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When I left today she was hiding behind the washer, came home and she's nowhere to be found. We have a cat door that goes to our basement and I think that's where she probably is...there's NO way for her to have gotten out of the house. I know she's scared and it takes awhile for cats to warm up to a new place but.........<br><br>
what is a reasonable amount of time to wait for her to come out. Part of our basement is just dirt and rocks with no light, so really I'm not sure if she's there, I can't see.<br><br>
I tried to coax her from behind the washer w/ tuna which didn't work.....any ideas?<br><br>
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first off, check your clothes drier. next if there's any way she could have gotten in the garage, check under the car(s) and in the engine(s). short of that, she's probably gotten herself shoved into a tiny place where she'll stay until she's either hungry or is more comfortable to be able to come out. i'd leave food and water out for her and she should be out and about soon.
 

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Two comments:<br><br>
First, in order to find her, you do the "Process of Elimination Cat Containment Routine". You start in rooms that can be closed off from the others, and do a complete search. When you are positive the cat isn't in that room, close the door. Do this for every room in the house possible, until you have a smaller area in which the cat is likely to be hiding. Leave all other doors closed until the cat does re appear--otherwise he will just be moving room to room in the night and you'll never find him. Put the food in that room and within a few days the cat should appear.<br><br>
Second comment--when you do find the cat, start over. Any new cat being introduced to a home should not be given access to the entire house. It is completely terrifying and most will run and hide and generally be upset and anxious. They should spend the first week in a small clutter free room--bathrooms are good for this. You need to visit, get to know each other, and the cat needs to acclimate to the new house. Gradually, let him into one room at a time until he feels at home.
 

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She was confined but thanks to a very determined 4 y/o.....well we all know what happened next <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
She has got to be in the basement...we have gone from room to room and she is just not upstairs. I put some food on this side of the basement door and locked the cat door so she can come up but not go back down. Hopefully she'll come up during the night and I'll have an update in the morning.<br><br>
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Good luck finding your kitty! There have been times where one of mine has been hiding and I would <i>swear</i> that she wasn't in the house but later (anywhere from a few hours to a day later) she would appear. I never did figure out where her hiding place was!
 

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Update?<br>
Hope you found her!
 

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Our current cat is/was a hider in new places... very fun while traveling cross-country and staying in hotel rooms (you do not want to know what's under some of the beds in certain hotels out in the hinterlands of Wyoming). She eventually comes out and then acts like she was there all along - what, me missing? Never!<br><br>
I hope she comes out soon...<br><br>
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Still no kitty today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I moved her food downstairs, when my dh gets home tomorrow I'm having him crawl back there....it's unfinished basement, not completely dug and out to under the porch....90 years of dust <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/sneeze.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sneeze">:
 

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Oh, no!<br>
Here, kitty kitty kitty...<br>
I will be watching this thread...
 

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We rescued a farm cat a couple years ago and we had a vet appointment for her and our other cat and when the time came she'd DISSAPEARED! It was crazy, we looked everywhere in our little apartment and ended up going to the vet without her.<br><br>
Turned out she'd crawled up into our box springs under our bed. We HAD looked there but not well enough it seems. We lifted it and looked but kind of thinking she'd come out when it moved and she didn't.<br><br>
Good luck finding your kitty.
 

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Our cats usually took a day or three to start coming out in the open when we could see them. I knew they were still there because the food level in the bowl would mysteriously drop when I wasn't in the room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Some favorite hiding places: *inside* the couch (especially older couches with a little sag in the bottom, letting a kitty rip through that lower lining and climb up), the black hole under the bed (where you look 3 times and never see them but somehow they're there), behind the water heater. . . .<br><br>
Congrats on your newest family member!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She was confined but thanks to a very determined 4 y/o.....well we all know what happened next <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
She has got to be in the basement...we have gone from room to room and she is just not upstairs. I put some food on this side of the basement door and locked the cat door so she can come up but not go back down. Hopefully she'll come up during the night and I'll have an update in the morning.<br><br>
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i hope you already found her. but just in case, I wanted to suggest looking IN the bed's box springs. we had the same thing happen and looked all over the place for hours. i had already looked under the beds several times before my flashlight caught the reflection of her eye--she had gotten up in th ebox spring through a little hole in the fabric.<br><br>
good luck!
 

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One of our kitties gets up on top of the furnace ducts in the basement. I don't know how.<br>
One remained successfully hidden under our bed for a whole day even though I looked under there several times. Finally we moved the bed out and there she was.<br><br>
I hope your cat comes out soon. Maybe get some really stinky cat food?
 

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Oh, yes, inside the couch is ALWAYS a favorite kitty hiding spot!
 

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Yep *inside* furniture and beds, all animals love that.<br><br>
In his book "All my patients are under the Bed" a vet described a cat who could completely disappear in a closed room when he came to visit, and for all the cats life AND for years after the cat died, the family conducted repeat searches, and never found any spot in the room that explained the disappearance. It was just like a black hole swallowed up the kitty on cue. He said it was truly baffling, and that cats have a genius for disappearing.<br><br>
I have a rabbit btw who managed to get herself inside the oven!! She crawled in from the back and landed in the tray drawer under it. Scary!<br><br>
It's possible the cat is not in the basement. The same vet described finding a cat perched on the inside edge of a closet door jamb. They will hide in the craziest places!!
 

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Well, last night I put her food in the basement and this morning it's almost gone. I did leave the door open so she COULD be up here now....I'd rather she be lost/hiding up here than down there!<br><br>
We did check the boxsprings.....funny thing, when I was a teen we had a pg mama cat who crawled into the box springs and had her kittens!<br><br>
I'm going to give it a few more days and then I may think about getting a cat trap and some stinky kitty food.
 

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Well that's a relief, at least you know she's there! Thanks for the update!
 
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