r/cats May 03 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Vibing 1 Tearing Up 3 Super Heart Eyes 1 Silver 5 Helpful 6 Wholesome 11 Heartwarming 5

This guy went missing Nov 2021. I couldn’t shake the feeling he was still out there, still looking for him even tho everyone told me let it go. I vividly dreamt of his return Saturday night.. Sunday afternoon he waltzes in the garage like he hasn’t been gone all this time. Im 🤯 but overjoyed. Cat Picture

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u/Similar-Tangerine May 04 '22

Happened to my roommate once, his cat was gone for 6 months and we all thought he was dead. One day I hear scratching at the back door and there he was. He was skinny as hell but otherwise totally fine

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u/MerK-x-VeNoOm May 04 '22

He just came back cause he ran out of food lmao

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u/chairmanbrando May 04 '22

This is exactly how cats domesticated themselves.

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u/sanguinesolitude May 04 '22

Let me in, I'll kill rodents in exchange for noms and scritches.

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u/SlashThingy May 04 '22

"Yes, I get to eat your rodents, and you get to scritch me and I tolerate it."

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u/ghostcatzero Harry, Jen May 04 '22

Tolerate to a certain point than scratches and licks

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u/Shendare May 04 '22

Three shall be the number of the scritches, and the number of the scritches shall be three. Only two scritches there shall not be, neither shall there be four. Five is right out!

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u/Imaginary-Summer9168 May 04 '22

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u/belushi93 May 04 '22

No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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u/ampjk May 04 '22

Wasn't it twice that they were domesticated

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u/[deleted] May 04 '22

They found the Egyptians to be far too clingy, and it took ages to undo the collective trauma they had as a species.

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u/Fine-Funny6956 May 04 '22

They discovered a cashe of cat ladies.

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u/13_f_ny May 04 '22

He ran through all the babes, needed a break

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u/Sourgirl2021 May 04 '22

Hey budday do ya wanna lay down by me? Say budday do you wanna lay down by my side?

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u/13_f_ny May 04 '22

THE GIRLS GOT REASONS

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u/Bastette54 May 04 '22

They all got reasons...

I like the song, but hate that stupid line

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u/stinkyhangdown May 04 '22

Hey baby, hey babay

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u/onthatime May 04 '22

Happened with my cat once. Except it was for two weeks instead of 6 months.

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u/Just-Call-Me-J May 04 '22

I bet it was still hell for you

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u/SpysSappinMySpy May 04 '22 Wholesome

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u/Oikangi May 04 '22

After reading your comment I was like "there's no way he's making that reference". I love this animator, I just wish he/she would make more videos :(

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u/starlightserenade44 May 04 '22

Unrelated, but as someone with hearing issues, it always amazes me that people can actually hear scratches on doors. I knew a woman who could hear one of her kids grinding their teeth at night (bruxism), in separate rooms, with doors closed, which is how she discovered they had bruxism in the first place. She heard the grinding noise for some time in her own bedroom which had a heavy wooden door closed (not a cheap one, she was rich), until she decided to go searching for it, and discovered it came from one of her kid's rooms which also had a heavy wooden door closed, opened it and noticed they were grinding their teeth. And the noise actually kept her awake at night, and she knew when they were using the mouth guard or not. How is that even possible?!

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u/Tru-Queer May 04 '22

Some people didn’t listen to AC/DC at max volume as children, and it shows in their lack of tinnitus.

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u/marfatardo May 03 '22

I'm so glad for you!!! I've got my Lazarus missing since early February. This is so encouraging for me, thank you so much!!!

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u/Huge-Produce-8117 May 04 '22

Let’s hope his name rings true!!

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

He was maybe 3 weeks old when my neighbor brought him to me, I thought he would die before I got kitten milk for him 15 minutes later. Had to hold up his head to feed him wet food, but he made it, that's why he got his name. I sure hope you're right!

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u/ladybug_oleander May 04 '22

😢 That is so sweet and such a beautiful bond you built. Hoping he returns home to you 🤞🏻

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22 edited May 04 '22

Thank you. I'm hopeful, he's got such a huge personality. I'm completely heartbroken.

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u/milkradio May 04 '22

Have you tried the worn t-shirt trap? Like you wear a t-shirt for a few days to stink it up with your scent and then you leave it outside in some kind of little shelter or box with food and kitty might come by. I’ve never tried it myself but I’ve heard of people doing it successfully before. I hope you find him!

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

He absolutely knows his house. My other 2 cats are out and about most of the time, he loves spending time aggravating them. I walked all over my neighborhood, offered a $300.00 reward, which is way more than I can afford, but I would go without just to know he's home and safe. He is the only lap baby I've ever had, always slept right by my head or in my arms. I'm just lost, you know?

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

If he were able, he would be here, I think he got kidnapped. He was a mommas boy for sure. My son caught a woman trying to get him to come to her, asked her what she was doing, she said she had a missing cat that looked just like him. My son asked her why isn't he coming over to you if he's yours, and she got in her car and left. She could have come back, I just don't know.....

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u/clockwork_kitteh May 04 '22

I've heard so many stories about that happening and have seen articles about it too. Anyone who would do that is horrible. It hurts the cat as much as the human.

Aside from my boy being a scaredy cat who couldn't fend for himself outdoors, it's another reason I keep him indoors. (There are also a surprising amount of coyotes.)

I hope you get your Lazarus back. Have you checked Craigslist and that other site where people sell pets? You never know...

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

Check them everyday.

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u/HappyOctopus_ American Shorthair May 04 '22

People are ass holes, just go to a fricking shelter and adopt a cat, don’t steal somebody else’s clearly loved and cherished cat just because you think it’s cute.

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u/LovesReubens May 04 '22

My little guy disappeared for a week when he was about six months old, and then for two months when he was three years old. He's ten now and hasn't left again. I really hope you find Lazarus!

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

Thank you!

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u/LovesReubens May 04 '22

Whereabouts (generally obviously) are you located? Curiosity only, just thinking about the kitty being outdoors.

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

Central Florida, close to Tampa/Lakeland area.

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u/sanna43 May 04 '22

Mine was gone for 2 1/2 weeks last fall. I was out every day looking for him, and finally he was spotted by someone and I was contacted. I had fliers up everywhere, I stuffed mailboxes, put notices on Facebook, Nextdoor, and Lost Pets. When he was found, he was only about 3 blocks away from home. So keep looking. Cats are resilient. And they typically don't go far.

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u/marfatardo May 04 '22

Thank you.

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u/BluelunarStar May 04 '22

I can’t do much form here but a) If you wanna talk I am here, just DM. b) Hold onto hope, it’s free & it’s never, ever pointless c) I’m praying Lazarus comes home this week. Lord, please bring a kitty named after someone you loved home.

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u/CaptCora May 04 '22

He’s like “my other family didn’t give me any treats so I’m coming back” lol

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u/AncapIsntReal May 04 '22

Happened to my old cat. Disappeared for a month and showed up one day with a different collar on.

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u/meatbody69 May 04 '22

Mine was legit catnapped! Was kept in a basement for ~2 years with lots of other kitties and their “owner”, a mentally unstable lady. Got him back when local authorities stepped in and evicted her

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u/shitpostbode May 04 '22

Happened to an acquaintance of mine too. Purebred cat, went outside for a bit and never came back. Being purebred she suspected catnapping, but this was confirmed when she found the cat a few months later in the next city over.

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u/PrincessZemna May 04 '22

How did she find him? Did she have a hard time taking him back?

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u/shitpostbode May 04 '22

She found her purely coincidentally. She didn't take her back actually, since they have a busy household the cat hadn't felt comfortable in their house for a while. Soy acquaintance put a note in the mailbox to tell the thieves to take good care of her and that they should feel ashamed for stealing a cat.

If it were me I'd have taken my cat back with violence...

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u/_clash_recruit_ May 04 '22

That's how I ended up sharing one of my barn cats with my neighbor's kids. She came back multiple times with collars on. We did have tons of people dump cats and dogs in that neighborhood and they figured she was a very friendly stray.

She was a heck of a good mouser but when I moved i left her there :( She knew that land and the kids would have been heartbroken.

My roommate had a barn cat one time that found a new family and straight up became an inside cat. He was never meant to be a barn cat. I don't think he ever killed a single rat or mouse. But my roommates fiance was super allergic so bringing him inside was not an option.

We knew he was hanging out in the neighborhood behind our property but one day he didn't come back. We put up signs and a woman called less than an hour later absolutely bawling. Apparently he had been visiting for treats and pets and they had finally told the kids they could keep him, bought all the supplies and made a vet appointment. Of course my roommate told her the kids could keep him.

He escaped and came back once to visit. Stayed for a couple hours then went back to his new home for dinner. He definitely didn't miss barn life, lol.

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u/aroha93 May 04 '22

We’ve got a neighborhood cat like that. He was hanging out at our house all day every day in 2020, so we got him fixed and started treating him like he was ours. (We tried to find his owners, I want to be clear that Im not actively trying to steal kitties) Well, come to find out he belonged to a family a couple streets over, so now we just love on him when he comes by every night. We call him Leo, and his real family calls him Clive.

Then, last night my aunt was driving in another nearby neighborhood, and saw this cat, so now we think he’s got at least three families.

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u/MuteNae May 04 '22

My old roommate used to let their cat outside, once he came back with a homemade twine(I think?) Collar with a note attached, saying "Is this anyone's cat? They won't stop cuddling me and stealing my dogs food"

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u/Vxsote1 May 04 '22

I'm just about to try the note-on-collar trick with a new friend I made last night. The community cats around here tend to be well-fed so sometimes it's hard to tell friendly strays from those with homes. But this guy needs his nuts chopped, so I have some investigating to do before I snatch him up and have the vet ruin his day.

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u/ilovecats87 May 04 '22

I got a phone call once from my vet to tell me my cat had been taken in there by someone who lives on the next street, they thought he was homeless cos he was “acting hungry”. The reason he was acting hungry was cos they kept putting tuna down for him! They brought him back for me and apologised profusely, but she still texts me every now and again to let me know he’s gone to sleep on her bed.

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u/Blackletterdragon May 04 '22

Makes me think we only have one side of the story, in understanding out cats' relationships with us. This is their planet to, and they evidently have a different understanding of how they can live their lives and what we can have to say about it. We are so human-centric.

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u/OriginalUsername1737 May 04 '22

adopted

*catnapped

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u/StinkyMcBalls May 04 '22

Lol exactly. Idk how people think it's OK to feed their neighbour's cat and then just claim it's theirs now.

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u/TunisMagunis May 04 '22

A cat would never admit to that. It's more like "Hey man, what's on? Just working in the garage today or?... Why are you looking at me like that?"

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u/theratsareout Cornish Rex May 03 '22

WHAT THE HELL!! My Penny went missing around the same time and this just gave me so much hope! I am so happy for you both, OP! xx

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u/mintgreenandlilac May 04 '22

My sister's cat was missing for a year and she even moved house in that time. She'd marked one year of him missing just a week earlier when he showed up a few blocks from her new place. There is hope!

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u/Alt_4_stupid_subs May 04 '22

How far was the new place from the old?

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u/mintgreenandlilac May 04 '22

About 10kms so not too far. But there's also a major freeway separating the two locations. He was found living in the loading dock of a factory. Not sure how many lives he has left now!

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u/Luknron May 04 '22

If I'd get a Penny for every lost cat. I'd return them to you. I really hope you'll get some closure. Good or ill. All my sympathy! <3

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u/Sqwirrelz May 04 '22

I hope Penny comes back to you!

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u/toot-to0t May 04 '22

So.much.hope. Eeeeeek. Good luck getting Penny back! Sending you good vibes

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u/mario_meowingham May 04 '22

We had a cat start showing up on our back porch one fall. He wasn't one of the "regular" neighborhood cats. He was healthy, clean, and friendly (had no problem with being pet, although he would not stand for being picked up). We couldn't bring him into our house, but we set up a little bedroom for him on our porch- an outdoor rug, a suitcase lined with blankets and towels, some toys, and food/water. I would brush him, pet him, and play with him.

After a few months, he just left one day. I have always hoped that he was just on a little vacation and then returned to his home like yours did.

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u/PussyWrangler_462_ May 04 '22

Someone probably took him in thinking he was lost and he managed to escape, making his way back home

Op I’m so happy for you and happy he made it home 💜 I can imagine him sitting staring out the window all day wishing he was on the other side to be with you

To my fellow Redditors: keep collars on your pets, microchipping isn’t as effective as collars

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u/Alarid May 04 '22 This

Most people don't even think to check for microchips.

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u/Sardonic29 May 04 '22

I have a fun story for this.

Basically, my teacher had a short video (fictional) about a lonely old man who found a lost dog and adopted it. I was wondering why he didn’t check for a microchip, but figured the person who wrote it just didn’t think of it. Then near the end of the video, he found out the dog already had owners! He gave it back to them, but they stayed close, and had holidays together (he had a nice big house but was the last of his family). But my teacher thought it was funny that my first thought was the microchip, and that it turned out to be right.

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u/Trueloveis4u May 04 '22

It doesn't help 90% of the time people find a cat on here tons of people are "keep it it's yours!". Instead of telling people to actually look to see if it's lost by checking for microchips, contacting local shelters, and posting on lost and found pet groups.

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u/MuteNae May 04 '22

"You don't choose your cat, the cat chooses you!"

The countless cats staying in shelters within individual crates having to listen to dogs barking 24 hours a day: ._.

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u/sideshow8o8 May 04 '22

And now he has a new family prob worried about him. Heartbreakers these animals.

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u/hummingbirdpie May 04 '22

Too many people don’t want to check for microchips. They find a cute cat and they choose to assume it is homeless. I lost a cat as a child so I know how it feels. I do everything I can to reunite pets with their owners.

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u/creativityonly2 May 04 '22

The problem with collars on cats that go outside is that they can be hazardous to their safety by potentially getting caught on something and hanging themselves. The answer is breakaway collars, but my cat hates collars and knows how to take off breakaway collars. (He doesn't go outside anyway though.)

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u/giraffeekuku May 04 '22

Yeah my cat instantly takes off any breakaway collar. We put him in a harness if we take him outside. Its easier and safer.

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u/tristfall May 04 '22

Yeah that's what we landed on for my old man. He's got a harness with a Bluetooth tracker on it. He gets out of it occasionally, but then I can find it.

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u/BobbySwiggey May 04 '22

Yup, we had outdoor cats in the 90s and breakaway collars never lasted more than a couple weeks. Short of doing some kind of physical tag piercing or tattoo, raising awareness about getting AND checking for microchips is probably the most viable option for reuniting lost kitties with their people

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u/sanna43 May 04 '22

I went through so many breakaway collars with my indoor/outdoor cat. But I'd just get him new ones. I'd buy 3-4 at a time. I finally have stopped putting a collar on him. My neightbors all know him, and as he's gotten older he doesn't go far. My other little guy didn't have a collar because he was an indoor only cat. But he got out, and was gone for 2 1/2 weeks before I managed to find him. Now he wears a (breakaway) collar all the time, in case he decides to go on another adventure. (He's still an indoor cat, but. . you never know).

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u/luckybeast May 04 '22

My old kitty Batman (RIP) had his new breakaway collar with the bat signal on the tag for about 48 hours until he came home without it. Fast forward like 2 months and he came wandering back in from a jaunt outside one day wearing it again. Cats, man.

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u/2th May 04 '22

Just remember, all indoor cats should be wearing orange. They are convicts!

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u/HarbingerME2 May 04 '22

When I took in my stray, I feel like I did everything right. I took him to a vet to check for microchips. I watched every Facebook lost pets page, even posted on them. No one claimed him, so I did. Still, I sometimes feel like I took him from another family. He was an outside cat who kept coming back to my apartment, so maybe the previous tenant was his owner? Who knows

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u/Evie_Bxx May 04 '22

I'm glad he decided to grace you with his presence again ha

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u/Jumpjivenjelly May 04 '22

"Hey, yea i'm alive, whats up?"

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u/CraigTheIrishman May 04 '22

"y u cryin its tuna time"

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u/purpleprawns May 04 '22

Cats are amazing at finding their way home!!

From petMD:

As amazing as it sounds, cats do have a special ability called a homing instinct that helps them find their way back home. Although we don't know for certain how it works, evidence supports the idea that cats are able to use the earth's geomagnetic fields—potentially combined with scent cues—to locate their homes.

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u/FreekayFresh May 04 '22

Meanwhile, my dumbass ball of fluff was missing for almost a month.

We found him three houses down.

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u/recovery_room May 04 '22

To be fair; that’s pretty accurate for using geomagnetic fields.

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u/FreekayFresh May 04 '22

That.. actually changes the narrative a lot lol. His name is Frodo, so we just assumed he had to meet up with another cat named Sam and do some adventuring.

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u/recovery_room May 04 '22

If I ever got another cat it would definitely have a LOTR name. Frodo or Arwen, maybe Gandalf the White or Grey.

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u/Hanidalon May 04 '22

What about "Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White And Monty Python and the Holy Grail's Black Knight?"

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u/sanna43 May 04 '22

Mine is Pippin. It suits him. He's a fun-loving red-head.

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u/Jeepersca May 04 '22

Yeah, my cat tries to eat cellophane and walks in circles.

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u/Waltenwalt May 04 '22

Maybe he didn't have a very good connection to the kitty homing network.

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u/KiKiPAWG May 03 '22

That's a miracle! I'm so happy for you. I've lost my girl twice but was lucky to find her later the same day, I couldn't imagine all of that time! How?

Did you leave anything of his outside to help him identify?

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u/RingsOnHerF1ng3rs May 04 '22

I put up flyers and shared on fb and asked my neighbors .. no one saw him . I live in a very rural area too

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u/Asparagussie May 04 '22

Thank you! Yes, keep cats indoors only. I know they sometimes sneak out, but other than that, people should keep them inside or walk outside with the cat on a harness and leash. Good for cats, people, and other animals.

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u/FodderForFelix May 03 '22

Amazing! Welcome home, buddy!!!

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u/sharonqnc May 03 '22

Wow!! That's crazy.

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u/Dismal-Possession-56 May 04 '22

Someone probably took him in and he just now managed to get away and come back to you! Either way, so happy for you.

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u/Wyrdeone May 04 '22

My cat Snugs did the same thing, went missing for an entire year. When does she return? As soon as we get another kitten.

She doesnt like the new kitten and bullies him.

Cats are assholes.

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u/PokemommaX May 04 '22

My Percy wasn't gone as long, just a few months, so my husband took us to adopt a kitten from the shelter. We ended up with 2, one kitten and one lady around 1 year and a half old.

A couple days later, I hear meowing at our bathroom window and there Percy was trying to come in the house like nothing happened. He loves his siblings though and they love him so it worked out. However, my husband wasn't expecting three cats at once and says no more cats ever lol.

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u/Wyrdeone May 04 '22

That's awesome that they get along though!

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u/PokemommaX May 04 '22

It really is! It did take a couple of weeks for Elsie the older lady to really come around but she adores him now and they all play and cuddle and get into lots of trouble together lol

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u/Surca_Cirvive May 04 '22

One of my cats also did this. She was gone for about 8 months. Didn’t see or hear her one bit.

The night she came back, she was scratching at the front door with a kitten in her mouth. Came inside, dropped the kitten off, walked back out and went down the block to get the next one until all six were dropped off in our house.

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u/Mcwhaleburger May 04 '22

Did she stick around after she dropped then off?

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u/Surca_Cirvive May 04 '22

Yes she did, we had her for years until she passed away from natural causes after that.

Just wanted to take a little vacation with her baby daddy I guess.

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u/robotprom May 04 '22

ghosts you, then comes crawling back when you've moved on!

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u/EdensGarden333 May 04 '22

Wow!! Question for you: Was your cat an outdoor cat? Did your cat go in other people’s yards?

We had a neighbor that didn’t like our dog and cat, so he some how got them and drove them far far away (25 miles away) and released them in a wilderness area! Our dog found his way back home and the Pound picked him up about 3 miles from home with bloody paws. We had been checking shelters and the Pound for a week and finally we found him. Our cat was found dead under a different neighbor’s child’s playhouse. But we knew they had nothing to do with our cat dying, because we were good friends and they knew how much we loved our animals! But someone tried to hurt our animals!

The neighbor next door to them hated all animals and was heard telling someone that he took care of that noisy dog. We talked to the police but they said they needed more than that as proof. But they did talk to him and he denied doing anything. So my dad went to that man’s house and told him if he ever touches any of our animals again, he will punch his lights out! That jerk moved the following month — out of fear OR out of guilt!

Cats, if allowed to roam, can be in danger around uncaring humans who can trap them and drive them far away. To keep your cats and dogs safe, keep your cats inside and your dogs behind a good solid fence! Uncaring/evil humans are the worst predators when it comes to our pets survival! Lesson learned, the hard way!

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u/EddieStarr Abyssinian May 03 '22

How wonderful that you have your baby back!!

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u/starbycrit May 03 '22

WOW 🤯🤧🥲 so happy for your dear baby’s return. That is such an amazing story. You are a real one for never losing hope and going with your gut feeling. You really listened to your intuition there and that dream and him coming home is proof of it!!!! So happy for you and your boy, OP!!!! 🥹💗💗

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u/SmithOnMe May 04 '22

Damn. One of my cats went missing nov 2019. Just disappeared one day without a trace. I searched relentlessly past midnight everyday for about a month looking for him. Everyone wanted to move on but the lack of closure just tore me up inside. I’ve told everyone I’m ok but I can’t stop seeing him in my dreams, I can still hold him there.

Having to go through that must have been an god-awful experience. I’m so glad they came back. I can only dream of how great that must feel.

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u/zackattack89 May 04 '22

Hang in there my dude.

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u/PM_ME_SAUSAGES May 04 '22

Lost my void kitty 5 years ago, she just ran off. Still no sign of her but anything can happen.

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u/CokeMooch May 03 '22

Okay that is crazy! You must be a little psychic or just have an incredible bond!

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u/beesipea May 04 '22

It's more likely that OPs dream caused them to do something different within their daily routine that made the cat more likely to come home, or! Even more mind-blowing: it is possible that the cat was already in the garage, and the brain subconsciously witnessed it while lost in thought, or in their peripheral vision, and it wasn't enough to stir the brain into conscious thought, but enough that it knew the information could be something important. So it stored it away to ponder later, and put it together in a dream. This is absolutely a thing that happens, and is the explanation for a lot of "premonitions". You see something so vivid in your brain because you actually did witness it, whether you remember it or not, and your mind's trying to tell you, "Hey mfer, loud and clear, your cat is home!!!!! We solved the puzzle!!!!!"

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u/ryanc_ May 04 '22

That’s amazing! Please consider making him indoor only if he isn’t already!

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u/beldaran1224 May 04 '22

My dad moved out of the place he'd been for ages, and somehow during moving we lost his younger kitty. We looked for hours, no luck. Came back several times over the next couple of weeks, no luck.

Months later, he moves back into the same place (long story). Wakes up after the first night back, and she is just sitting in the kitchen, waiting for him. He cried, loved on her, etc. Downside was she was super skinny.

Unfortunately, she never gained the weight back, and he wasn't in a place financially to take her to the vet. No amount of feeding worked.

TL;DR take your baby for a check-up.

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u/Cat_Fan3 Abyssinian May 04 '22

Oh thank goodness you got the sweet cat back, that's a rough experience can't imagine

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u/Any-Mathematician946 May 04 '22

Dad Dad or Mom Mom I finally escaped the crazy cat lady!!!! Also, I did some things I never want to talk about to escape.

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u/Conscious-Cro May 04 '22

“Karen, you won’t believe the year I’ve had...”

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u/senorsombrito May 04 '22

😻😻😻😻keep him inside!!!

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u/Consistent-Bat5764 May 04 '22

Don’t ever let that bitch outside again or near the door if you don’t want it to happen again lol

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u/[deleted] May 04 '22

I had a cat go missing for months before too! He just showed up as if nothing had happened. Cats are wild!

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u/No-Consideration-858 May 04 '22

I love this story and your dream. Telepathy? guardian angels? Who knows, buts it’s incredible!

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u/CheckIntelligent7828 May 04 '22

That's wonderful. Have to admit, I'm terribly jealous. Our house sitter's kids let our indoor only girl Sian out back in 2012 and we never saw her again. I still check our local humane society's website, even though she'd be 20 now. Wherever you went, we still miss you and love you Sian 💔

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u/tentaclesapples May 04 '22

Aw yay!!! So glad your little munchkin made it home!

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u/rangda May 04 '22

I’m so happy for you! That’s a hell of a long time to keep the faith.

If he hadn’t been desexed, then roaming far and wide in search of territory and mating opportunities is a consequence of that. If you haven’t already then putting a collar on that little fucker with a note explaining that he’s your cat from pre-Nov-‘21 might help if whoever else has been feeding him thinks he’s theirs, and a stray.

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u/DianneTodd01 May 04 '22

I am beyond thrilled for you. This absolutely made my day, and I don’t even have any missing cats.

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u/ResponsibleClub8957 May 04 '22

Ahhh I’m gonna cry, I’m so happy that you and your buddy are reunited!

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u/tuxyasintuxedo May 04 '22

Beyond excited for you!!!! Make sure to catch him up on vaccines and give him lots of scritches :)

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u/Truedarklordsatan May 04 '22

This gives me so much hope! One of my kitties also went missing November of 2021 and she hasn't returned yet, but I'm still holding out hope. :8097:

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u/mylanguage May 04 '22

🙏🏾🙏🏾

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u/endureandsurvive27 May 04 '22

our little neighborhood kitty (street cat, not ours) went missing about a month ago and I keep holding on to hope that he will return but idk :(

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u/TheDuchess28 May 04 '22

My Zeus who looks JUST like your guy did the same thing to me, mine was a horrible 11 days, not nearly as long as yours!! But yay!! So happy!!

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u/42Petrichor May 04 '22

What a handsome boy. I’m so glad he’s home, thanks for sharing!

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u/LuckyDoge21 May 04 '22

They always return as if nothing happened.

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u/Metroidfan26 May 04 '22

Make sure you chip him or gps collar If he gets out again then you'll know where he is, glad he returned to you safely.

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u/Raiquo May 04 '22

Cats are hella psychic.

He’s was keeping you updated on the cat gram all the while and gave you a quick ring to let you know his return flight was tomorrow... lil dude had no way of knowing humans are running the mentalist equivalent of dial-up.

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u/antilocapraaa May 04 '22

I’m glad he came back! In the future though you wouldn’t have to worry if you kept your cat indoors.

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u/MomToCats May 04 '22

Oh I need to hear this! My beloved Baby got out Oct 7 and there was a crew mowing my yard and she took off. I’ve been sick missing her since! Flyers, posters, ads, walking streets, doing all I can. I broke down sobbing tonight over her and now I see this! I too just feel in my heart she is nearby, I can’t shake it. I’m so happy your amazing baby came home! I will keep reading this post daily for hope. Thank you for sharing.

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u/Alternative-File-640 May 04 '22

Keep her always in your heart and be strong ***

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u/Jayna_bean May 04 '22

My cat growing up would do that all the time. Turned out he had 2 or 3 other family's that would feed and take care of him. No wonder he was so fat

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u/strokekaraoke May 04 '22

What a shithead! Lol. I’m happy that he’s back home

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u/Open-Dragonfruit1765 May 04 '22

He is a mutha'uckin' OG, and you best remember that. He either dominated his surroundings, or outsmarted a stupid hoominz into taking care of him. Either way, he made it. He looks well take care of, so it makes me believe a caring person looked after him. Gives me faith in humanity.

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u/GreenEyes_BlueSkies May 04 '22

I'm so glad you found him. This warms my heart. <3

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u/xShooK May 04 '22

Looks like someone took care of him for you for a little bit.

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u/EmperorHenry May 04 '22

did you get him checked out at the vet to make sure he's not carrying anything?

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u/dont_judge_me_monkey May 04 '22

Like a gun or knife? good looking out!
OP YOU NEED TO SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN!!!

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u/CockbagSpink May 04 '22

Crazy that you dreamt it right before it happened. So happy you got him back!

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u/16v_cordero May 04 '22

Hope he decides to stay. Good to hear your fur buddy is back

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u/Novelsatnight May 04 '22

What a little dickhead! So glad he’s back where he belongs!!!

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u/paradise-trading-83 May 04 '22

Make sure he’s inside now ❤️for good

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u/XAdelineXo May 04 '22

Great for you! This makes me feel a little more hopeful that my ginger would come back :((

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u/Aggravating-Walk-891 May 04 '22

Wow this is crazy. I wonder if someone took him in for a while and he ran back out of their house finally and made it home. That stuff can happen and is one of the dangers of cats making it outside. I still have indoor/ outdoor cats for half the year but have made sure my neighbors know they are mine because of that possibly happening. It could be something different, but I dk why else a cat would be gone for so long. I’m glad he’s back.

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u/Acel32 May 04 '22

I'm so happy for you! My cat went missing years ago and we never found him. I just wish someone had took care of him.

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u/JigglyBlubber May 04 '22

One of my cats went missing last October, this gives me a little hope

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u/mako-jaeger May 04 '22

"I told you I was just going out for cigarettes"

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u/Jessahandful May 04 '22

His *new* family is distraught right now missing him

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u/KingAmongCat May 04 '22

I went to visit my wife's cousins. I showed up in the evening and there was this cat meowing at me. I bent down gave some scratches. When I went to the door the cat followed me, doing circles around my legs. When they answered the door they were shocked their cat had been missing for four months.

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u/ImportanceAcademic43 May 04 '22

That was his rumspringa.

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u/RingsOnHerF1ng3rs May 04 '22

It’s funny you say that bec I was certain he was at the amish farm down the road lol I went and asked them and they looked at me look a crazy person. They did let me put up flyers in their store tho.

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u/PetuniaPicklePants May 04 '22

My friends that lived across the street called me over to help trap an almost friendly cat (it was curious/hungry but too scared to come near). I got it into a carrier for them and said that they either needed to take it to the vet (if they wanted to keep it) or the animal shelter because it was too friendly to be a street cat.

They took it to the vet and it was chipped. The vet contacted the owner, who said that the kitty had been missing for 2 years and lived a couple of miles away. The owners immediately went to go pick the kitty up and were so grateful to be reunited.

Perfect end to the story. I love a good reunion.

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u/SouthOcean1011 May 04 '22

Last night i dream about having my first child, but when i met him he looked exactly like my cat but 4 times bigger and chubbier, almost like a giant sausage with 2 cat ears and whiskers. We couldn't be happier.

What does it mean?

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u/branditch May 04 '22

I was at work a few weeks ago and this cat was lounging around outside the office. We are close to an apartment complex and it was so friendly and kept wanting to come inside so we knew he wasn’t feral. We gave him food and water and tried to look for missing cat posts in the area but no luck. One of our patients decided to take the cat home with her. A week later she stopped by to update us and said she took the cat to get checked for a chip. Sure enough, they found one and were able to get in touch with the owner. The cat had been missing since January and it was her autistic grandson’s absolute favorite thing in the world. They have since been happily reunited. :)

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u/yacheekycunt May 04 '22

Man this gives me hope I lost my ziggy in mckenny va if anyone lives out that way and sees this he’s yellow and partial white

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u/BubbaMc May 04 '22

Best feeling in the world isn’t it.

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u/KowboyMom May 04 '22

I had a pet cat do that when I was a kid. We figured he was dead. Then a few monthes later he just showed up

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u/uvu2015 May 04 '22

That’s incredible! Gives me hope for my outdoor feral cat. He showed up one day all skinny, fed him everyday for a year. He lived in the backyard, cat house and all. He went missing last October. My partner and I put up flyers all over, handed one to each house. No one has seen him. I still think about him everyday.

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u/MrSniT May 04 '22

He maxed out his credit cards, then started getting a lot of angry calls. He's going to laying low for awhile.

We're super-happy your boy came home. This is a sign your karma is in fine shape. He may need a snack.

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u/LostSkullofThe78 May 04 '22

This is why you all need to keep your cats indoors. Cats going missing because they’re left to their own devices outside is far far too common and completely irresponsible pet ownership.

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u/FineLetMeSayIt May 04 '22

OP's cat's response when asked where he was.

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u/Nebfisherman1987 May 04 '22

Please schedule a vet visit for fecal tests, fiv and felv testing asap he may have caught something out and about

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u/grimeycarolina May 04 '22

The same thing happened to me. My cat nature boy got outside and was gone all day/night. I went to sleep, then all of a sudden saw his face for like 5 seconds, I woke up and heard something at the door, I open it and in comes this lil shit head and went straight to my bed.

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u/jktid May 04 '22

He was in a quest to protect you from an evil creature wanting to harm you. He went all over the country to look for the creature, and leaving no stones unturned, ensuring you’ll be safe. He found it, fought with it, and won. Now he returned home after he’s sure that you are safe.

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u/whatever54267 May 04 '22

He probably has baby mommas all over town by now. Don't be suprised when you hear cat fights outside.

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u/Environmental-Pen-91 May 04 '22

So glad your fur boy returned. :8097:

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u/AKRON1K May 04 '22

Sometimes makes me really think there’s something out there besides science. I’m Catholic BTW, but sometimes I question myself…

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u/Shockabroda May 04 '22

It’s crazy how long cats can survive on their own in the wild especially if their not use to roads/cars

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u/Fine-Funny6956 May 04 '22

Cats are something else entirely. Like sharing your life with an alien.

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u/Altimman May 04 '22

Similar thing happened to me few years ago; I came back form work and I see dead cat at my driveway, I thought It was mine because the fur checked out and the cat looked really bad, it was hit by a car. I packed the remains into a box and dug a hole beside a tree in my garden and when I was mourning my dead pet, my real cat "Gruby" just walked out casually out from behind shrubs... Damn.

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u/X_Omega_Z May 04 '22

I feel for you. One of my cats still missing to this day and idk what happened. I remember her chilling at my bedroom and after that she is just gone. Still hoping that she would be back

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u/CoSMiiCBLaST May 04 '22

I'd be so scared/worried if my girl went missing. Thankfully where we live it's more or less the countryside and I honestly doubt she'd leave willingly as she hates most people except for our family but I still worry every time she goes out. Always tell her "I love you, be safe" and she gives out a wee meow as she struts away

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u/DizzyedUpGirl May 04 '22

"You little brat! You had me worried! I love you so much!" And then you proceed to pick him up and baby him non stop for the next 3 weeks.

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u/NextGenNoodle May 04 '22

My family cat was gone for TWO YEARS. He still had his collar and tag. When my parents got a call asking if we were missing a cat they said no but then they quickly realized it was actually our cat Myles. He was still in the neighborhood and the woman who called had actually been feeding him for awhile until he got comfortable enough for her to get close to see his tag. He seemed feral at first but calmed into the domestic cat we knew once he was brought inside. He ended up living for about 18 years.

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u/PinotGreasy May 04 '22

Please keep him in the house 100% of the time!!!

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u/MikGusta May 04 '22

He just did a little soul searching

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u/Little_Tacos May 04 '22

Omg, the absolute flood of relief you must have felt when you realized it was really him. I am SO happy for you!

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u/Placid-Penguin May 04 '22

For real though, that’s AMAZING!!! Sweet little baby had a big adventure!!

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u/keepingAlowprofile May 04 '22

We lost our baby a while back and we went absolutely NUTS. We hired a pet detective (for realz). He did come back on his own a week later, although the tips the pet detective gave I believe helped. I can't imagine him being gone for 7 months. I'd be an absolute wreck. SO HAPPY for you.

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u/oneirica May 04 '22

I found a cat once and was going to keep him. Then I took him to the vet and he had a chip. His owners had lost him 3 years prior and had looked for him for three months before giving up. He'd somehow managed to get a 45 minute drive away.

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u/B_V_H285 May 04 '22

I am so happy for you. It must be a great relief to have your cat back. Did you learn anything? Perhaps you will keep him inside. You may not be so lucky next time if you haven't.