Missing! How Long Will An Un-neutered Male Stay Away From Home? -- Found!!

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  1. AVANS687

    AVANS687 TCS Member Kitten

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    I have an un-neutered male cat who has been away from home for more than 2 weeks. I've been searching for him endlessly but still no luck. I've hung flyers in the neighborhood, went to the local shelter to look for him there and nothing. I've been worried sick about him. He was howling to get out to mate the night before he left. He does not like strangers and would not approach a random person. He is very attached to me and I find it strange he has not returned yet. I live in an area with few natural predators. Is this normal to stay gone for so long? How long have your cats been gone? When did they come back? I have hope he is ok but very worried and hoping to hear experiences from some of you. Thanks
     
  2. ondine

    ondine Advisor Staff Member Advisor

    If he's unneutered, he is probably looking for a mate. Male cats can travel miles to answer the call of love. This is why we urge people to spay or neuter their pets. It can be very dangerous for housecats out there.

    You can set his litter box outside the house - the smell may attract him back. I would also call his name late at night, as he may be hunkered down and too frightened to come out during the day.

    Vibes you are able to find him.
     
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  3. AVANS687

    AVANS687 TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you for the advice. How long do males normally stay away from home? We've been searching near our house and have expanded our search miles since its been more than 2 weeks. I just want to see him jump the fence back home.
     
  4. ondine

    ondine Advisor Staff Member Advisor

    There is really no telling how long he'll stay away because he may have gotten lost, injured or been taken in by someone.

    I would just keep looking. Praying for his safe return.
     
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  5. Norachan

    Norachan Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Some feral toms I care for were gone for up to six months at a time before I got them all neutered. Even very friendly tom cats can't resist the "Call of The Wild".

    Really, the only way to stop him roaming is to get him fixed. Don't give up on him yet, but be prepared to get him neutered as soon as he comes back home.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. AVANS687

    AVANS687 TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you for your encouragement. Yes, he will be getting neutered and I'll be getting him a GPS tracker as soon as he comes home.
     
  7. ondine

    ondine Advisor Staff Member Advisor

    Oh, good. Please keep us posted. Vibes he'll be home soon.
     
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  8. shadowsrescue

    shadowsrescue Advisor Staff Member Advisor

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    I had a feral tom I had been trying unsuccessfully to trap that left and was gone for 5 months. He did return, but not until the weather was cool and mating season was coming to an end. It is their nature when not neutered to wander and wander. They will forego food and water for long periods as they are completely are hormone driven.

    Please get him neutered when he does return. It can take 3+ weeks for the hormones to shut down after the neuter so it is best to keep him inside during that time period.
     
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  9. AVANS687

    AVANS687 TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you for sharing. It gives me hope to hear stories like this that he will indeed return. He will be neutered when he comes home. It's agonizing waiting for him. I been searching everywhere but it seems like he will decide to come home when he wants to.
     
  10. Norachan

    Norachan Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    @AVANS687 is he home? I noticed in another thread that you said you'd found your cat. I hope your boy is home safely now.
     
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  11. AVANS687

    AVANS687 TCS Member Kitten

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    Yes!!!! He's home! Someone saw my flyer and called me. I went to look where they said and he was there!!!
     
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  12. talkingpeanut

    talkingpeanut TCS Member Top Cat

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    Congratulations!! Can you keep him inside until he is neutered? Actually, you should probably keep him in for a month after while you wait for the hormones to leave his body.
     
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