i usually let my 1 year old male cat out to play during the day when i am home. i let him out around 11 this morning & he still hasn't returned i put flyers around the apartment complex that i live in and plan on contacting the austin animal shelter in the morning. i received a phone call from a woman who had seen my flyer and said that it's breeding season and it's not uncommon for a cat to wander off in search of a female. my cat is fixed & has never been away from my house for more than a couple hours at a time. im really just a wreck and would appreciate any advice on what to do/information on the whole mating deal etc. thanks guys.