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Why Do Our Cats Leave Home?

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- 1902 days ago -
One of the biggest parts of my animal consulting business is working with people whose cats have gone missing. In some cases, a cat who leaves home is attributable to cat behavior -- namely, curiosity. The cat slipped out of a doorway or window left open

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Past Member (0)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:20 am
They really are brutal murderous killers and have no sense of loyalty?

Simone Duffin (1462)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:22 am

Oh John do you really believe that, I love cats,

Carol H (229)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:55 am
if people would feed them they wouldnt kill anything but just like us they have to eat, do we kill anything to eat????

Simone Duffin (1462)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:58 am

Thank you Carol, xxx

Bill K (4)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:07 am
actually all cats are killers if left out. it's a genetic quirk of their domestication that cats kill even when they're not hungry and wildlife pays the price. if you look into this the statistics are alarming. of course no one thinks "their" cat kills. cats need to be kept indoors. most cats who leave home are cats left out by their owners.

jo M. (3)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 12:32 am
We've had numerous cats leave. One I'm sure had a second home and only came back occasionally to see us. Another moved in with someone else down the road, I think he didn't like the sudden influx of new cats when someone left 3 cats in our garage-2 of them young pregnant females we kept, the other escaped. One cat moved out to go live in a neighbor's brush pile, and her sister left to go live under a (mostly) unused building down the road-both of them we had taken in after they were dumped up the road from us. Our older cat took off one day and ended up 3/4 of a mile up the road and after bringing her home she decided to take off again and it was nearly 4 weeks later when she returned home, skin and bones but packing a big mouse. Don't know where she was living. One was missing for 11 days, turned out she was trapped on a platform in the barn across the road, skin and bones too, but survived(another sister to the 2 runaways.) Others have left and never been seen again. Never had any dogs leave and then come back, they were just never seen again.

Kath P (9)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 3:21 am
The only thing any of my cats have ever killed have been mice. For the last 20 years our cats stay exclusively indoors. They must like it because neither has ever attempted to escape.

Linda M (1748)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:09 am
Noted, thank you

cecily w (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:10 am
We have been taking in cats since 1970--most from the street and a few have seemed to be truly feral. We are old now so haven't taken in any new ones for several years. I won't go into the systems developed to return them to original owners (and we have returned some), the precautions taken to protect the ones already here, or the veterinary procedures (including spay/neuter) that go into effect soon after entry (which has included microchip scans since the 1980s).

Over the years, three have gotten out (all three came back, two with the help of the trap). THEY GET OUT BECAUSE THEY CAN. Assume that all will try to get out for one reason or another--often for something as simple as some birds or squirrels in the yard. They are not fed ad lib and they eat only in the "cat room", but when that doorbell rings they get a special snack in their room. It doesn't take long for newcomers to learn the association between "doorbell--room--snack". Some will not comply all the time, but you train yourself to automatically do a quick head count to find out who is missing, and where they are likely to be--then you scoop them up.


Christeen A (370)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:31 am
If you take care of them, they will never leave. They are just as loyal as dogs. John-have you ever heard of the cycle of life? Feed them and they won't hurt anything. Thank you.

Carol R (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:33 am
Never had a cat that left. And yes I alwasy kept them indoors. No need to go outside for anything.

Sau t (102)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:57 am
John should take a good look at the dog in his pic. Dogs are predatpors also! The diff is they are lot bigger, kill in pack and do so under the blessing of their masters. Some are hunters, some are sick men and some are pure evil. Poachers too use dogs to hunt down animals like tigers, wolves, cougars and jaguars. And hitler loved dogs, the German Shepard and used them to hunt down Jews.

Using the word murders is down right abusive against a species . Only humans and chimps are smart enough to murder and actually are even in delight in seeing others in pain and suffering. Cats are just too dumb , I.q. Of a 2 yr old.

Loyalty is humans attribute, not dogs which are decedent s of wolves. They do need to be in a group to survive, thus they depend on group to exist. And that is why there are alps wolves to command and dedicate their members. Nif members disobey, the member will either be expel or kill. In short, dogs or wolves live in a dictatorial society. While felines live in a loose or democratic society where all are equal to fight for food, mates and space. Reason is they can survive without each other, solidtary predatories are like that.

By the way, the figures of billions of birds killed by cats one should be carefully taken in . The fish and game did not have enough man power nor gunfire to do a real scientific research - big enough sample thru out this vast nation. They just used data from old studies based on a small sample and derived their estimate by projection. Unlike real wildlife researchers who spend years to study by living along with their subjects like Jane Goodall with chimps or the jouberts with lion.

Mike M (43)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:58 am
Cats still have the attributes of a predator to live were as humans just kill for drugs, money and ego

Sau t (102)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:06 am
Dogs are predators, just look at your dogs calcined teeth made to tear down flesh ! We too have them and we are the worse predators of all. And we rule over all species on earth, ruin everything and cause all extinction. Noe naturally birders blame on cats instead. Why not? Since there. Are idiots or people with real issues and cast their hidden demons onto the subjects they know nothing of, the cats or any people. It is lot harder to fight against oil company or chemical corps! And most of these idiots are men who have the need to control. Why do unsee many love dogs? While they hate cats?

Linda W (174)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:07 am
Got to Love a cat before you can know a cat. Don't believe the BS they spout on tv.

Les M (3)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:43 am
i have 3 indoor cats and occasion they have gotten out. i think mine just want to be outside after being cooped up in the house for months. they always come back and usually stay in our yard.

Sandi C (99)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:38 am
thanks for posting. I love cats.

. (0)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 11:02 am
Befriending a feral cat, means being a friend as long as the cat wishes. People have to understand that a feral cat is part of a colony; a support system as it were. To stray too long away from the colony may mean rejection.

michelle t (41)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 2:45 pm

M B (62)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 2:45 pm
cats are opportunists. My tomcat is outdoors, he enjoys it, but at night he's back, sleeping in our bed.

michelle t (41)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 2:45 pm
I adore all species of animals

Vicky P (476)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 3:01 pm
are you serious, John?!

Dianne D (490)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:24 pm
I lost a couple of my feral cats. It's heartbreaking when they don't come back. I've looked and looked for them and never found them. As far as John's statement goes - I bet he has never had a cat, so doesn't know what he speaks of. I pity any animal that lives with this man.

Debra Van Way (12)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 4:35 pm
I only have one cat that is a hunter-field mice are her prey. She is a mostly indoor cat but she is allowed out from time to time. My other cats only hunt for sunny napping spots or cans of cat food they can get out of the cabinet and roll or slide to me as a hint. Spoiled brats.

marie C (163)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 5:57 pm
I have 3 indoor cats who live very happily and even if my back door is open have no need to go out
You have to have loved a cat to understand .
\I think John K is a wind up merchant trying to get us going and start arguments on the thread just ignore RUBBISH

marie C (163)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:01 pm
Reading the comments I think Cats are like people all different personalities

Russie C (4)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:56 pm
We just had our gray male cat disappear a couple of weeks ago, he liked to roam the
neighborhood and just didnt come back one day which was really unusual. We looked
for him but couldnt find him. He was well fed, had food and water available to him
24/7, I think sometimes people run them over, capture them and get rid of the

Ruth C (87)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 6:35 am
The only ones to blame for everything bad that is happening are the Humans!!

Glenville J Owen (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:00 am
I've got three cats living with me full-time and one almost full-time, and all are free to come and go as they please. If they misbehave towards each other I speak to them firmly, sometimes a bit to firmly, but they seem to understand who's in least I think they do. The only other thing I'm not sure of is, just who adopted who here!

Karen B (8)
Monday February 11, 2013, 9:13 am
Outside cats will sometimes, leave their homes, but return, in regards to a move to a new residence.!!! Just keep in the house for a few days, perhaps do lessen going back to old home.!!!

Quinton Smith (40)
Monday February 11, 2013, 10:24 am
@ John S. "They really are brutal murderous killers and have no sense of loyalty?"

I "KNOW" you are talking about yourself an about humans if you are you are right "HUMANS" are brutal murderous killers with NO sense of loyalty but if you are talking about cats you better do your homework cats an all animals are more loyal to the human they thrust they will give up there life to save there human companion if that is not loyalty then what is. You will "NEVER" see a cat or animal stab you in the back for a dollar or jack you for your car or a pair of shoes will you John will you?? =^..^=

Take in a Moggy (stray) kitty today save a life my a life long friend

Quinton The Crazy Cat Man

Quinton Smith (40)
Monday February 11, 2013, 11:06 am
If a cat want out he/she will find a way I have 53 Moggies I live in a two story three bay steel building an when sugar beet season starts they start spraying the fields that when I go into lock down mode I upload all 53 face shots of the cats into my camera ring the food bell ("YES" I do ring the dinner bell an it works) close all three bay door an open the small side door that is the only in or out one day I want to the store came to the shop an found walliy kitty outside I know before left all cat wore in If walliy kitty wants out he will climb the I-beams an go out one of the roof vents. Hell we humans build super max prison these thing are the start of the art a fly can not get in without setting off something "BUT" with all of the technology guards guns some how a human brakes out. If they want out they will find away. =^..^=

Take in a Moggy (stray) Kitty today save a life make a life long friend

Quinton The Crazy Cat Man

Latonya W (82)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:32 pm
John u say cats are murderers I wonder if u eat meat? because they way we kill to eat and take babies from their mothers and I can go on and go I just pray with that comment u consider ALL killers for food murders!!!!!
Sauwah I love ur comment U know ur stuff too bad alot of people just go off an emotion and not facts if they did we would be living in a better world......
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