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17 August 2010 @ 04:14 pm
Tanner is Missing  
 

My 18-year-old cat Tanner loves his Saturday afternoons sitting in the sunshine in the yard while I'm in and out doing various and sundry and since he never gets very far away from where I am I let him and  I laughed at him when he went tearing out of the house like his tail was on fire as soon as I opened the door. I was messing around with the hose at first so I wasn't surprised that he stayed around the corner and out of sight past the point when his game of "escape" would have been forgotten.

I went inside and did some things and around 11:30 decided that I wanted a nap more than lunch at that point. I decided to let him stay out since he has a tendency to want to lay on top of me and it was just too hot. Before I'd dozed off good though a storm came up and by the time I went to open the door and call him in it was pouring. He didn't come so I figured he was hiding under or inside the old trailer (there's a hole in the floor he can get in) and didn't worry about it.

When the rain finally ended I decided I needed to go to town.  When he wasn't around when I went out I thought he must be IN the old trailer and napping and went on without finding him and making him come in but when I got back he still wasn't around so I went looking for him and he wasn't there. Or anywhere else. He wasn't in any of his usual spots. I've walked around calling him several times with no answer. I've walked up and down the road  looking in the ditch. He's just vanished.

I went to the Humane Society Yesterday and they hadn't had any word of a cat like him. I'm taking them a picture today just in case.
He was in excellent health, ate a good breakfast, and other than his mad dash did nothing unusual for him Saturday.
He never leaves the yard and even when he has gone and hid somewhere for some reason he usually turns up for meals but it's been 3 days now and nothing.

I really don't know what to do. At what point do I give up? There are foxes and hawks in the area, and the occasional report of a coyote or aligator, all of which could make a good meal of a 10 pound cat but most of those wouldn't come that close to the house in daylight, the water is pretty low in the lake so it's a bit far for a gator unless he wandered further than I think and he's big enought to give a hawk enough of a fight for me to hear something. About the only thing I can be sure of is that he didn't get hit by a car because of the lack of a body.
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the Duchess of Crack! and the Queen of Fluffkiramaru7 on August 17th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Awe... *huggles* I hope he comes home, ranuel.
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
the Duchess of Crack! and the Queen of Fluffkiramaru7 on August 18th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
You're welcoem.

Any word on him today?
manonlechat: stay with me rinmanonlechat on August 18th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
*hug*

I hope he comes home soon.
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I needed a hug.
rockerfaery: Blue/white anime girlrockerfaery on August 18th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
:(
I hope you find him!
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: :(
Thanks, give your new kitten a cuddle from me.
Don't jiggle the ramune!: Embracefenikkusuken on August 18th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Oh, no!

Hopefully he'll show up tomorrow wearing the feline equivalent of a shit-eating grin, sashay past you like it's no big deal and demand his full ration of food and attention. *crosses fingers*
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
I really hope so but it's not looking good. The longest he's ever wandered off was less than 12 hours. If he does show up he's getting a whole can of Friskies and I'm going to wear his ears out.
Don't jiggle the ramune!fenikkusuken on August 18th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm going to wear his ears out.

Rubbing them to a frazzle, or giving him hell?

Equal parts of both, I expect.
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Equal parts plus crying all over him and getting snot in his fur.
Don't jiggle the ramune!: IY Bishie Smirkfenikkusuken on August 18th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)

I think I wrote a reunion scene like that once... Tanner's sorta camo-patterned, too....
My evil is strongjojo_kun on August 18th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I hope he turns up! Maybe he wandered a bit too far and someone picked him up as a stray. Good luck!
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

The thing is he never wanders. He's a big fraidy cat who never gets further away from me or the house than about 20 feet.
My evil is strongjojo_kun on August 18th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in that case I dunno! Could he have crawled into a tight space to avoid the rain and not been able to get out? Trying to think positively rather than go the route of his falling victim to a predator. DX I hope he's okay!
ranuelranuel on August 18th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
There's several places he can go to get out of the rain that wouldn't pose a risk of him getting stuck but I made the rounds of everyy place I could think of calling him and listening for him to respond. I'd really rather he die a quick death from an animal then spend 4 days stuck in a small space with no food or water.