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All our cats are orange and white.<br>
We have a cat named Muffin he is 5.5 years old.<br>
We lived in Australia when we adopted him, and we flew him all the way to Oregon with us were we live now. When we came to Oregon we adopted one other cat named Bailey he is 3.5 years old.<br>
About 6 months ago we took in my ex-sister-in-laws cat. She was sick of him and was going to drop him off anywhere she could but then decided she would call us to see if we could take him. We did. He is about 2 years old and we named him Aussie.<br><br>
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About 5 months ago Muffin disappeared. This was AFTER we brought in Aussie. We never saw them fight..but they are indoor/outdoor. We live on big lot with woods behind us. We have coyotes and other animals and thought maybe he got injured or something, or ate some mice bait from a neighbor. We had lost hope about a few month ago. But, about a month ago we saw a orange and white cat on the back of the property. We thought it was Bailey or Aussie. But, then we saw they were both in the house. And now a few times we have seen another orange and white cat. Then a few days ago I saw Bailey and Aussie running off a orange and white cat..I'm guessing it our muffin!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I went and talked to the neighbors and they said there has been a orange and white cat hanging around with the feral cats behind there home. She said he is friendly..which our muff was!<br><br>
I dont know how to get my cat back! Any input?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
I would like to some how get him back, then keep him indoors until all the cats are ok with eachother.
 

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You need to see if you can rent/borrow/purchase a live trap.<br><br>
Go to: <a href="http://alleycat.org/resources_care.html#3" target="_blank">http://alleycat.org/resources_care.html#3</a> to read up on how to trap cats.<br><br>
hopefully others who have more cat trapping experience will be along soon to help.<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
~Julia
 

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Well, you do run the risk of trapping the wrong cat, but all that means is letting the wrong one go, re-set the trap and try again.<br><br>
If you have a large feral population, you can see if you can start to TNR them or see if Alley Cat Allies has and resources listed for your area like established TNR groups that can help you.<br><br>
You also mentioned that your neighbor had commented on a friendly orange and white cat? Can you ask them the next time they see the cat if it's tame enough for them to pick up and bring inside and then give you a call to see if it's your guy?<br><br>
~Julia
 

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Personally, I'd go the trapping route. You don't know how the cat is going to react to being handled. I had a childhood friend who had "lost her cat" only to discover about a year later that it was living down the street (living off some of her neighbors who were feeding it). She went and made an effort to capture it by hand and got bit! Bit her through latex gloves no less<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:.
 
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