My cats get out all the time because we have a busy household with lots of kids and people running in and out but we live in nice neighborhood and our pets are fixed, shots, collars with ID's and stuff but they always come back within 3 days thats the most one has ever been gone.
I don't know, ours seem to roam around a couple blocks away from my house because we got one of our cats from my Grandma who owns his mother and so he will go over to her house all the time and play with his momma but he comes back, then my little sisters friend has two kittens who will come in our house play with our cats then cry at the door and run back to her house and she lives down the street. But our cats are all under 5 years and they all have been indoor/outdoor their whole lives so that's probably how they know their way around so well but If your cat is 6years and has NEVER been outdoors than I really have no clue what might happen. Have you tried calling for him or asking neighbors, sometimes if we shake around a bag of food they will come running. Anyways I hope you find him soon, also you could call your local animal shelters if someone turned it in or found it and took it there and put like missing posters around a couple blocks in your neighborhood and hopefully that will help.
My house cat has gotten out twice and was gone 4 days both times. I was very worried that he wouldn't find his way home, but he did. Since his last adventure, he seems more content to not try to go out.
If they haven't bene outside before they usually just hide under bushes or something. Just put up signs so people cna call if they see him. Hope you find him! Our girl got out once but was so scared she froze wehn the wind blew and I just grabed her back up.
When we lived in WA, our female JBT was strictly a house cat. We moved to a small town in NE, where cats roam freely everywhere. The first time she got out, she was scared and did not leave the porch. Unfortunately, she became bolder and bolder and started walking with me and the dogs. The whole town knew the bobtailed cat that followed the Pom lady around town! One day she got out without me and never came home. I was devasted, she was a wonderful cat with a ton of personality. "word on the street" was a coyote got her.
Cats are smarter than you think. A neighbor "dropped" off a cat miles away because she didn't want him around anymore. Few days later he was back! LOL (In case someone will say something I do not condone abandoning pets.)
My house kitty got out once when she was alive. She was the type of kitty that would die, before she would let someone come near her. I was terrified, she was my baby. She was gone for 2 days, I was outside getting ready to feed one of my horses and she was sitting under my house looking at me. I had just happen to bend over to pick something up when I saw her. I almost hugged her until she threw up I was so happy to see her. Your kitty is probably very close by, but is so scared she doesn't want to come out. Don't worry too much. I know it's hard. Good luck.
Everytime my kitty gets out, she goes to the same TYPE of place. I have lived in several places, and she can Always be found under the nearest piece of wood. The last time she was in my garage, inbetween the wood of the walls for 8 hrs before I found her. She was terrified...
Look around, also, my kitty would not come out for the world but she mewed for me.. it helped to go out at night although you cannot see, it's calm and might hear the mewing coming from a strange place!
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 11/2/2005 6:49:51 PM*** Reason: more
today is day 5 and he's still not home. You guys are giving me good feedback.
Where I live, there are no coyotes or other predators. I live in a townhouse that is in a gated community with a wall all the way around it. It is very quiet and peaceful inside the complex but there are streets on all sides outside of it. I've been driving around every morning and night and haven't seen a kitty in the street anywhere. He's a super scaredy-cat and I hope you guys are right and he's just in hiding.
I googled an article about lost cats and it said that when indoor cats get out, they RARELY stray far from home. It also said that it can take up to a couple months or more for him to come home and that would be normal. I'm hoping for the best.