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Jul 11, 2010 - 64 comments

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Mousey Tongue is missing.  I got this kitty when he was barely 4 weeks old from the local shelter. He was so sick and covered with fleas.  Weighing barely 1/2 pound, he was on the edge of death.  My vet was not optimistic.  But we gave him shots and medicines for his eyes and infections.  I feed him through a baby medicine dispenser.  He was so tiny we had to put him in a towel to hold him.   Within 3 days of feeding him around the clock, he started coming around.  His first act upon walking around was to bite my other kitty Socks on the tail while she was eating.  I thought Oh NO!  But Socks just looked back at him and came over to clean him.  Loved each other until Sock's death at age 15.

He has grown into a beautiful long haired cat that my vet believes to be a Maine Coon.  Yes, he is a big boy!.  And I love him so.  He comes to me every night for his brushing and petting session.  And drools all over me.  He sleeps in bed with me usually by my head.  He's my baby.

My whole family is highly distressed and I am turning into a basket case.  We haven't seen him since Thursday or Friday, depending on whom I ask.  But when the storm came Saturday and he didn't show up, I knew something was wrong.  He is scared of storms.  He either gets in my lap if I'm home and under my bed or covers if I'm not.  I'm so afraid I'll never see him again.  I'm a chronic Pain patient and getting out of the house is a bit difficult.  So my pets have become my home "friends"".  My MH friends are also very precious to me.  I have a tendency towards fierce loyalty to all my friends.  And maybe sometimes I care too much.

If you live in the Denton Texas area please let me know if you've seen my baby.  He means so much to me.  He is micro-chipped and I've sent that company a report and so they are on the lookout.  I've also posted on Petfinder and Craig's list.   I will look at the pound tomorrow.  If he's not there, I'll put an ad in the paper.  There's not a collar made he can't wiggle out of.  Can anyone think of any other resources?  I'm open to any suggestions, no matter how off the wall they may seem.  And please, even if I'm not one of your favorite people, keep ugly remarks to yourself.

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by specialmom, Jul 11, 2010
Oh no oh no oh no!!  I'm so sorry Sarah.  

My first baby, my dog Triskits ran away when my first born was 4 months old.  She did not "run away" but I like to think she got carried away with exploring and then got lost.  Anyway, your post brings back that desperate feeling I had.  My heart was broken and I had to find her!!

What we did was I got a picture out and went to kinkos (ours is open 24 hours and you may be able to do this from home if you have the right equipment).  I made a flyer with a color copy of that picture and then my husband and I hit the streets.  We stapled that flyer into anything wooden we could see and tacked or taped it anywhere else.  I think we put up about 100.  We got a call Sarah.  My dog had gone about a mile away and was in some woods and someone saw her from a distance and had seen my flyer and they called.  We went into those woods and my poor baby had been gone so long and was very old at the time and dehydrated-------- she didn't come right away.  My husband saved the day and really is my knight in shining armor because he tracked her and caught her after a couple of hours.  He got big kisses . . . right after I made sure my dog was okay and she got her big kisses.

That couple sat by our car and watched our 4 month old son while we were in the woods trying to get Triskits and my husband came out of it scraped, bruised and dirty---------- digging in his pocket and gave that couple every cent he had.  They didn't want money from us------- had only wanted to help and were happy to see us reunited with our pet.

I tell you this in great detail because people are willing to help.  Get some signs out as quickly as possible.  

I wish I lived in Denton as I'd come help you look.  I'll say a prayer that Mousey Tongue (love that funny name) comes home soon.  You hang in there!

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by specialmom, Jul 11, 2010
And see if shelters in your area and the local newpaper has a online system to post a lost pet.  

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by opus88, Jul 11, 2010
Oh Sara I am so sad for you, this is such a distressing event when we loose someone we care very much about.....I know what you must be going through.
My pets go out in the back yard with me and while on a lease, yet the other day while I had my back turned weeding the garden my Sami slipped out of his harness and jumped onto the fence with the intent of jumping over..he too is a very large cat.....I too am a CP person and can't move very fast, all I could think of was 'I'll never get to him on time' and I was in a panic as I rushed the few feet to the fence, thankfully I DID reach him ontime before he jumped over, my heart is still beating quickly just thinking about it.....I could NOT have run and chased him around the neighborhood to catch him and I would have been heartbroken. Sami has never been out of my yard and has no street sense, I really don't know if he would have found his way home.
I have no suggestions for you,other than to ask if you have put up photo's of him on leaflets around your area?...  you are doing all the right things, I just wanted to post and send you some hugs and prayers that you and Mousey will soon be united.♥

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by April2, Jul 11, 2010
Sarah, I'm so sorry to hear your kitty is missing. :( I don't live in Texas but I'll be praying he finds his way home or that you will find him soon! Prayers and blessings!

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by penswriter, Jul 11, 2010
I am so sorry! I know what it's like to raise an on the verge of death kitty. My family's cat (who is also a main coon) was 2 weeks old when we got her. She was the runt, rejected by her mother with a tick on her leg. Her vet also told us there was no use in trying to just put her down but I didn't listen. We got her medication, antibiotics and an iv. I was 5 months pregnant and up every 2 hours to feed her and get her to potty. She's now over 2 years old, 15 lbs and my big beautiful baby. And the only one left of her litter. (the people who had her mother and siblings are...well not good people)

Try craigslist. It's a long shot but if you post her picture and that she's lost someone may see it and have seen her. Contact all your local shelters, send them pictures/flyers of her and even place an add in the local paper. Don't give up! She might have just gone out for an adventure. Our girl Venus has done that before. Scares me to death but within a few hours she always comes back.

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by specialmom, Jul 11, 2010
Oh yeesh, see now that you have a flyer made.  Missed that.  Put it EVERYWHERE.  Also call local vets offices.  

I have a neighbor that found someone's cat and she connected with the owner when seeing their ad in the paper.  In our city it is free to post these ads and they are both in the paper and on line.  

I wish you luck in your search and may kitty come home soon.

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by adgal, Jul 11, 2010
Oh I am so sorry.  I am an animal lover too and my two kitties are almost like my children.  I wish I could do something to help.  I hope and pray your beloved kitty is found safe and sound.  I am so so very sorry she is missing.  

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by Sarajmt, Jul 11, 2010
Thank you all so much for posting.  We've already posted flyers around the neighborhood and are in the process of posting them in local stores.  The company that monitors her chip has been notified and they've sent email to all pet resources within a 25 mile radius.  I've posted on Petfinder and Craig's List.   I'll check the pound tomorrow but he is chipped.  But I will check anyway.  If he's not there I'll put an ad in the paper with his picture.  My biggest fear is that someone saw him and decided to keep him.  Or that he got sick and crawled under a bush somewhere.  He's done that before and one of the neighbors found him.  We had to run him to the emergency vet clinic.  It was a Sunday and our vet was closed.  We never did find out what was wrong with him.  No one could diagnose it??  So I fear he may have done that again.  The kids have been out with flashlights looking around under bushes.  I hope the neighbors don't call the police!!  And think they're peeping toms or burglars!!  

Thank you so much.  Your support means a lot to me.  This is just extremely upsetting for me.  I wish we had an Amber alert system!  He weighs enough to qualify.

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by margypops, Jul 11, 2010
I hope all is well and kitty is found safe ,I think he will be okay .... marg

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by zodiacqueen, Jul 12, 2010
Hi, try calling ALL vet offices within a 10 mile radius and putting up the fliers there.  At my vet office, there are always a few fliers from people looking for lost pets.

Fingers crossed that kitty comes home safe and sound!

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by ginger899, Jul 12, 2010
Put up those flyers and post them wherever you can!!
I found a lost dog once. I grabbed him, put a leash on him, and made a bed for him in the back of my car. He then came with me all day. I dashed back home, got a large-ish quantity of flyers, written in bright colours, and BIG.And I went out all afternoon, finding things to stick them to!
That dog had a nice day with me and my dog. He came with us on our walks. I gave him kibble and water.
About 6 that evening I got a frantic call from that dog's mom!  She had seen umpteen of the flyers I posted, with my telephone number on. And by six thirty, he was back home again! It made me so happy.

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by Jaybay, Jul 12, 2010
Don't you love it when that happens ginger?!  I had a few of the same experiences myself and just love a happy ending.  One of the best ones was with a crazy min pin who was running around in a busy intersection at the entrance to our subdivision a few years ago.  DH stopped his truck and traffic; chased him around the intersection; and finally got him in the truck.  He was a cool dog, but the energy level was unbelievable!  Our two dogs couldn't keep up with him for the one night he was with is and just stared at him as he bounced off the furniture, walls, bed...  LOL!  

I did the flyer thing too, and when they were all distributed got the bright idea to walk the dog that morning in the area that he was found.  Sure enough, I found the owners on the 8th or 9th house.  Turned out he belonged to this woman's son who was in the process of a nasty divorce and neither marital partner could keep him.  The mom couldn't keep up with the dog's needs and was at her wits end with the constant breakouts.  Even better, my neighbor's parents had lost a very old, beloved Boston bull terrier and were on the lookout for another dog.  I mentioned it to my neighbor, who talked to her parents, who immediately jumped on it, and picked the min pin up the next day much to the relief of all parties.  How's that for serendipity?!

Sara, are you able to go door-knocking today?  Since your poor kitty has disappeared and holed up in the past, at least you have an idea of the kind of hidey-holes he likes.  I'm sure you've checked your own place inside-out, but it never hurts to keep checking in case he's tried to come back.  You are both in my prayers, and I imagine your pain levels are spiking like crazy about now.  I so wish I could help in the search!

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by peggy64, Jul 12, 2010
Keep us posted.

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by margypops, Jul 12, 2010
Has anyone heard from sara ?

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by Sarajmt, Jul 12, 2010
Nothing yet.  I'm going to the shelter in just a minute.  I did call them and they said they didn't have any cats of that description but I want to double check

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by LindaTX, Jul 12, 2010
Sara, i have relatives in the area and I just put the word out on FB.  I'm sure he'll turn up....it sounds like a lot of people are looking for him.  Good Luck!

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by ginger899, Jul 12, 2010
I do hope you find him Sara. It is such a worry.
There is always hope. Don't give up.
That's a brilliant idea, to go and knock on doors, and ask if they have seen your cat. Take photos with you. If no-one's in, post the photos through the door with your telephone number. Sometimes cats can get shut in garages, etc. If people know a cat is missing they will check their garages and sheds.

A lady who lives a quarter mile from me lost her cat the other week. It's never gone missing, always sticks close to home. Well, the lady was distraught! She imagined the saddest things. 5 days later the cat came back!! It was tired and a bit scared, but wasn't starving (must have found some grub) and was OK, though it clung to her a bit afterwards.
She has no idea what happened, thinks it got scared of some huge trucks doing building work, transporting for the famer nearby...

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by Sarajmt, Jul 12, 2010
Thank you all so much.  I cannot tell you how I feel about having so many people caring enough to post.  I feel proud and humble at the same time.  I don't know if that makes sense but that's how I feel.  I've posted a poster from the microchip company on my profile. I checked my shelter today.  Not there but left a poster there.  They'd already been notified.  I've done everything I can thing of.  Posters in all store windows.  My neighborhood watch director has alerted and emailed the posters to everyone in our neighborhood.  Posters on every telephone pole in the area.  I'm going around personally to the local vets to give them a poster.  In case someone brings him in.  HomeAgain automatically notifies every vet, rescue, shelter and other pet savers.  Ads in Craig's List and Petfinder and 2 in the local paper, one in the Lost section and one in the pets section with pix.  I don't know what else to do.  Oh, and I gave the mailman one just in case he spots him.  Any other suggestions are welcome!

Thank you for all your suggestions and support.  They really do mean a lot to me.  I just miss the baby so much!  I am trying to be optimistic but I fear someone saw him and thought, oh, what a cute kitty!  Lets take him home!  That is one of my worst nightmares.  If he could get home, he would.  He didn't run away because  I made him use his kitty box!  He's so close to me I know he'd be home if he could.  My other kitty is so upset.  She is still a kitten.  She misses him and is now hanging around close to me.  She's my daughter's cat but she seems to be clinging to me right now.  I don't know why.

Thank you all again!!  May God bless each and every one of you.
Sara


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by specialmom, Jul 12, 2010
Maybe your other cat is clinging to you because she senses your sadness.  She wants to comfort you.  May your kitty come home soon Sara.  You've done everything you can and been a very loyal "mama".  Let's keep the faith that kitty will find you and that you will go back to your routine with him soon.  Peace to you.

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by Sarajmt, Jul 13, 2010
Thank you everyone.  It's heartwarming to know have so many people make suggestions and offer support.  Thank you.

I've think I've done just about everything I can do.  The microchip company contacted all shelters, vets and rescues within a 25 mile radius.  I've put up flyers on every blank space in town.  And now I'm totally exhausted.  Not enough sleep and too stressed out.  Pain levels through the rood.  I need some rest.

I'll be faxing and emailing flyers to every vet and shelter that may not have already received one. I may have to do this tomorrow.  I'll lay down a while and maybe get up and start that.  I can't quit until he's home or I know I've done everything I can.

God Bless you all.  Thank you again.

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by ginger899, Jul 13, 2010
Well if someone's taken him in it's only a matter of time before they will have to take him to the vet (for something as routine as flea control, worming etc.) and that microchip will link him straight back to you! So keep up the good work. But do sleep and make sure you get some rest times as well, because you don't want to make yourself so sick you can't do anything.
Good luck, and God bless.

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by Sarajmt, Jul 14, 2010
There was a a sighting reported this morning.  It was a business not far from my home.  There is a heavily wooded area right behind the business.  We jumped out of bed and went up there immediately.  But no luck.   The lady who was kind enough to call it in told us that there are a lot of cats who hang around there around 6:30 in the mornings.  I'll go back in the morning with his favorite treats and his brush.  Maybe if he hears the treats being shaken and hears me saying "brush brush?" , he'll come to me..  I hope so.

I don't even know if this is Mousey.  But I have to try.  If someone is feeding him, I don't know.  He does have "food bowl anxiety attacks".  He usually just runs up to it several times a day, not to eat, but to make sure it's full and he can't see the bottom.. (Cats don't like their whiskers touching the sides of the bowl.)  I hear all about it if there's a problem.  I'm VERY cautiously optimistic but certainly not going to stop looking. Fortunately Mousey is current on all shots and just got his monthly flea and tick treatment 2 days before he disappeared.  But he sure will be matted!

And I did get a rather disturbing phone call yesterday. Another lady 2 blocks over has a cat missing as well.  She also told me that several people she know in our immediate vicinity have had cats missing and never found.  She said it started about 2 months ago.  No one has looked into this.  When my present situation is resolved, I'm going to try to get more information from these people to see if there's a pattern.  Poor lady also had someone come into her yard and poison her black Lab.  Her dog stays in the house but does go out in his fence back yard.  This just happened a month ago.  I am hoping we don't have a neighborhood animal torturer or killer!  Or a hoarder or someone who sells them for "research".  Medical, ok.  Cosmetics?  NO NO NO  Medical researchers don't want neutered cats, thank goodness.

Mousey Tongue didn't get his name for his hunting prowess.  Actually, he's not much of a hunter.  Which in the case of lizards, toads and birds makes me very happy.  But he could up his game on rodents!    His name comes from the fact that I think all cats make wonderful evil dictators.  He is named after the infamous Chinese dictator Mao Tse-Tung or Mao Zedong depending on how you spell it..   We almost named the kitten Hitler or Stalin but I thought that people would really get the wrong impression.  I'm neither a fascist socialist Nazi or a Communist!  And I sure don't want others to think I am!  We named her Smitten. In honor of another kitty named Smutty whom I raised from a kitten to age 17.  When he was young I called him Smitten (a smutty kitten).  And she likes it!  She jumped in my lap the first time I called her that.  Sorry for rambling.  I meant to get some sleep this morning as I am exhausted but when the phone rang and I got the call, I sprang into action.  Too much adrenalin.

Thank you all for your help.. I truly appreciate all the support, suggestions and help.  God Bless.

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by margypops, Jul 14, 2010
awwww sar I was hoping we'd hear he'd returned like you I would keep looking, I was very interested in your story of the cat bowl...and this cat I have is a big time predator I think he had to hunt for food before he came to us ...keep thinking positively as I know you will ..  I like your names ...although have to admit it may have caused a furor if you had to run around calling Hitler ...or Stalin ...or Mau Tse Tung .... I had a large Black poodle once upon a time he was always buzzing off, I would run around calling ; Amor' Amor''   that was his name .Amor'    french for Love ....lol many men gave me a strange look ...

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by Sarajmt, Jul 16, 2010
I'm must hurry.  on dh computer  her doesn't. know.  Does not look good for Mousey.  Many cats have suddunly disappeared from my Neighborhoee.  I know we have foxes, raccoons and now 2 people have sworn they have seen wolves.  I don't know about wolves.  Coyotes maybe.  But we live in the middle of town and have been there more that 40 year.  The neighborhood I mean.  I have seen deer.  We all have large wooded lots.  Not looking good.

When I fix my conputer I'll be back on.  Thank you all.  I just hope no one is taking them to turture or dissect them.  15 in 6 months.  We are all getting to gether to decide what to do and how to proceend.
Sara

Don't tell me to forget about it.  Our cats have suddenly all started disappearing in the last 6 months.  Few disappearances before then.  Even a polica detective is  on board.

I am tired depressed and now somehow my 2 virus scanners didn't recognize a virus.  Trying to recover system

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by margypops, Jul 16, 2010
I am sorry and I wouldnt dream of telling you to forget about it, I would say find out whats going on more cats will disappear and more folks go through what you are goiing through...Good Luck Sara ...

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by Sarajmt, Jul 16, 2010
thank you Margy!  I really want to get to the bottom of this.  I refuse to lose a  beloved family member and just say Oh Well.  Lots of city officials live here and I used to carpool with the mayor.  I will something done.  I don't know what yet but something,  Within 2 days of inquiring, I found all these missing cats.  Unbelievable,  Nobody but another lady and I wondered what was going on,  Amazing.  So  we are forming our action committee.  

May need to reinstall Windows,  I will save what I can and rebuild the rest,  Why the firewalls and spyware and virus ware didn't pick it up,  GRRRRRR   My fault I went to a website without checking out the address bar.  Stupid.  

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by Sarajmt, Jul 17, 2010
I am pretty sure he's dead.  There is just no way all these cats have gone missing and not come back that I have any more hope.  I am trying to accept it,   I just cannot quit crying.  Either a wild animal ate him or he's been sold for research purposes,  But I will make all efforts I and another group of people including a police detective can make.  This must not happen again to anyone else in the neighbor hood,  If there is a cat grabbing ring, I'll see them prosecuted.  I have to

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by margypops, Jul 17, 2010
I know how you feel,you are grieving so its okay to let that happen , I think its a good thing that a few of you are getting an investigation going thats what I would do, as other cats will get nabbed if it is that ...will you go for another when you feel ready .?

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by specialmom, Jul 17, 2010
Oh, I am just very very sorry Sara.  I know your heart hurts.  We give the best life we can to our pets and you took such excellent care of Mousey Tongue.  He'll always know how much you love him.  I'm sure this feels like a bad dream.  Try to rest and be gentle and kind to yourself.  Again, I'm so sorry. (ps:  if some jerk o maniac has stolen your cat and others, may they be found and given what they deserve.)

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by JadedSweetheart, Jul 17, 2010
I'm so sorry you're going through this.  I have a big fluffy cat with a tyrannical name, too.  Madame Fluffyrunkz is a ragdoll.
There's a possibility you may have a cat hoarder in the neighborhood.  You know those old ladies who feed all the local cats and keep them in their house?  Maybe the detective can go door to door and see if this is happening.  
The thing about the wolves or coyotes is a possibility as well.  I have heard of them getting into more urban situations.
I will pray that Mousey Tongue will be okay and come home soon.  I do understand the grieving, though.  Sometimes it's neccessary sooner than later just-in-case.  
I am proud of you for starting the action-committee to make sure the neighborhood animals are safe.  Our pets are our babies and I'm so sorry for what you're going through.

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by Going2WinN2010, Jul 18, 2010
I finished reading  all the post and was hoping to get to the one from you  just posted 22 hours ago and It would say "found'! I am just so so sad....I have my baby, Chester,  who is my profile picture.... he was a 4 week old dumped off in my neighborhood 10 years ago Thank goodness I was out jogging that morning, bent down and he was so loud the most vocal kitten I've ever heard. I thought he lived at that house so I assumed they wouldn't want a kitten outside under a car tire of all places...of course he didn't belong to them..I looked down and he was at my feet looking  up at me with a look I'll never forget..I started walking slowly and he kept up with me 6 blocks to my house around the back to my screened in patio. To this day I believe he was meant to be MY cat because the love we have recieved from him is almost like a daily dose of graditude. I can so  feel your pain and I am so very sorry.
I will pray for you and your heart to heal...we all do
Kim in Orlando, Fl.

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by margypops, Jul 18, 2010
That was a great heart warming story , Going2Win     I too keep hoping when I get up and turn the PC on I will see a big message from Sara saying "hes back ' it is indeed a good thing to get people involved in stopping what is happening to the pets , I say pets, have dogs gone missing aswell Sara or is it only cats ?

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by Sarajmt, Jul 18, 2010
Thamk you.  It's dogs and cats.  Dogs taken out of yards.  One lady's gate had a padlock on it and someome took him in broad daylight.  Broke the lock.  Not a purebred,  Just a dog.

Mousey has never left before.  BUT we did get a sighting this morning about 3 blocks from here.  I hope he hasn't decided to divorce us!  We are printing more posters now to plaster that street.  I thought we got it but I gruess we forgot.  We'be put up over 50 posters so far.  Fingers crossed!!

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by margypops, Jul 18, 2010
OMG  then Sara it is worse than it seems someone must have a vendetta against pets .what about the media ,thing is though if you involve them the word is out and the perps may go underground for a while ...whooooo I hope it was a sighting it just makes you feel hopeful ,go and knock on their doors ...

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by LindaTX, Jul 18, 2010
I pray he's been spotted and you are on your way to get him right now.  Remember, I told you about our Big Tom who went missing for 3 weeks and then showed up one morning at our front door.  You just never know.  Try not to give up hope.  All our fingers are crossed...

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by April2, Jul 18, 2010
If there's still sightings out there then there's still hope! I don't think he was taken, just running scared. It would be much more difficult for someone to pick up a cat than a dog. They are good runners and can hide in the smallest of places, or climb pretty high.
Make sure you're checking things like drainage ditches and under porches. Cats like to hide in small, dark places.

Don't give up hope! I pray you find him  soon!

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by ginger899, Jul 18, 2010
It is just possible that something really scared him. The reason I say that is the lady who lives near me lost her cat a few weeks ago, and when she gave me his photograph, I just couldn't believe it when, as I was walking home, I caught sight of a cat that looked exactly like him!! (Same markings, and same two-tone tail, etc) He ran away pretty quick when I called his name, but I have a very deep voice, and I was wondering if maybe he didn't like that.....
Anyway I ran back to the lady's house, told her what I'd seen, and she came quickly to the field where I'd seen him hiding in bushes. She called him (much sweeter higher voice lol!) -but still he didn't turn up. She actually caught sight then of the cat in the distance, was so sure it was him, so called out to him......but he ran away!!

She said he would never have done that! Well, I was sure it was her cat, and she thought he was too. But couldn't understand why he hadn't come when she'd called his name.

As I said, he DID come back again, 5 days later. He was very frightened and tired, but OK. We both thought something had really freaked him and made him behave unusually. I blamed the mega-huge trucks a contractor was using for doing building work for the neighbouring farmer.
What I'm saying is perhaps when a cat is unusually scared by something it may behave in a weird way. So even if you called him, he may still be scared, and that might take some time to pass.

I hope he turns up. It is such a horrible worry, to imagine what might have happened. But people stealing pets (for money? For research labs?) would find it a lot harder to catch a cat than a dog.

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by Sarajmt, Jul 19, 2010
Thank you.  I hope he does. I was told he was seen right in front of  a particular house.  I left a flyer on the door asking them to call me.  I knew someone was home but they wouldn't come to the door.  I went back later.  and the flyer was down and cars were in the drive.  No answer to the door and no call.  I will go back today.  If they won't talk to me I think it is a little strange.  Actually it makes me suspicious.

On a lighter note.  I found a pretty gray kitty.  I'd been feeding her and I'd put an ad in the paper.  Her owner came to get her.  I was so glad to reunite them.

Thank you again everyone!

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by margypops, Jul 20, 2010
It does send a red flag up ,why wouldnt they answer the door , maybe just nasty types who knows, worth watching though as you say ,strange behavior most have empathy..that was happy that the kitty you were feeding was found ...

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by ginger899, Jul 20, 2010
Maybe they've cat-napped him.......

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by Sarajmt, Jul 20, 2010
I think I'll change my ad and say he needs special meds.  expensive meds but not for what.  Ask if you do have him to please take him to the vet and let them know you found the cat and don't his history.  Any exam would show the chip.  You can feel it.  And vets always do a physical.

How does that sound???

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by ginger899, Jul 20, 2010
I don't know how you are for cash....but you could offer a reward?

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by namnam46, Jul 20, 2010
Sara,

That sounds PERFECT!!!

(((HUGS!!)))....Mama Sherry

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by Sarajmt, Jul 20, 2010
Actually rather strapped but I've put a reward in the ad.  I'll give them $25.  Not much but about the best I can do at this time.

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by JadedSweetheart, Jul 21, 2010
I like the med idea.  I saw a thing about animal hoarders on the news.  They really think they are doing the right thing for all the animals by taking them in.  Posting about the cat needing meds would help someone to see that he needs to be taken in.  
I also think that house sounds suspicious.  I would definetly let the detective on the case know about that right away.

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by Sarajmt, Jul 23, 2010
I put the medical ad in the newspaper.  I don't know if it will help.  I feel sure that those people have my cat but I can't prove it other than a couple of reports from the microchip company.  I went back to the shelter and my flyer was still up.  But after this, I think I'm going to have to accept that he;s gone.  I just hope someone is taking good care of him.

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by margypops, Jul 23, 2010
well I say spy on them when they are out go and call to mousey, and peek in the windows.If you think he is there confront them , go back and knock till they answer, wait to catch them out in the road or drive .

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by Sarajmt, Jul 25, 2010

My search has sadly come to an end.  I just found out that a bobcat (I didn't know we had bobcats here!) had gotten him and another cat with whom I know he was friends.   I've seen them hop the fence together in search of adventure. The white cat lived behind me.  They never strayed.  You could always find them.  I guess I have the sad unwanted duty of telling his owner what happened to him.  

The white cat was mauled and dead.  The other cat found with him was so badly eaten, it was impossible to be able to identify him.  Head was gone and about all that was left were bones and a few entrails.  Maybe it wasn't Mousey but I think it is.  A lady called me who lives on my  street but a couple of blocks over found them  a couple of days ago.  Her cat is missing as well.

I feel like a murderer. I really let him down. I had no idea that we had bobcats in the neighborhood until today.  And I only found out about the coyotes a week or so ago.  I was aware of the raccoons (one likes to get on my roof.  Sounds like the British army is marching across.) but I had no idea of the coyotes and bobcats when I let Mousey out. Had I known the only way he would have gotten out is on a leash!  I will never let another cat out.  If only Animal Control had let me know.  Apparently they have known about these for a while but have taken no action.  Killing pets is bad enough but a bobcat can easily kill a human.  I wonder if that is what they were waiting on.

I've already located the kitten I want.  I'm going in to adopt him first thing Monday morning.  If I get him, I'll post his picture.  Wish me luck.  But with a little kitten to care for, I think I'll feel much better.  I'm getting him from the pound so AFTER I get him, they are getting a good piece of my mind.  Not letting us knowing about these bobcats and coyotes is inexcusable.  In the airlines we called stuff like this "regulation by death".  Inexcusable.

So wish me luck getting my new baby!

Sara

PS  That cat will never put ONE PAW across the threshold.  INSIDE ONLY!!

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by Jade59, Jul 25, 2010
Oh Sara, I'm so deeply sorry for you.  I've been hoping and praying you would find your Mousie.  Please don't blame yourself, Sara.  You said so yourself - you had no idea a bobcat was around and only recently found out about the coyotes.  This is not your fault.  

I will be excited to see a picture of your new kitten.  Baby will be so lucky to have you.

RIP, Mousie Tongue.

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by Sarajmt, Jul 25, 2010
Thank you Jade.  That's very sweet of you.  I am hoping the new kitten dries my tears.  He'll never take Mousey's palce in my heart but will make his own.  So now I have 2 cats who remain in my heart.  My favorite Smutty and now Mousey.  Both wonderful cats in their own right.  At least I know how Smutty died.  I had to put him to sleep because of inoperable cancer at age 17.  That hurt for a long time.  And Mousey is the one who got me over Smutty.

I will post his picture if I'm able to get the kitten I want.  He is young and needs special care.  I've got experience in that area so it will definitely take up my mind.

Thank you again.

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by penswriter, Jul 25, 2010
I'm so so so sorry for your loss!!!

Don't blame yourself! You didn't know there were bobcats around. There was no way you could have known what would have happened. It will take time. Loosing a fur baby is always hard. I still remember all the kitties I've had. They may not be with you physically but they're looking down and thanking you for a wonderful life.

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by opus88, Jul 25, 2010
Oh Sara thats so sad, I had big hopes that against all odds Mousey would be found....I truly hope caring for a new kitty that desperately needs you will bring you some comfort....good for you!


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by Dazon50, Jul 25, 2010
Sara, I am sorry to hear that there wasn't a happy ending for Mousey T.  He didn't die being an "unloved" cat.  It wasn't your fault.  He wanted to explore and he died with some freedom.  In the language of a movie I watched a long time ago..."he died with his boots on".

The new kitten will have a loving home and you will have a cute little fur ball that will find itself a permanent home in your heart :-)

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by Sarajmt, Jul 25, 2010

Thank you!  You and I both. I will speak to the animal control people about these vicious predators in our neighborhood.. We should have been warned.  No wonder so many cats and small dogs are missing.

This does not excuse the fact I allowed him outside unattended.   As he have large lots and lots of trees, when construction anywhere near here starts, we get vermin.  We use the kitties as natural rodent control.  Almost all of us allow our cats out.  Not anymore for me!  I've learned a painful lesson.

I'd like to thank everyone for all their support.  It truly touched me deeply.
Sara

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by flmagi, Jul 25, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty.
Here in Florida, we have many Bobcats, even in well populated areas. I've never heard of one attacking a human, but small domestic animals can certainly be in danger if they cross the Bobcat's path. If you're having a problem in your area, here is a site that gives some good info on dealing with them. It's from Arizona, but the info would apply to anywhere they are found.
Again, I'm so sorry about your kitty. Loosing one of our furry family members is always so hard.

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by flmagi, Jul 25, 2010
Oops, here's the site.....
http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/urban_bobcat.shtml

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by ginger899, Jul 25, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about your Mousey. It's so sad. All I can do is send you all my best wishes, and condolences.

Your new kitty WILL help heal your heart. They always do. Good luck with your little one. God bless.

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by margypops, Jul 25, 2010
Sorry to hear about the Kitty , was there a sighting on the bob cat then ?  It will be nice to get another Kitty, I let my cat outside aswell, she would rather take her chances than be inside forever ,they go mad trying to get out ,.Your mousey had a good life ...

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by aheart, Jul 25, 2010
R.I.P. Mousey Tongue, blessing and comfort sent to you, I'm sorry for your loss.

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by specialmom, Jul 25, 2010
I too am very sorry to hear this.  Poor Mousey Tongue and poor Sara.  Love on your new kitten and know that you never let Mousey Tongue down-------- you loved him until the very end and always will.  That is a good cat Mama-------- the best kind!  I'll say a prayer for your heart.  Blessings and bonding to you and your new kitty.

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by JadedSweetheart, Jul 25, 2010
I'm so sorry that this ended this way.  I'm very sorry for your loss.  I have had a few cats in my life who have departed this world and it is always very saddening.  If there is any good in this it is, like the others have said, that you loved him and he knew he was loved.  He had a good life and enjoyed it to the fullest.  It's so hard to find out something like this, but in a way it's better to have the closure.  The new kitten will be very blessed to have you as a cat Mommy.

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by April2, Jul 25, 2010
Sara, I'm so sorry to hear this. I was so hoping for a happier outcome. :( At least you know he's crossed over the Rainbow bridge now and is playing with the angels and other kitties. I do believe God's creatures go to heaven, just as we do, because he loves his creatures too.

We have a lot of wildlife here too. We have mountain lions, bears, foxes, etc., especially the closer you live to the mountains. We've had mounain lions take off with small pets so they've encouraged people not to leave their dogs in their yards (especially small dogs). This is mostly for those who live up against the mountains but we get an occasional bear, dear, etc. who wander into the city. It's just better to be safe than sorry and keep the kitties inside. I pray this new kitten will bring some comfort and happiness to you. Kittens are so funny to watch when they play it's hard not to enjoy them. :) Enjoy your new kitty and post a picture when you can.
RIP Mousey Tongue. May you run in the beautiful meadows in heaven with your new friends. Go with God.

Peace and blessings,
April

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by Sarajmt, Jul 25, 2010
I'd like to thank you all for your ongoing support.  I really appreciate it.  Mousey would send you all an extra face rub.  I will post the new kitten when I get him.  I just hope he's still there when I get to the shelter!  I am hoping that he will help me get over Mousey.  He certainly won't take Mousey's place in my heart.  But will build his own place.  Mousey and his predecessor Smutty hold their own special place.

I am however not going to let Animal Control off the hook.  Not only have they known about the bobcats and the coyotes for more than a year without alerting the neighborhood, when they find a carcass obviously a pet, with collar and microchip, they make NO effort to alert the owner.  They don't scan for a microchip not do they check the collar.  They just throw them in the city dump.  Our committee has grown now to at least 10 active members and more people are signing our petition to change the way Animal Control handles wild animal alerts and found pet carcasses.  I WILL NOT let this go.  This has turned me into a bulldog with lipstick!!

I am pain most of the time but I will not allow the pain to slow me down on this.  I shall scream from the rooftops until something changes.

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by namnam46, Jul 25, 2010
I CAN'T wait for that PICTURE!!!!

Fortunately, we Mom's have PLENTY of Spaces in OUR Hearts!!!!

Sending you MUCH Love......Mama Sherry

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