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Lost Cat Returns at Christmas 7 Years Later Thanks to Microchip — 1 Comment

  1. This question is “do we allow our pet cat to follow their wild nature, even though they are domesticated?” And if they don’t return due to choice, or the many risks present to free roaming cats, we can feel pleased that we afforded them their natural traits?

    I think that cats and dogs rely on us for basics such as food, shelter, and life saving care. Cats are better at finding food, although some of it may be poisoned by a cat hating neighbor. But isn’t that part of the risk of being wild? We know that feral and outdoor cats don’t live as long as indoor only cats.

    Cats and dogs are like children, and don’t have the capacity or awareness to avoid subtle or hidden dangers, like moving vehicles, anti-freeze, poisonous plants, aggressive animals or people who would coax them in, then abuse in horrific ways.

    I remember talking to the director of a rescue organization while trying to capture two feral kittens. She said “They’re just like any other wild animal, and will survive or not.” I tried to see them as she described, but somehow I couldn’t wrap my mind around it.

    I’ve had indoor outdoor cats most of my life, and have never lost one. But these days, I feel more protective of my cat, Mitzy, even though she lived on the street as a feral from birth, for over a year.

    She’s micro-chipped, but doesn’t wear a collar. I keep her indoors though her preference would be outdoors. I do take her out with a cat jacket and leash. She has broken free twice, chasing another cat, out into the street. I watched as cars moved in both directions passing each other, and hoped she wouldn’t be hit. She escaped unharmed, although my stress level went up a few notches.

    Most times I actually let go of the leash, and let her roam freely, but I’m very close by and watchful. We stay out for 15-20 minutes, then I carry her back in. She doesn’t walk in willingly.

    I met a woman recently, and noticed that her cat was indoor outdoor, and she lived on a large property that was very close to a busy road. She admitted that her previous cats had died from being hit by a car, or killed by a predator. But she believes that it’s important to let cats be free.

    Maybe I’m too protective, but I don’t feel comfortable letting my cat be free. If I’d felt that way, I wouldn’t have rescued her from a life on the streets.

    I want to recommend a couple of books I just finished. On is “The House Ca~How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound.” I don’t agree with everything she says, like “dry food cleans their teeth”, but most of it makes good sense. The other book is “The Nine Emotional LIves of Cats~ A Journey into the Feline Heart.”

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