.
Some might call the way she was found coincidence, but I call it Divine intervention. Thank you God!
I also want to thank you my readers and followers for your concern and prayers.
Oh where, oh where can she be?
Our beloved Callie is missing. I am heartbroken. We have searched the entire house over and over, shaking the treat bag as we go and calling her name. We have searched her favorite hiding spots and places she could be trapped. All the cabinet and closet doors are open. All day she has not come out for food or to use the box.
All we can assume is that she slipped past us as we were coming and going and got outside. We are not sure when — sometime between 8 pm last night (5/14) and 10 am today (5/15). We live in the country — there are predators and other dangers for a rather spoiled and protected house cat to face.
We have contacted the agency we registered her microchip with and they sent out an alert. I printed out a poster they created for us and have several of those out. We called our Vet and visited the local shelter. Our neighbors are looking for her. We have pretty much done all we can for now.
I am sensing nothing from her. Neither is Bob.
If you live in the Grove OK/Grand Lake area please keep your eyes out for our cute little calico with white paws and a white tummy.
UPDATE: Callie was found early Sunday morning (5/17) and is now recovering at home. For more details see http://espirational.com/2015/05/17/callie-cat-is-home/
In memory of Leader Otis of The Cult of Otis Callie is celebrating Box Day. You know… the cat holiday. Kitties love boxes and what better day to play in a box than the day after Christmas?
So all you cat parents out there, how are the kitties at your house celebrating?
We seem to have found the source of Callie’s discomfort. Thank you to everyone for your input on this. She was missing some of “her stuff.” While everything that is hers moved with us it was not all out. She had her essentials, including toys. However I had not yet found places for her shelter bed and her hanging kitty condo. I didn’t think it was that important because she hadn’t been using them in the other place. Wrong! Bad kitty mommy!
So now everything is out and in it’s place and cooking is going smoothly with only an occasional attempt to curl up on the stove. Now I have a plan instead of just reacting to the danger. When she gets on or by the stove she is gently carried to her shelter bed. If she goes back to the stove she goes to “time out”. She get treats for sitting quietly and watching me cook from anywhere that is not on the stove or in my way. I still have to work on timing on that one, she seems to think the treats are an invitation to come back to the stove. But otherwise, so far so good.
To see the original post about Callie’s campfire visit here: http://espirational.com/2014/07/15/need-advice-from-a-kitty-or-a-cat-parent/
This is Callie snugged up around the burners on my stove top. She has always looked for warm places, but since we moved she always wants to be on the stove when it is hot.
I turn my back for a minute and there she is looking like she’s sitting around a campfire. I’m waiting for her to start roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbayah.
But all kidding aside, this is getting to the point of being dangerous. We are afraid she is going to get burned. All our usual training and disciplinary measures are having no effect. We turn our backs and she’s right back at it.
So, first, is heat seeking behavior “normal” for cats? Hershey didn’t do anything like this. And of course, any suggestions for getting the dangerous stuff under control? I know I have kitties and cat parents following me here and I need your help.
To see the update on this post follow this link: http://espirational.com/2014/07/23/callies-campfire-update/
When we started packing Callie started packing herself.
She was in very cramped quarters on the car ride and looked a little carsick when we arrived but recovered quickly. As the movers arrived we were heartsick to find her empty harness. No Callie anywhere. I don’t know why I looked down at the floor beside the fridge hours later, but there she was, wedged in so tight we had to move the fridge to get her out.
Several hours later she was stuck under the kitchen cabinets requiring removing a piece of baseboard to free her. She never cried.
And then a few days later when the washer and dried were installed she found a new place to play and trapped herself a third time. We’re trying to block the space so she can’t get back there.
I’ve heard of cats “disappearing” in a new house for days so we feel blessed to have found her quickly. I think Callie may have used at least a few lives on this trip, but all in all the move went well.
Isn’t Callie a living doll?