Anyone who has ever had a missing cat knows how worrying it is not knowing what has happened to them, or if they are alive. Unfortunately cats do have a bad habit of getting to a certain age and deciding they now want to go exploring their new territory. For a cat their territory can be anything up to a two mile radius of your home, and naturally this makes them very hard for you to find if they get lost or injured whilst they are out hunting. It is important to remember however, that once your cat does start to venture out into the surrounding areas it may well be gone for days at a time, and it is not necessarily a lost cat in the true sense of the word ‘lost‘.
The fact your cat has been missing this long does not automatically mean that something awful has happened to them either, and it frequently means they are just doing what comes naturally to them and patrolling their territory to make sure no other felines are attempting to take it over, (and of course spending plenty of time catching the rodents that reside within it for themselves).
Some time back I wrote an article called Where do your cats go when they leave your home? and I quickly realised there were a huge amount of cat owners out there who found that article when their own kitty had gone missing. Clearly these worried owners were desperate for ideas as to what they could do to find their cats again, and for reassurance that their cats were going to either come back on their own, or at least be okay.
Now whilst I know that sadly there are many occasions when something has happened to the missing cat, e.g. a car accident or an attack by a larger predator, this is not always the case. I decided to write this follow up article to help the owners of lost kitties to find them again, whether the news was good or bad. We all need closure, and not knowing what has happened to our missing pet is usually worse than finding out they have died, even though the news is painful. In the best case scenarios however, we find out our missing cat is alive and well, and we are reunited with them.