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I opened the garage door just a tiny crack, way too small for a cat to squeeze under so Atticus could have a little fresh air, and apparently I underestimated his ability to fit under very small openings. I just returned home and went to check on him, and he's gone. I'm frantic. Prayers, good vibes, whatever will be greatly appreciated. We're leaving now to go and search for him.
 

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I'm sending you positive energy and prayers. Oh, I do hope you find him. His story has touched me (even though I didn't comment on the Atticus update thread).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Put food outside and leave it out until you find him. He'll start looking for food, and you want to keep him in the area.<br><br>
Also, leave the garage door open if you can - he may try to come back in the way that he left. And leave food inside the garage too.<br><br>
Make signs tonight and put them around the area.<br><br>
If he didn't get scared off, there's a good chance he'll stay near and you'll find him.
 

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Also, if it's not raining, put his litterbox outside. He'll smell his own scent, and that will be familiar.
 

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He's back! I went to put out food, and there he was, the little stinker. The door is now shut tight! Thanks for the good thoughts and words. Whew, these fur kids are driving me nuts! Raising human children is much easier!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I'm hoping that, by the time you read this, Atticus will be home. If not, this is my experience with escaped cats:<br><br>
Many cats, even the most affectionate and cliny ones, will freak to some extent if they get out. What has worked well for me is sitting quietly outside and letting them approach. This cab take hours or all night or all day. Cats don't like feeling hunted - it makes them nervous, and some cats will go into deep hiding. I put stron smelling food out, and sit close enough so that I can see them if they approach the food, but not close enough so that they're hesitant to approach the food.<br><br>
(There was a breach in the cover of the cats' outdoor enclosure last summer which I didn't discover until I heard one of my cats crying under the kitchen window. He wanted in desperately, but was too scared to let me approach him. I did a quick head count and found that half a dozen cats, including a couple of my most skittish ones, had gotten out. They were circulating in the shrubbery, crying and nervous. I managed to pick up a few and get them inside. The others I trapped, first by tying a string to the door of the cat enclosure and sitting inside, waiting for a cat to come in, and then quickly pulling the door shut. The last one, Elf, who is one of my really skittish ones, didn't go in the cat enclosure, but did keep approaching the back door. I got all of the other cats secured in other areas of the house, and then I put tuna on the landing and I sat on the basement steps where she wouldn't be able to see me right away if she came through the door. She did come through the door; I slammed it shut using a broom handle that I had at the ready, and everyone was home safe and sound. Anyway - those are the things that work for me.)<br><br>
ETA: Oh good - you posted while I was writing all that out.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"> at Atticus being home!
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mlp</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2823778"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
half a dozen cats, including a couple of my most skittish ones, had gotten out. They were circulating in the shrubbery, crying and nervous.</div>
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Poor things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Sally - so glad you got him back! What a relief.
 

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Sally, you might consider getting him chipped pretty quickly. Even though most people don't want collars on their indoor-only cats, it's a good idea to do the chip, if you don't do this already, for your indoor cats just in case they get out.
 

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Poor things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Yes. In my case, it was probably a good thing that more than one got out; I think it kept them from getting completely terrified, having each other there. You know the extent to which cats can revert to being little wild animals when they're scared. It took me less than two hours to get them all back in, which was a relief. Half of that time was probably spent getting everyone else secured, and double checking my headcount, so that I could open the door and a window to lure them in. And of course, it's so important to remain calm, because they pick up on everything, and agitation on my part would have made them even more nervous.
 

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I'm glad Atticus is back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
Something all cat parents should be aware of is that cats can squeeze through an opening the size of a toothpaste tube. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> It's because they don't have a functioning collarbone. This is one of the things to remember when catproofing one's home. It's especially important to remember when you have a small kitten, and kittens are probably even more curious than adult cats. They really don't like to just sit for too long - they want to go roaming and exploring.<br><br>
ETA: And I agree about microchipping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Something all cat parents should be aware of is that cats can squeeze through an opening the size of a toothpaste tube. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> It's because they don't have a functioning collarbone. This is one of the things to remember when catproofing one's home.</div>
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Yeah, IME, anything their skull can fit through, a cat can fit through, and the skull is pretty small when you discount the ears and skin and fur, and it's flattish besides, so they can snake through really small openings.
 

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Lesson learned. Yes, all cats living in this home from hence forth will be collared AND chipped! I'm fairly certain it was hunger that brought him back. It's probably due to the fact that he was starving before we found him, but the boy does love his food. He was just calmly sitting in front of his food bowl, and gave me this soft little meow as if to say" Oh hey. You're back. Can I have something to eat?" His mellow personality and THAT TAIL just adds to his charm. Sometimes he opens his mouth and there's no sound (except when he's hungry). He's now sleeping off a food coma on the old sofa. Thanks again everyone.<br><br>
mlp: Oh, those poor babies. I'm glad you were able to round them up. They're so lucky to have someone like you.
 

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i didn't think he'd stay out for long, he knows he's got it good there compared to on the streets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm so relieved he's back and after wanting to have my butt kicked for being so stupid, have decided to take this as a learning experience and something never to be repeated. Funny how these little furry things can take over our hearts in no time, eh? It was as if the atmosphere of the entire household changed when he returned.I couldn't stop hugging and kissing him last night! We love this little boy so much!
 

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It was as if the atmosphere of the entire household changed when he returned.I couldn't stop hugging and kissing him last night! We love this little boy so much!</div>
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It's so nice to read how treasured he is. I wish all animals could be that loved.<br><br>
When I think about the animals on factory farms and in labs etc. I think the biggest tragedy (besides the abject torture), is that they are never loved and treasured as individuals (but instead they're "things" or tools).
 

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I'm so relieved he's back and after wanting to have my butt kicked for being so stupid, have decided to take this as a learning experience and something never to be repeated. Funny how these little furry things can take over our hearts in no time, eh? It was as if the atmosphere of the entire household changed when he returned.I couldn't stop hugging and kissing him last night! We love this little boy so much!</div>
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Don't be so hard on yourself. I wish I would run out of stupid things to do with respect to my animals.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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It's so nice to read how treasured he is. I wish all animals could be that loved.<br><br>
When I think about the animals on factory farms and in labs etc. I think the biggest tragedy (besides the abject torture), is that they are never loved and treasured as individuals (but instead they're "things" or tools).</div>
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Yes.
 
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