Semi Feral Cat Missing for a Month

chesslearner

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A semi-feral cat that I have been taking care of since last year has been missing for a month. I bought him a cat bed which he slept in; catnaps and overnight. I bought him cat toys. I bought him dry food, wet food and treats. He even had a heated sleeping pad outside for the winter months. The last few weeks he even came into the mudroom where he ate and left. He's not that big and I'm afraid a bigger cat or raccoon chased him away. I should have tried to keep him as an indoor cat... Now I have no idea where he has gone... I don’t even know if he’s safe and sound. Should I report him as a lost pet? Even if I do find him, do I trap him and bring him back and confine him indoors so he doesn't run away? Or should I just accept that he went to find new territory and will never come back? :bawling:
 
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A neighbor who manages a nearby colony insisted he was spayed. I trusted him and he has not seen the cat either.
 

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Does he have a tipped ear? If he was part of a colony and was neutered he would most likely have a tipped ear.

When he returns, I would be sure to trap him and get him to a vet to check to see if he has been neutered.

You can post some fliers or talk with neighbors to see if he has been seen.

I once cared for a feral cat that was not neutered. I had tried many times, but he would not go into the trap. Warm weather arrived and he took off. He was gone for 5 months. He did return and eventually I was able to trap him and get him neutered.

Also with the weather warmer, some cats like to roam. As long as they can hunt, they will not go hungry. He may also have another feeding source.
 
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:frown: He doesn't have a tipped ear. I shouldn't have trusted my neighbor. If/when he comes home, I'll try to trap him for a check up.
 
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