Re: Cats been outside for two weeks and came back acting strange
Her litterbox habits may take a day or so ... this is because if she has been deprived of fluids and nutrition her body is going to utilize most of what she takes in, with very little waste, until the depletion has been rectified and she has excess to excrete as waste.
Only 10dys after we moved across the country, we lost one of our cats. He was missing for 29dys and I found him only by a lucky accident. I had posted flyers, knocked door-to-door, ads in the paper and walked the area and called for him repeatedly. After 2wks, I gave up, figuring he was dead.
Well, I learned to NOT give up so quickly because he *did* survive.
I was driving the 'vette home from grocery shopping and saw a b/w cat cross the road in front of me, maybe 600ft from our RV (waiting for our house to close). My heart leapt, and I told myself ALL b/w kitties would remind me of Mister, and when I called 'hey, kitty-kitty' to the cat, he turned to face me and we recognized each other!
I threw my 'vette into park in the middle of the street, still running and door open, and jumped out to go get Mister! Mister wasn't sure he could trust his senses that it really was me, and he must have been run-off by other people, so he was very cautious. Every time I spoke, he would look at me like he *wanted* to believe ... but he just wasn't sure he could, he'd been lost for so long. Anyhow, we went round and round a bush in someone's yard until I finally just crouched down and let him come to me. When he reached me, I scooped him up and put him right on top of my bread and eggs, I didn't care! I had my kitty!
He was thin and dirty, but the vet check was okay. He hadn't picked up any cat diseases and luckily, no fleas, either. He blended right back into life with our other kitties like he'd never been gone. He did eat and drink quite a bit, that first week.