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Hi Karen,

I recently took my cat to the vet to treat an ear infection. She was in a lot of pain when they tried to clean her ear. When the vet was done and I was about to leave his office with my cat in my arms, my cat scratched me (and on reflex I let her go). We searched around the entire block. We looked under cars, we called for her, we asked people if they had seen a gray short haired cat, etc. We also gave them a contact number. My cat has no collar on her (we lost the last one she managed to get off, and haven't bought her a new one yet because we wanted to take care of her ear first), and no microchip. She has no distinctive features. I was hoping that she would return to the vet's place because she was there about a month ago to get spated, so she's familiar with the place. How likely is it that she will return to the vet's place, and how can I help find her?  Just FYI: I live about 5 minutes by car away from the vet's place - how likely is it that she can find her way back home? She's also an outdoor access cat, so it's more likely that she will be familiar with the area near my house.

Hi Karen,

This is a little hard to answer. I hope I will be able to help you. It is hard to predict what your cat might do. She may associate the vets with pain and may not stay around there. She may be around there but is frightened because of what happened. She may make her way back home. Some cats have a really good instinct to locate home. And you live nearby which is a plus. No matter what, you are going to have to be proactive and try to get her back at both areas. I am giving a link to an old expert here whose specialty was getting lost cats back home. Follow her suggestions at both areas. And any other area where you think she might be. I would also look up a few more answers from this expert and see what else she has to say. And I am giving a few more links from other sources to help. The more information you have the better your success rate. And don't lose hope. Cats have come back home 5 months after losing their people. You just have to keep up with what is needed to get her back.

Hope this helped. Good luck and take care.

Ciao, Karen  


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I can give advice on cat behavior. I can help about newborn kitten care. I can help with senior cat care. I can answer questions about cat proofing a home or making it cat friendly. I can answer diet questions. I can answer home treatments questions for cats. At present I have 13 cats in home and two ferals outside. And there's always room for one more!


I have over 40 year's experience with cats. Father was a veterinarian and I assisted him in his work. I have 15 cats at present. Most are shelter or feral rescues. I have one purebred cat. I have done cat rescues and foster care. Some thoughts to carry with you. A Cat's 10 Commandments My life is likely to last 15-20 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. Before you swat me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could draw blood. And claws to strike back. And yet I choose not to attack you. If I don't act right then have me checked to see what is wrong. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so. Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Pass this on.

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