My parents/siblings think that the kittens, especially Mitch, need to go outside. I hate the thought of letting "my babies" out, so they let Mitch out when I'm not around. Well, I wake up this morning, and they had let him out, and he hadn't come back yet.
Mitch was born August 7, 2010 so he is close to a year old. I raised him from the time he was four weeks old, so he has no training from his mother, on how to be safe outside.
He has now been missing for nine hours
I've been outside almost all day, walking around our yard and all through the small woods behind our house, and haven't even heard him. I've used the catcatcher toy that he loves, dragging it past all the bushes at least ten times, in hopes that he'd pounce on it.
I have a humane trap set in our backyard, and will borrow another 2-4 from the shelter tomorrow, if he hasn't shown up yet. I have looked everywhere I can think of, and crawled through many bushes (including getting very scratched up by blackberries), which is really bugging my seasonal allergies.
I've brought Morey (Mitch's brother) out on a harness/leash with me, to see if he would be able to help in finding him, but no luck. I've walked around for two hours shaking the cat treat bag, which always makes the kittens come running, but again that didn't work.
All of our neighbors know that he is missing, and there is a lost ad on craigslist.
Tonight I'm going to be looking with a flashlight for as long as I can stay alert enough to be able to do any good. But I have a feeling that all I'm going to find with that method (looking for glowing eyes) are possums, raccoons, and skunks so that will be interesting.
Is there anything else you can think of that I should try?