In early september of 2008, my aunt noticed a stray mother cat and a litter of three kittens in a knocked over pole in front of Chase bank. The pole was a short distance from a very busy road, and it wasnt long before mama cat and two of the kitties dissapeared. Not wanting the last kitten to get hit, we strategized and caught the last kitty with a have a hart trap and some canned food. He was all white with giant blue eyes, five weeks old..and already ridiculously fierce. No one else wanted to deal with him because he was so wild, so from that day forth he became my cat. I dubbed him Chase, for his bank namesake. He was a great late 17th birthday present I spent alot of time domesticating him, and he's become very affectionate. He's an outdoor cat, like our other four cats, but he spends a great deal of his time perched in front of the fridge, begging. He HATES to be held. He has to sink a claw into your clothes. It's nothing personal--it's just his way. I still find him endearing, and love that cat. He's also the prettiest cat I've ever seen. I must have 200 pics of him at all stages of his life. He's learned how to sit on command, too. He's very charming.
I've taken him in for his shots, and payed for his neuter. He means alot to me. I hated cats before this, but he's special. But he doesn't get on great with the other cats..our other males fight with him and he never gets to share their space or food bowl. I feel sorry for him because of this, and he hence he's underfoot a great deal.
We've had him for two years, but about two months ago he disappeared. I thought he was dead and was quite upset..Til he reappered a month later, a normal weight, for a couple days til he left again. And reappared days later. THis has been ongoing. I KNOW he's being going to a neighbors. So I put a collar on him, and went out and got a special tag made and bolted onto the collar with his name and my phone number. He disappeared again. And came back, with the collar.
He just reappared again tonight..Without the collar. I'm upset. He's hardly around anymore. We live in a remote area with very few neighbors, and I'm afraid he;s going to get nailed by a coyote in route to where he sneaks off to. A new couple, down on their luck, just moved into the cabin up the road. They arrived about the same time his disappearing act started. They have a little kid. I'm almost certain that's where he's going.
I'm really upset. I get the feeling that when they move in a couple months, and are back on their feet, my cat will be going to. I can't keep him indoors all the time, because it makes him unhappy and my brother is allergic. AND WHO WOULD KEEP A CAT THAT HAS A COLLAR ON IT? HOW WRONG IS THAT?
Any ideas or advice? I'm also afraid if I push the issue and put a note on him like a carrier pidgeon, he may not come back at all.