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We lost our cat nearly a month ago. He is a very social, lovely Maine coon 14 myths old. Indoor - outdoor.
Tonight someone responded to an ad that I placed. They thought he had come to their house over the past 3 days ... They had left food out after seeing him earlier in the week. They managed to get a photo of him and I think it is him. I came right away - apparently missing him by 30 seconds. Of course he did not come to me when I called him and I hung around for 1/2 hour but no luck but it was dark and at the forest edge so I couldn't search much. I left his carrier w blanket and treats there so he would smell me and maybe relax a bit and continue to come. I have looked into it and see that a humane trap would be a good stress free way to catch him but how do I handle it after that? Will he be crazy defensive and scared when I bring him home? I have 2 girls that miss him terribly (6&8) and will want to assume their relationship with him... how long should we expect to give him to settle in? Do I keep him indoors for a period of time? Any feedback would be much appreciated.

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Marlene,

Is your cat neutered?  If not, neutering usually helps settle down pangs of wanderlust.

How long have you had your cat?

Yes, I would use a humane trap.  When you get him home, put him in one area with a litter pan and food dishes and give him time to readjust to your household. Most cats do not abreact to getting back home!!!!!

Usually, they are pretty glad to get back to their home territory.  I find outdoor cast can run into 3 problems: predators, automobiles, and people. Outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats just do not seem to have the longevity of an indoor only cat. (An average life span of 3-5 years vs, an average life span of 12- 15 years.) Usually within a week, he should be back to his old self.

He may cry to go outside, but you will have to be diligent so that neither you nor any family member accidently let him out!!!!!!

Please let me know how you make out trying to catch him.

Best regards... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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