Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | January 7, 2009

Catching the Cat Escapee

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If you are a “strictly indoor-cat” parent you should be prepared for the occasional dash to the door that most cats will attempt from time to time.  Even senior cats who have spent a lifetime indoors may fool you and seek a little fresh air adventure.  A door that is blown open, a hole in the window screen, a visitor that thinks your cat is allowed out – there are always unknowns that tempt the indoor kitty to venture out.  And sometimes cats that do get outside aren’t quite ready to be immediately returned to their indoor havens.  Thus, Second Chance Humane Society and I, in the interest of keeping cats from becoming lost, would like to introduce the following tips on capturing the evasive kitty.

Do not ever chase your escapee cat.  This will only serve in lengthening the time it takes for him to decide he is ready to come home.   Calmly walk after your venturing cat, calling him gently, and try to herd him back toward the house.  If this does not work, follow him until either you can reach out and grab him or he plants himself in an unreachable spot.  At least you will know where he is.  Some cats can be enticed out with yummy treats while others will simply decide the safety of the home is preferable and return to it.  Some may be too frightened to voluntarily come out from the safety of underneath the neighbor’s porch regardless of tempting treats and “cat calls”. 

If your cat does not return home you may have to resort to a humane trap.   Second Chance Humane Society lends these out and can instruct you on proper use of them.  It is important that you know how to correctly use the trap before attempting to engage it. 

At this point you also should initiate the communication chain that is described on the Second Chance Website’s Pet Services page under “Lost Pet Prevention”.  Getting the word out there about your cat at-large is critical to getting your cat safely home.  Posting recent photos and your contact information is also a step that has allowed many community members to return a cat to its home that has suddenly shown up at their front door seeking shelter.

Don’t take it personally if your cat tries to escape – it is part of their nature to want to be out in nature.  But being prepared, through microchipping your cat, providing him with a safety identification collar, and acting quickly if the situation does arise, is critical.

My name is Miranda, and I am looking for my home too – although I am hoping that it will be your home as my last one didn’t work out so well.  I was rescuted by Second Chance with my kittens in tow.  They have all been adopted out and I am hoping to find such a happy ending as well.  I have had “the surgery” so that I will not be a Momma again and am ready to instead be mothered by a loving forever family.  Come meet me today – my loving nature makes me highly qualified to enhance the love vibes in your home.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about  the SCHS Spay/Neuter Voucher , Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Questions for next week’s column can be sent to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.org

Photo by Real Life Photographs

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