Hi Cat Forum Friends:
Sadly, my Cody has been lost for one week today. I have had him since I was 17 and adore him. He's indoor only, but finds it fun to slip out once in a while. Usually he makes a mad dash for the driveway and hides under the car and refuses to come out. I think it's like a game for him, he never goes far! A few times, he has snuck out unnoticed but has reappeared in the driveway, backyard and front doorstep shortly thereafter. We think he slipped out last Thursday night or Friday morning, but aren't exactly sure of when. The gardener came on Friday morning and Cody is absolutely PETRIFIED of anything noisy; cars, leaf blower, vacuum cleaner, hair dryer etc. We're guessing he got spooked and bolted.
Here's what we've done so far: We called the microchip company and had them issue an alert, and called and/or visited every vet in the area. We have visited shelters daily, even driving to one about 25 miles away. Very, very sadly, we have watched the dead animal lists for the LA county animal patrol as well and thank goodness, have seen nothing matching his description. We have posted several ads on craigslist and also some other pet locator sites. Every street in our neighborhood has at least 4-5 flyers. Every house in a 3 block radius got a flyer in their mailbox (about 100 houses). All of our close neighbors are on patrol. I have walked and driven around the neighborhood with a flashlight and walked through all the nearby alleys at night with a flashlight.
I want to expand my mailbox flyer area, and made another 200 flyers today. I am just so heartbroken and anxious thinking about Cody. We are currently having extremely bad weather in LA, and I'm sure if he's outside, the thunder is scaring him and I hope he's not wet and hungry
Any ideas you could offer would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Anyone who has gone through a similar experience would be even better.
Btw, although he is microchipped, he isn't collared because he is supposed to be indoors only. Sebastian is used to wearing a collar, so I make him and now I wish I had made Cody too