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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-15-2007, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Stephen is missing :(

I wrote awhile back about Stephen, my TNR kitty who, upon being fixed, decided he was no longer feral. He's mostly stuck around since then. He's pretty independent, so he comes and goes, but I generally see him at least once a day.

Except that I haven't seen him since Tuesday, and I don't know why. I've been talking to neighbors, checking the found ads and looking in the local shelters, but he hasn't turned up.

I'm hoping someone just lured him away with better food. He sometimes mixes it up with Greg, my other outdoor kitty, so maybe he left because of that. But they had been getting along better lately, and I don't see him being on the losing end of a fight between them, so I don't know.

I hope he's OK. I'm worried about him.
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Fingers and paws crossed here for him.



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What a worry! I'll be thinking of both of you, and saying a prayer right now.




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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-16-2007, 06:59 AM
 
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Awwww... I hope Stephen comes home soonest!!
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-18-2007, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody for your comments. I still haven't found any sign of Stephen. My next door neighbor knows lots of people in the neighborhood, and she thinks that if he had been struck by a car or attacked by a dog, she would have heard about it. She believes somebody took him indoors as a pet.

I really hope so. I'm still checking everywhere, and holding out hope that he'll make his way back to my porch. But if he doesn't, then I hope he's found a safe, friendly place to be, either here or on the other side of the bridge.
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Jet, I wrote some extra hints in this sticky. Please try them. I hope they help.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-18-2007, 02:36 PM
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I'm guessing that Stephen wasn't wearing a collar and identification? It's possible that some kind, well-meaning person found Stephen, thought he was a stray cat, and brought him inside for food and shelter.

If that's the case, Stephen will probably return home the next time he slips outdoor. Or, you might be able to locate him if you put up some signs around your neighborhood.

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I'm guessing that Stephen wasn't wearing a collar and identification? It's possible that some kind, well-meaning person found Stephen, thought he was a stray cat, and brought him inside for food and shelter.
I hadn't yet put any ID on him, which I regret deeply. I was taking it slow since he's still semi-feral. He particularly hated having his neck and chin touched, and would nip me if I tried, so I was reluctant to try a collar right away. I was going to take him and Greg in together for microchipping, but I was waiting for a convenient weekend, and I waited too long.

It's possible that someone has taken him in, and it's just as possible that he was already owned to begin with, and finally went home. He wasn't skinny or starving when he showed up, and he's capable of great affection when he's in the mood, so he could be someone's pet even though he's feral-ish. Lots of people let their cats run so wild around here that they aren't easily distinguishable from strays or ferals. Either way, I really hope he's found a home, whether an old or new one.

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Jet, I wrote some extra hints in this sticky. Please try them. I hope they help.
Thanks so much, Jeanie. I've been trying to follow all the tips, and every new one helps.
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This is one part of TNR I don't like sometimes cats just leave. Only they know the reason. One of my fixed ferals Willow has not been seen for a while now at least several months. She normally eats with her Mother & Grandmother but she was the shyest one so I know she was not adopted, I am hoping she is eating at another house somewhere, she used to be chased by the feral tom Tony who was also eating on my porch but since has moved in with me. I believe she thinks he is still there waiting to chase her. I still hope she comes back.

Our feral cats may depend on us but they also depend of their independence to survive.

I hope Stephen comes home. Since he was only semi-feral he might of been adopted. Just keep spreading the word about him and someone should know something.
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