My wife just called me to tell me that DumDum is missing
She says she's 99.9% positive that he hasn't gotten outside, but she can't find him anywhere in the house.
So right now I'm figuring he's gotten himself trapped somewhere, but he's not crying, so maybe he's sick and hiding. He's had to go to the emergency vet once in his little life already.
I'm on the verge of leaving the office to go find him.
April 30th, 2007 12:09pm
He'll come out when it is time to eat.
And... she just "found" him.
She went out in the neighborhood walking up and down the street shaking his little can of treats, to no effect. Then when she came back in the front door of our house, there were DumDum and Willis, sitting on the front hall rug and staring at her like she was crazy.
So.. yeah. Instant gratification in this thread translated to about 20-30 minutes of me biting my nails over this cat. I worry more about my cats than I do about most people. :-P
April 30th, 2007 12:14pm
Seriously, I've got a big lump in my throat over here. I almost teared up when she told me she found him.
April 30th, 2007 12:15pm
Cats will drive you crazy with that shit.
It's unbelievable the hiding spots they can find.
I once found mine *underneath* the bottom drawer of the dresser. He had climbed in through the back of the dresser. I only found him by taking the whole drawer out.
April 30th, 2007 12:17pm
Mine will occasionally hide under the bed. It's not somewhere where she usually sleeps, so when she does, it's usually a house-wide hunt.
April 30th, 2007 12:17pm
My older cat used to climb up INSIDE the box spring of my bed, through a tiny slit in the fabric stapled to the bottom. It took me MONTHS to figure out that THAT'S where she kept disappearing to.
April 30th, 2007 12:19pm
Muppet, if you feel you need to leave work early to find a cat, you need to get a life. Your daughter, yes. The cat, no.
99% of the time they show up, if you just wait.
April 30th, 2007 12:23pm
If it had been my daughter, I wouldn't spend 5 seconds considering whether I should leave, obviously.
For the cat, it would take a few minutes of stewing before I'd leave to go find him.
If the poor guy is stuck in a wall somewhere, bleeding or who knows what, I'm not going to wait until my shift is over to find that out.
April 30th, 2007 12:24pm
I grew up with cats my whole life. My father would rescue the neighborhood strays. We have a decent plot of land, not very big, but in a location suited to having lots of animals around, surrounded by woods, on a dead end street, quiet.
At one time we had twenty-six cats living on the property, almost all of them outdoors exclusively. My father would build shelters for them in the winter and make sure they got fed, etc.
So it's pretty ingrained in me to take care of animals as if they were every bit as valuable as people. To me, they are.
Last winter we had an old, heavyset cat that sort of set up camp on our front porch. I have no idea where he came from, but he had lots of battle scars and just seemed pretty tired. When the temperature got down to the teens, I mentioned to my wife that maybe I should build him a little shelter. She insisted that I was NOT to run a cat orphanage on our property.
That cat stayed out on our porch one night when the temperature got down to 4 degrees farenheit. He was there in the morning when I left for work, and he actually looked up as I passed him. He was gone by the time I got back, and I've never seen him again. I'm sure he died in the woods somewhere of exposure/frostbite.
Next year, I'm building a damn cat shelter. There's still plenty of strays in our neighborhood. My wife will be pissed and that's fine.
April 30th, 2007 12:28pm
Just when I can't stand you, muppet, you bring me back.
I find men that love cats are irresistible.
I'm glad you didn't lose your precious ones. I don't know what I would do without mine.
I recall the anguish I felt when Katie got "lost". My SO thought she ran through her feet out the front door and called me completely bawling and tore down with worry.
Later that day, she found her coming out of a teeny crack near the stove. We didn't think she could still fit in there.
But thank GOODNESS!
Cats are great at finding little cracks you'd never think they could fit in and would never even think to look. DumDum isn't the first and won't be the last to send me on a chase.
April 30th, 2007 12:32pm
I love my cats too, almost as much as my kids, but if one of them goes on the lam for a couple of hours, I don't immediately go into panic mode. I certainly wouldn't go running home from work if a cat was missing for two hours and there was another adult at home who could look around for a while.
April 30th, 2007 12:33pm
If it had been Willis I wouldn't worry as much, but DumDum, well, DumDum is a little bit special.
April 30th, 2007 12:34pm
If a cat doesn't go AWOL for a day once and a while it isn't a real cat any more.
Then it is the cat-equivalent of a couch potato.
Well, these guys are indoor cats. I wouldn't subject them to our neighborhood. The guy running the meth house down the street barrels down the road at 80mph about one night in three. It's a miracle he hasn't clobbered any cats yet. The guy before him, also a drug dealer, DID run over one of my cats in a lifted Ford pickup with monster tires many years ago.
April 30th, 2007 12:57pm
If cats get stuck behind cupboards or other places you can normally find them by smell after a week or two. Same is true of babies, but they require lots of paperwork to be filled in in the same circumstances.
April 30th, 2007 12:58pm
You're late. That sort of joke is supposed to be delivered while the cat is STILL missing.
April 30th, 2007 1:00pm
A real cat knows to be careful and who to avoid.
Don't you think they met anything dangerous when their ancestors were not cohabitating with humans.
My cat Emmy, who IS allowed outdoors, won't move of her own accord out of the way of my car when I slowly back it out of the driveway....
April 30th, 2007 1:02pm
I think she may be depressed and suicidal. First Willis and DumDum came along, intruding on her exclusive ownership of the house, and now the dog.
April 30th, 2007 1:06pm
Are you paying Emmy any attention?
I don't get worried until we get to about 12 hours, and don't do anything special until 24 hours. Mine are indoor/outdoor cats. The old one, dead now for over a year, would kill something and leave it on the step so that I would know she wasn't starving. She was kind of special though, and took better care of her people than most cats.
Glad to hear that DumDum is back. Loosing cats sucks.
"Loosing cats sucks."
April 30th, 2007 2:15pm
Emmy gets attention as Emmy permits. She has sort of adopted the family behind us, which is a shame because they're all sociopaths.
You should have heard me fuming the other day when dipshit's (my neighbor's) wife decided she was going to take it upon herself to give Emmy a haircut. Maybe she'd like to pay all of her vet bills, too.
April 30th, 2007 2:19pm
Cats never have a favorite hiding/sleeping place for too long. They're always trying new shit on you.
April 30th, 2007 2:27pm
April 30th, 2007 8:00pm
Like the cat picks. Hasn't the cat in those pic appeared on CuteOverload before?
Our old tomcat reappeared late last week after having disappeared early November last year. In other news the she cat across the road has just come into season...
a cynic writes...
May 1st, 2007 11:14am
Wow. Good timing, Tom.
May 1st, 2007 11:33am