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My son's cat got out today. He is exclusively an indoor cat, but he snuck out when my son went to get a toy of his out of the car. He has been gone for at least 6 hours now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
*ETA* We spent the last two hours driving around looking for him and leaving our phone number with our neighbors.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Hope he comes home safely.
 

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I have indoor only cats as well, and they have all gotten out on the sly on more than one occasion....but, here is the good news, they all have made it back in one piece pretty fast. Sometimes it was a few hours, but I can remember a time or 2 when it was an overnight ordeal. I know how it feels to worry, especially the first time it happens, but I am betting you'll be hearing a hungry cat howling outside a door or window pretty soon.<br><br>
A trick I have used in the past was taking a can of wet food and walking around tapping the top of the tin with a fork while I called the missing cat/cats' name. It tended to work pretty well since wet food is kind of like a treat as my kitties get it only periodically.<br><br>
If your cat is declawed like some indoor ones tend to be, and there are dogs or other potentially harmful animals (ie raccoons, coyotes, owls and yes I said owls) in close proximity, you might want to get outside and really search actively because, a declawed cat is far more vulnerable as they lack claws to climb effectively or defend themselves. Hopefully though, none of this is the case.<br><br>
Oh one very important thing, when your kitty comes back, if he/she is not fully vaccinated or is due for any vaccine renewals, you should call your vet and ask if you need to bring kitty in as there may be exposure to feline disease issues to look at. If your cat shows any evidence of having been in a fight with another cat while out, definitely consult the vet. I know I try to always keep my 3 up to date with their shots, but I am guilty of sometimes getting lax in my effort because I guess I figure since they are "indoor only", they are not going to be exposed to other cats or sources of infection. Getting out however kind of constitutes a deal breaker here though and I consider myself lucky that so far none of my cats have contracted anything when they have broken out.<br><br>
Anyway, I hope that by the time you read this, all the above will be moot points because the situation resolved itself with a fast and happy ending...in fact I hope you don't end up even seeing this at all because instead you'll be too busy watching your son smiling with his kitty curled up in his lap. I really do hope that happens and am sending your cat "GET HOME NOW!!!" vibes and some positive ones for you while you wait <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/cat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cat">:
 

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Still no sign of him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Something else is bugging me too. For the most part, everyone we talked to was SO NICE. My son went door to door while I followed in the car writing our kitty's info and our phone number down for him to stuff in mailboxes... Then this one lady turned him away at the door and refused to take the paper with our phone number on it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: WTF is up with that??
 

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Hmm... that lady is weird. I would keep an eye out on her house (like in the windows and such).<br><br>
But having said that, having grown up with indoor only cats, I have to say that EVERY single time one of them got out they found the nearest quiet place and hid. Once they get out, they get scared really easy and just hide. My cat, Zuki, is an escape artist, but why I have no idea. She's such a chicken, because she hides under our deck. The first time she got out she was gone all day long, and right before DH and I went to bed she was looking through the living room window and meowing to come back in.<br><br>
So my advice would be to look in the obvious places near your house, because indoor kitties don't usually have the guts to get far from home. Under a deck, in the wood pile, recycling bins, etc.<br><br>
I hope she turns up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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He just came home. He looks fine... no signs of fighting or anything. I am SO relieved. I live on Main Street and these big logging trucks barrel by all day long. Charlie is NOT all that car-aware.<br><br>
Let me just add that I am SO PROUD of my little son for how he handled this. He walked door to door and talked to people and left our phone number and kept it up for nearly two hours.
 

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I'm so glad he came home safe and sound! Sounds like you have a wonderful little boy there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Not to show favoritism among my three kitties, but Charlie IS the little cat with the huge purr box. I was worried. <3
 

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So glad to hear he came home! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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He got out again. This time, the front doors were shut all day. There is no way he got out that way. I suspect that he jumped out of the second story window in the kids' room. It was open a little bit from when my son was calling for him last night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I am more worried today than I was yesterday.
 

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Oh boy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Oh, no... poor little kitty. Quite an acrobat, though! And he came home on his own before, so he knows where you live and he seems to like ot there, so maybe he'll come back again tonight... fingers crossed!<br><br>
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He's home again. Came home TOTALLY FILTHY... which is especially visible, given his fluffy white fur. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Okay, little boy, STAY HOME!!!! You are scaring your humans - those kind souls that feed you and clean your poo box! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm glad to hear he made it back safely.
 

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Okay. He's hurt. He can walk okay, and he wasn't hurt enough to come home until after he'd had his fun (came home at the same time every time he's gotten out). He's trembling a little, could be because I gave him a bath and he's cold (?)... but he definately has a sore spot on his left side. What do I do??
 

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OH, NO! This happened to cat of mine once, and the end result was terribly sad. Call your vet right away, then tell us how things went. Please.
 

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I called the closest emergency vet, and he said that he is probably okay... just bruised OR he got in a fight with another cat. Told me to just keep an eye on him and make sure he's eating and drinking.
 

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Oh, good. What a relief.
 
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