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« on: January 08, 2010, 10:16:16 AM »

I'm writing this from my hotel room in Beijing.

It's been an exhausting day and I had to go through the absolutely worst business travel I've ever had to endure.  I'm finally calm enough to write.  This won't be a totally dreary post - there is a light at the end of it, and I'm trying to stay positive since I have to be out of town for another 2 days.


Last night I went downstairs to Mom's place, played with and fed Sunday (she was being extra affectionate and putting her butt way up in the air and mewing louder than usual - I figured she was feeling more accustomed to her new home and/or in heat), then I left Mom's place around 9pm to go upstairs to my place to play with our other 4 cats, pack for my 3-day business trip and get to sleep.

I got up at 5am this morning and went to the airport for my morning flight and just before getting on the airplane, I called my mom and ended up waking her up.  Long story short, she couldn't find Sunday.  Needless to say I started having a meltdown with airplane ticket in hand.

I called my brother who immediately said he'd leave work to go to our Mom's place, and also my 8-month pregnant sister-in-law went to help.  They searched Mom's apartment up and down, and then the entire building several times, gave their numbers to the building cleaners, went around the neighborhood, made flyers, posted them here and there and handed them out to neighbors and stores nearby. 

I'm guessing that Sunday must have sneaked out when my mom went to throw her garbage after I left last night. 

As you can imagine, I'm devastated, and to have to be on this business trip - well, I don't have to go into details about how that feels.


Okay, so here is the "light" part.  My SIL went around with Sunday's photo/flyers and asked everyone she could find in my neighborhood.  Apparently, Sunday is pretty famous.  More than half the people my SIL spoke to immediately recognized her photo and said they knew her quite well.  She has her "hang out" spots and knows the nice people who feed the street kitties - one man said he always feeds a group of cats including Sunday, but hadn't seen her in about a month (which is right - she's been at our place).  Sunday also has some friends at various stores nearby.

(This information is pretty much the only thing that has prevented me from having an absolute breakdown.)

So it seems that Sunday is or has been a street cat for (at least) many months, and is in such great shape (very healthy appearance and super friendly) because she's been lucky and knows so many nice people in the neighborhood. 


I don't know where I'm going with this - I guess maybe looking for some more reassurance as I'm feeling such a wreck.  I'd write out all the things my brother and his wife did to look for Sunday but then this post would be double its length.  I know they did everything I would have done.  I'm so thankful they searched.  They plan to search again tomorrow.  I will finally return home the following evening and will search.

It's past 4am now and I need to try to sleep...I'm totally depleted trying not to ball my eyes out while working.

I'm trying to focus on Sunday's wanting to be free outside with her other kitty friends in the fun spots she knows.

Man, how am I going to be able to be on this business trip for another two days.   Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2010, 10:21:21 AM »

Oh, August, that just sucks. I really hope someone sees her and calls your mom. If she isn't pregnant now, she might be when she gets back (which is probably why she wanted out). They are sneaky little ones but if she's that street smart, she'll be going to her favorite places. I know I'd be freaking out, too, but she's just doing what she knows and likes. I don't think you've seen the last of her.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2010, 11:00:35 AM »

Oh, August, I'm so sorry this happened!  I'd be devastated, too.  I hope someone can find her.  Yes, she probably was going into heat; that's prime time for escaping.   I still hope she will be able to return to a safe, sheltered life with you and your mom.  I'll bet if you can get her back and get her spayed, she'll be a lot more content with indoor life, because she seemed to like it a lot until she went into heat.

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2010, 11:34:48 AM »

Saying a prayer that little Sunday is found soon...
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2010, 11:51:22 AM »

August, I know how very worried you must be.  Are you absolutely sure Sunday got outside or perhaps is there some little tiny cubbyhole in your moms place that she managed to wiggle into or a closet that doesnt get opened very often, etc?  Im guessing your brother helped her look but I keep thinking maybe she found her way into something in the house...even the matting on the bottom side of the mattress, if there is a hole they can get up in there.  Or some sort of ceiling tile that is loose that she could find her way up in?  Oh please let us know what you find out. You and Sunday are in my thoughts and prayers.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 12:17:13 PM »

August I sure hope that Sunday is found soon. It is reassuring, and heartwarming, that so many people are feeding and looking out for the stray cats in the neighborhood. Surely someone will see her if she is indeed outside. Keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 12:44:01 PM »

Does your mom's place have a door that goes right to the outside? Not to a hallway? I would think she would have seen her if she had to go out of the apartment door, into the hallway, then out the hallway door, down the stairs and then out the building door. Pretty sure your mom would have noticed if she was in the hall, no? Maybe she IS still in the apartment somewhere or if she made it into the hall, someone in the building would have had to let her out or into their apartment. Did your mom knock on her neighbor's doors and talk to them?
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2010, 02:34:26 PM »

That's so scary - at least you have a whole lot of friends on the lookout for her. I'll bet anything she's in heat and if she wasn't pregnant before, she probably will be when you get her home. Actually, other than having a nervous breakdown, I loved having Sassy and her kittens here and really miss having babies around now.

Prayers for a quick return!
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2010, 02:36:39 PM »

The other thing I keep thinking is if she did get outside, perhaps if she starts getting hungry she will come back to the apt building where your mom lives.  Hang in there August, we are all here for you.  {{{hugs}}}
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2010, 03:17:48 PM »

I know you must be devastated, August, but look on the bright side - you have finally found out that Sunday did not belong to some uncaring family, but was instead a kitty who lived on the streets and had many kind friends.  That being said, I'm sure that you will be able to find her and bring her back to your home.

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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2010, 03:27:55 PM »

It does sound like Sunday was going into heat. The arching the back high & extra meowing are both signs of it. I know how worried you are, but tell your Mom to put up signs in the building entrance [in case someone has her or sees her near the door]. Also to open all closet & cabinet doors in her apt just in case, maybe also a bowl of food near the outside of the building ? On any fliers you put out post a reward,that usually helps get them home. It does sound like she's going to be pregnant when you get her back though !
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« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2010, 04:11:32 PM »

I was thinking the same thing that she was going into heat and that usually makes them very determined to get outside.  However, I had one cat that I was convinced had gotten outside.  I was devastated, bawling my eyes out.  We had just moved to another and were staying with friends for a few days until we could move into our own place.  We searched for HOURS, handed out flyers to evey home in the area.  Then about midnight, my friend knocked on my door saying she could here a noise coming from the couch.  Low and behold there was a tiny tear in the lining of the couch, and up inside the couch was my kitty.

Hope and pray that you find Sunday soon.  I know this comes at a very bad time for you since you are not there to search which I know makes it even harder.

{{{{{hugs}}}}}
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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2010, 05:56:14 PM »

Oh no...I hope she is found soon.  I also hope your mom can thoroughly search her place every possible inch, boxes, closets.  Just last week, one of our cats tore a hole in the cover material of our box spring and crawled in there.  Very odd.  You just never know where they will hide.  Took use awhile to find her there. 
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 06:16:51 PM »

Oh geez, I'd feel the same exact way you do if I was away from home and something like this happened.  Hang in there.

Good point everyone made about thoroughly searching the apartment and building.  Sometimes cats can crawl in the craziest little places.  Much like tesla's & Justme's stories, I once found a cat up inside the box springs of a bed, same kind of tear in the netting underneath and the cat had crawled right up there.  I searched for over an hour and was convinced this cat was not in the apartment when I noticed a small "bulge" in the netting under the bed.

I hope Sunday is found soon.
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010, 06:21:38 PM »

On several occasions, I've had not only one cat, but two cats do the famous disappearing act. They were not gone, but hiding some place that I never found out where. So it does happen. They are sooo good at hiding when they want to be alone.

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