Okay, I'm on page 19 right now and trying to catch up when I can, and I WILL, I have yet to miss a single post since I joined you ladies. However, I did want to ask for some good vibes my way. My cat Dio has been missing now for just over a week, and my heart just can't take it. Don't worry about reading this all, I just need to get it out. When we moved here 2 years ago we had 3 cats:
1) Ta-kun: I adopted on my own while I was homeless, total sweetheart, always on a harness and leash everywhere with me. I could walk into a coffee shop, drop his leash by the door and he would patiently wait for me to get my coffee, pay, etc. My little squish-face, heart of my heart, he talked to everyone, had such a funny - human - way of talking, he would even talk on the phone.
2) Aneble: I was supposed to kitty sit for him for 6 months while his mum studied abroad. She never came back for him, he was the same age as Ta-kun, they loved each other like brothers, Aneble had a lot of emotional issues, but I fell in love with him and for 2 two years committed to making him a happy, stable kitty.
3) Stormy: Showed up at the door in a thunderstorm, tiny little thing, thought she was a kitten, she moved here with us too, but we were looking for a home for her.
We moved here, none of our cats had been outside without us, although I could let Ta-kun go without a leash, he would follow, but I had always been in the city. I intended to integrate them to the outside eventually, but we had just moved here. We went on a wonderful vacation, my DP and I, and both my brother's with their DPs. MIL was taking care of our cats, they were supposed to be kept in. She let them out. I never saw Ta-kun again. Aneble sat in windows and cried for 2 weeks and then left, never saw him again. I did everything I could to find them, but I got nothing. I still have dreams that they suddenly come back and it's like my heart is set free of this terrible weight I didn't realize it was carrying.
At the time there were 2 other cats in residence here. Sadey and her son Sebastian. DP had grown up with them, Sebastian was his cat. Sister and nephew of my parent's two cats (whom I bottle fed and raised, their mother was thrown into a dog kennel when they were 3 days old.) Well, as Stormy swelled it became evident that she was just tiny, not a kitten, she gave birth and we placed all but 4 of the kittens. Pipkin, Dio, Olive and Nate. Sadey got fed up I think, and left.
Couple months later, Sebastian disappeared.
In the last year the 5 have been consistent; Stormy, Dio, Pipkin, Nate and Olive. It has all seemed so far out of my control, but these 5 were close family and didn't annoy each other, so I don't think Dio left because he needed space. They've all been very happy. I've never collared because my mum had a cat that died that way (got snagged) and the break-aways they all pull off immediately. I hadn't chipped because everywhere I found it was a fee to put it in, a registration fee, and a monthly fee. Flee / tick medicine for 5 cats is already hefty, and we just couldn't afford it. I found out today though when I visited the shelter that they will put them in for $20 and that is all you ever have to pay, so I'm going to get them all done ASAP.
Stormy was away once for a month and came back in rough shape. She actually had 3 litters, Dio and Pipkin are from the first, Nate and Olive from the second. Each time she was pregnant before she stopped nursing, so I hadn't gotten her spayed. She went missing pregnant with the third litter and came home alone and very thin.
I know this is a long and rambling story about my cats, but I'm just terribly upset right now.. I wake up all night having cat a dream that he showed up and I was so relieved. It's also agitated more dreams of my other kitties coming home. Then I wake up and can't stop worrying and crying
Please just send good vibes this way, I'm sorry about the ramble.