Thursday, April 22, 2010

From bad to worse

Patches is home, pumped with anti inflammatory and the vet gave us some medication in case he spikes a temperature so that we don't have tu rush to the vet all the time.

But something else happened last night and I am barely holding it together.

My mum opened the french door onto our balcony and to seconds later the Dude had disappeared. We went out immediately, one of the neighbour came out asking if we were looking for a grey cat that she just saw running in a particular direction. Mike, me, mum and dad were out until late looking fr the Dude with no joy. No sign of him this morning either, mum feels awfully guilty and had a crisis during the night. I cannot believe this is happening, the Dude has always been indoor and definitely doesn't know his way around. i've posted ads on all the online boards and we are printing flyers to give to the neighbours, I fear he won't be able to survive outdoor.
What else can happen to us? Knowing that we'll be loosing Patches sooner rather than later was already impossible to accept and now we've lost the Dude too. I've been crying since last night.

22 comments:

  1. Oh sweetie - have faith he can find his way back. Make sure you leave some food on the balcony for the smell to entice him back. Hopefully someone will have found him and will see the flyers. I know how you feel - i was beside myself when some kids took Tigerlily, we have no idea where she was, very scary. xx

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  2. ((Hugs)) Someone might have just taken him in for the night and will see your flyers soon. I've had kittens find their way home days and/or weeks later so keep the faith. Sending you my love and prayers that Dude will find his way home soon.

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  3. Oh Fran, your poor pair. I hope that The Dude wanders home very soon.

    Tell your mum not to feel bad; some cats are escape artists.

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  4. Oh no! But don't worry, cats are smart creatures and mine has always found her way back in spite of moving half way across the world on three occasions. It might take her a day or two but she's always made it back. I hope the Dude comes back soon. And that poor Patches gets better.

    Meanwhile keep posting flyers. Sending lots of hugs!

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  5. Oh honey - I'm so sorry that this has happened, especially on top of everything you've been experiencing with Patches's health. Your story reminds me of how our indoor cat got lost once when we had houseguests - she was actually gone for over a week. Someone suggested that we go out and walk around and shake her bag of kibble and she came running - turns out she didn't go far at all - she was hiding in the neighbours' yard all that time. I hope it is the same for The Dude - if you haven't trying shaking his kibble (or making the sound of a can opening) please give it a try. Sending lots of love and hugs and prayers for a safe return and for a healthy Patches.
    Love,
    Maddy

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  6. Oh man! How stressful! Hang in there, we had a kitty get out and we didn't even know it until later that night she was sitting on the porch by the door waiting to get back in. Hoping your little guy finds his way back very quickly!

    ~ICLW

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  7. Even though the Dude is an indoor cat, he's lived there long enough to know that's his home and can find his way back. Hang in there, things will get better. Praying for you and your kittens.

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  8. Oh NO:( Oh Fran I'm so sorry. You've done everything you can for him to come home and I'm just going to believe that he will, that he will miss you and Mike and Patches too much. And your poor mum must feel terrible. And this is the very last thing you deserved. It really is too much now.

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  9. Oh Fran - many hugs to you. Hopefully he'll be found safe and sound very soon.

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  10. Oh Fran he'll be back. I remember the first time our Florenzo left home, he was gone was 7 or 8 days, but he returned. Don't worry he'll show up and be right back with you soon. Hang in there girl. xoxoxo

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  11. Oh dear dear Fran! I am so sorry -this is so unfair.
    Poor Dude and poor Patches.
    I would do what PPs suggested -esp leaving food out. combing the neighborhood calling for him - going in back alleys - leave food out for him , go door to door.
    Did you get him micro-chipped? If so and he turns up at a shelter they will find you that way. Also call the local shelters, etc. I know it's a lot of work - and it's heartbreaking. I really have faith that cats have really good sense of place and direction - he's probably hiding somewhere frightened of the unknown.
    Please take care and I hope against hope that Patches makes a recovery too.
    Big hugs to you all:)

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  12. Oh no! I really hope he comes back soon. My little Sweetpea ran off last year and was gone for over a week before she found her way back home. Don't give up hope. Hopefully someone in your neighborhood will see your flyers and be able to help.

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  13. Oh Fran, I'm so sorry. I can't begin to imagine the heartache you're feeling. I hope that one of the neighbors took him in for the evening and will bring him home upon seeing the flyers. Since he's chipped you have a much, much better chance of having him returned.

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    ((HUGS))

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  14. Oh dear. This is beyond sucky. I'm really hoping the Dude finds his way back home. Hang in there, sweetie.

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  15. Oh my gosh Fran! How very sad. Keep an eye on the local shelters, call around and see if he has shown up at any of them. Don't give up yet. A happy reunion may be in the future. I am sorry you have to go through this though. Poor kitty, poor Fran, mike, and Patches. My goodness you have had a rough run lately.

    Praying for The Dude to find his way back.

    *hugs*

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  16. I am hoping that Patches continues to get better. Cats do have an amazing way of finding their way back home. One of my cats growing up was gone for 6 months and came back. I now have an indoor cat. He has gotten out at least 5 times. Luckily, I realized it 4 of the times and found him quickly. The other he was gone for 2 days and came wandering back in at 3AM. Hopefully, Dude will be home soon with you. I know how hopeless it can feel.

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  17. Ok, this has me delurking. I am SO sorry your kitty is missing. This happened to a friend of mine a couple of summers ago, and we were sure this cat would have no idea how to find her way home. The night I came to walk the neighborhood with her, I thought I saw a flash, maybe the cat, so she left the garage door up about 6 inches, and sure enough, the next morning, her cat was home safe and sound. She had been outside for 5 days and survived the coyotes. I hope Dude returns very soon - safe and sound.

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  18. Oh Fran... Sending your kitty warm vibes to stay safe and return home safe! Have faith... Hopefully some one must have given shelter to your kitty!

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  19. Oh no! I can't imagine how frantic and heart broken you must be. I will pray that both your kitties are well and healthy and safe in your arms very, very soon. Can you try putting one of his favorite toys on the patio, in hopes that maybe he will smell it and find his way to it? I hope you already have found him.

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  20. Oh you poor love, you must be beside yourself with worry. I agree with everyone who suggests leaving food out.

    Thinking of you and sending lots of "come home" vibes to the Dude.

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  21. I'll bet he is with someone or he's hiding close by being very quiet. I truly hope he finds his way home to you.

    I totally get your distress over this: all I have is my two cats and I would suffer terribly if either of them disappeared.

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