After a massive blizzard dumped three feet of snow on their hometown of Madison, Terri and Mark were dismayed to find that their indoor-only cat Sammy had escaped.
So they put a notice in their local online news site, Madison Patch. And then they did some research.
This is what they decided to do:
After following hints on the internet, we were able to cut short Sammy's unplanned vacation. We put her litter box along with a kitty condo lined with one of her favorite blankets outside on our screened-in porch. I slept in front of the slider just in case she decided to peek inside. Whatever the lure was, at 5:30 [Thursday morning, Feb. 14, 2013], Sammy took the bait and caught my attention. As soon as I opened the door, she pranced inside, no snow, no leaves and no signs that she, an indoor cat, was outside for almost 2 days. ... PS: Her sister cat Bailey is also very relieved to have her partner back.
If you have a lost pet, you are also welcome to post to Madison Patch, under "blogs." The link is right under the top four stories on madison-ct.patch.com.
Here are some more tips about how to lure back a lost cat:
- From Wiki-How, "How to Get An Escaped Cat to Come Home."
- From Yahoo! Answers, "How do I find and lure my cat back home"
- From SPCA of Northern Virginia, some tips on luring back a newly-adopted cat.
- From Squidoo, "How To Find A Missing Cat"
Here's one of the best tips of all, from Squidoo, to catch a cat, "think like a cat."