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Hello all,

We have a lovely 3 year old female black rescue cat called Luna, who has been with us for just over two years. Very playful, loving at a distance (not a lap cat, but often wants to be in the same room as us). She LOVES going outside.

She's gone missing three times already: August 2019 for just over a week, October 2019 for 23 days, and again October 2020 for 15 days. Each time we set an ad in the German Cat registry, and people found her (she's chipped), and got in touch with us. Each time she's survived the escapades well, but come back a bit on the skinny side. Timid the first few days back, but obviously very happy to be back home.

My Wife and I live in a ground floor flat, back door leads to a shared garden. Garden neighbours on to other gardens, so she has a good amount of area to explore and hunt (she's a real mouser, with the occasional small bird (unfortunately) thrown in for good measure).

She has occasional fights with neighbourhood cats. She's a little cat (3,5kg, under 8lbs), and gets bullied by other cats. We've had to scare away other cats that come in to her territory repeatedly with water guns. Sometimes they turn up in the middle of the night to our glass back door, we get woken up by Luna yowling like crazy, so we have to shoo the intruders away (half awake, hair sticking out like a mad professor).

We think her going missing must be a territorial thing. We have no idea what else we can do apart from trying to make her feel safe and fed etc at home, and scare the other cats (no idea who they belong to) away.

Any thoughts on what to try would be great. Thanks in advance!
 

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If this little cat isn't spayed you are doing her a favor to have a better life by not being chased as much, and not coming into heat or having a litter of kittens. You could also try and get her to be an indoor cat, which is the safest place for her. With the coming on of colder weather and winter is an ideal time to do this. (am assuming you're not in Florida or some place warm in winter). All the best and hope you can give this little girl a better life than she's living now.
 

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Hi, thanks for the reply!
She is spayed, forgot to mention that. Unfortunately I can never see what sex the other cats visiting her territory are. We’re in Germany, it gets plenty chilly in winter :) after we get her from a kind person down the road after her most recent runaway, we kept her indoors for a month...after week two she was desperate to get out again. She’s just an outdoor cat, and has becomes unbearable if stuck inside for more than a couple of days. Once used to the outdoors, impossible to take that away...
 
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