My name is Tammy, I am a rescuer and I have 4 cats and 2 dogs. They are a handful and keep me busy but I love all my babies.
My cat Maggie is 14 years old and is the oldest. I got her when she was 6 months old. She was rescued from a warehouse. Just like all of my cats, she goes outside. But Maggie doesn't usually go far, just on the front or back porch for a short period of time, then she comes in. Well Maggie disappeared on Jan. 2, 2013. I found it odd that she wasn't anywhere around because she doesn't go far. Maggie was a mischievous kitty and would get into cupboards and closets so that was where I first looked. I looked all around the house, in the garage and outside. She was no-where to be found. I put flyers out on all the streets near me, I called animal control, went to the local vet and animal shelter, and even put ads on facebook and craigslist. I would come home every night after work and call her name. There was no sign of Maggie. I left food out for a little while but then stopped. I would talk to my other cats and ask them if they saw Maggie or knew where she was. lol Everytime I went to the local shelter to look for her, I was thinking of adopting a black cat. I figured I had lost mine so now I could save one. But I could not get myself to adopt another cat. I wanted Maggie back.
I was thinking that Maggie was dead somewhere, mainly because of her age. I had a neighbor look for her under my house but he didn't see her. Even though I kept thinking that she was dead, I had this gut feeling that she was still alive somewhere. I kept praying to God to let me find her dead or alive and/or to bring her home to me.
Well yesterday morning 52 days later, on Feb. 24, 2013, I opened the door to call one of my other cats and there was Maggie at the door. She made her squeaky meow and I just broke down in tears seeing her. She was very emaciated, walking wobbly and looked horrible. I immediately looked her over then watered down come canned cat food to give her. She was trying to gobble down the food but I wouldn't let her because her system would go into shock from not eating. When she ate, she made a crunching sound with her mouth. I was worried that her teeth or jaw was messed up. I kept thinking that I wish I had continued to leave food out.
I set up a cage for her because I didn't want the other cats and my dogs to stress her out. I spent time with her the rest of the day, watching her eat and giving her attention. She was purring away. Everytime I got up to walk away she would try to follow me. She is very needy now, which is unlike Maggie, but that's okay. She's been through a lot.
I took her to the vet today and they evaluated her, did some blood work and weighed her. She weighs only 3.6 lbs., she is anemic and her calcium level is low. They are concerned the calcium level might be a tumor but she has to get back to normal somewhat before they can figure that out. But her organs are all fine. They said the crunching in her mouth could be TMJ but her jaw and teeth are fine. Now she needs to stay in the house for good and get back to her normal weight.
I am so ecstatic that Maggie is home. I almost can't believe it. I have thanked God for sending her home to me. If only animals could talk, then I could ask her where she went and why.