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Hi all!

To cut to the chase, we have two Maine Coons who love to be active, be outside, and frankly, not listen.

These problems aren't necessarily all kitty's fault; I keep telling my parents that if they keep letting the cats out, they eventually won't come back.

This morning, we believe that the female 'Coon snuck out of the garage and into the morning snow. It was like 15*F max today, and we haven't seen her since before 7am. She hasn't eaten, hasn't come back. There were no tracks in the snow anywhere in the yard (except for wild rabbit tracks), and after a bit of searching, there was no sign of her anywhere else. She could be chasing rabbits, but the field where all the rabbits are is covered in them (eg. She's not there because they're not hiding).

So, on the chance that she does come back, how do I convince my family to keep the cats inside? How do I prevent the cats from sneaking out? Is there a way to train them to come? Right now they will half-come; only coming when they want in a typical kitty way. I'm worried they will be hit by a car as the roads near us are pretty busy, and we live in a school zone.

My mom is worried sick, and it's not helping my anxiety. Any tips for finding a lost kitty? I've posted on a local website (Nextdoor) and am keeping an eye on FB, but have no clue what else to do.
 

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Oh no, has she come back?

Are you sure she got out and isn't hiding inside somewhere? I once found my kitty hiding (there were a lot of people in the house, including scary small children) in a place where no one thought to look because we didn't know there was any space there where a kitty, even a small kitty, would fit. She was there for 8 hours or something.

If you're sure she got out, you could put some of her used litter, even the litterbox, outside. You might also put out a piece of clothing with your scent on it.

Maybe the anxiety your mom is experiencing now will get her to rethink letting your kitties outside. If not, you need to know what your parents' motivation is in letting them outside before you can figure out how to counter that. Is it because they think that's what kitties should do? Is it because they don't want them scratching furniture? or that the kitties pester them to be let out? etc.

Do you know nextdoor.com? People use it for local recommendations but also as a way to alert neighbors to missing pets or pet sightings.

I hope she comes home. Please keep us updated!
 

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Since you've been trying to convince your family members to not let the cats out and it hasn't worked yet...I don't think it's going to work in the future. Put a GPS tracker on the cats...not a cheap solution but at least you'll be able to find the cats when they get out.
 
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