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Advice - Lost Pet

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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
Hey Guys, I'm kind of having a mental dilema today so a chat would be really helpful.

3 years ago I lost a male chocolate seal point ragdoll cat. He was microchipped and I rang endless rescue centres looking for him but he never turned up. He was shy, a house cat by his own choice as he wasnt overly keen on the outside world, absolutley gorgeous (look at a chocolate seal point online and you'll know what I mean) and had the most amazing blue eyes even for a ragdoll. They were really striking even to someone used to the breed. He was always on the lean/skinny side and no matter what always had a really greasy look to his tail (his only down fall looks wise)

Anyway while in the vets for a check up with my dog today in the waiting room I noticed a picture of a cat lost in feb. It was an adult choc seal point ragdoll, with eyes the exact shade of my old cats. He even had the same shape which is also unusual as the breed in general is quite big boned.

Now as someone who used to show this breed I could spot from a mile off what the cat was. Yet the notice didnt mention his breed or anything which i find unusal, as don't people usually give this info if known? It also didnt offer a reward. Yet again I know not everyone can afford a reward, but if someone owned a ragdoll (£350+ at least) and of this quality shown in the picture you'd assume if they knew its value they'd insure it. On the picture the only thing I couldn't see on the cat was its tail.

Am I being unreasonable and just missing my cat, but since this breed isn't exactly common I can't believe its just coincidence. Does anyone else think like me in maybe this could be my cat? I wrote down their number, but I think I'm being stupid as first of all they no longer have the cat, but what if he was mine. I'd probably let him stay their if they found him again, but it would be nice to know he's safe and being looked after. Does anyone else think there are too many coincidences?

:-(
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Difficult one this.
Ony advice I would offer is to approach the vet with your worries. They might be able to help and obviously woudn't want their practice to be used for advertising stolen pets.
These other people might also be an innocent party. You might also consider approaching them whilst protecting yourself. (Anonymous phone call)
Nice little racket that, stealing pets, reselling them and then stealing them again !!
#2
Having cats myself(only moggies!) I can fully understand your need to know if this cat is yours that you lost.It is heartbreaking to lose a pet,especially when you have no idea as to who has got them.

From what you have described,you had a very valuable cat and these are often a target for a 'catnapping' though it does seem strange that the poster has no mention of breed etc,as those that target often know exactly what to look for!

My mum has a kitten that just turned up at her house,she shut it out etc but it kept returning!What choice does she have?She has given it food because it was there all the time,she put notices up in local shops etc but no-one has come forward,so she now has aquired another cat!However,if someone was to turn up and claim her,whilst now having a bond with her,she would give it back(though knowing cats.....it would come back!!)

If I was you,I think I would have to satisfy my curiosity.It may of course be that,if it is your cat that they came about it in innocent circumstances(maybe not,who knows and I doubt you will find out either).It may of course not be yours,but at least you will know.

Do what you feel is best for you,I think it is very big hearted of you to state that you would not expect him to be returned if he has settled with another family.:)
#3
Hi,
I have 4 rescue Persians - all elderly and spayed and neuted - not woth anything only to me and they are priceless .
I would have to keep going to find out if it was my cat and yes i think to let them keep him if he turns out to be yours is very admirable - i am certain i couldnt do that !!
Mine all have to be in before dusk and never out if i am not at home-probably better looked after than some peoples kids !!!!!
#4
Thanks for the comments guys.

I'm back at the vets in 2 weeks, so may wait till then, see if the vet knows the cat, in which case he'll know how long the people have owned, as if its longer then 3 yrs he wouldn't be my cat. But I think I do have to know.

Usually I'd never even consider letting anyone have any of my beloved cats, but if it was true and he'd stayed with these people 3 years they must treat him nicely as he doesn't trust a lot of people straight away, and he didn't like change so as long as he was happy I'd be happy for him to stay there.

I do actually think he was stolen in the first place as we do love on the corner and he would never go off our grounds by choice. Saying that I'm not sure though, as our garden has 6ft walls, so not sure how they'd know he lived there.

http://www.whiskas.co.nz/breeds/images/ragdoll.jpg

Thats a similar cat in colourings. However yet again the eyes on that cat are no where near as amazing as his where.
#5
Don't even have cats, but i can't bear to lose anything, so i would have to persue the phone number - if they can confirm his 'greasy' tail, at least you would know that he has been loved an safe since you last saw him...:thinking:
#6
Hi,
I also feed several other cats as due to mine being spoilt ,they leave a lot of food and instead of throwing it out -i put it outside .
I now have a queue around 7.30 when they know the light has gone out outside my house , therefore the big fat ginger cat has gone to bed and its time for a free supper !!!
One of them is a Birman who won't go home now as his owners have took in 2 more rescue dogs and they are nasty !!! they now have 4 and 3 cats -or i nearly have one of them - but my Ginger Peril won't let any more come to live here now and upset his Harem !!!!!!!!
#7
We have two tom cats, one year old this month but one went out last Monday and never returned.

He never had a collar on as he kept ripping them off, it would have had an insurance disc on as we have them both fully insured and micro-chipped. God damn it I wish I kept putting his collar back on just for the sake of it!!!!

Anyway the insurance company has sent out 50 letters to local vets and rescue centres and they are supposed to be sending us some form of template (not sure if this is an the form of an electronic document or as a sheet of paper).

But as it is still only small and with no collar on I would imagine someone will have picked him up and kept him.
#8
When I was younger my neighbours had 4 precious and exotic cats and it turned out that owls killed two of them :-(
#9
beerman1
We have two tom cats, one year old this month but one went out last Monday and never returned.

He never had a collar on as he kept ripping them off, it would have had an insurance disc on as we have them both fully insured and micro-chipped. God damn it I wish I kept putting his collar back on just for the sake of it!!!!

Anyway the insurance company has sent out 50 letters to local vets and rescue centres and they are supposed to be sending us some form of template (not sure if this is an the form of an electronic document or as a sheet of paper).

But as it is still only small and with no collar on I would imagine someone will have picked him up and kept him.

Two of my cats went 'missing' when they were quite young,about 8 months old,and I was frantic,but they did return after a few days(about 4 I think).
Sometimes they can get locked in sheds and garages etc and it is not until someone opens them up that they know they are there.

I shall keep my fingers crossed that yours will return,they often do,even after a few weeks.
#10
When we got our first kitten Ellie and she was allowed out, she went missing overnight which was really strange for her.

We were looking all over the place, and she still didn't show up.

Later the next day, we were having a quote for some decking, when my dad came round and noticed Ellie was stuck in next doors room (new house, no fence).

When the neighbour eventually came home, we got the cat back but she claimed it must have sneaked in and hid all night.

Thing is, she was a playfull kitten, with a bell on her collar. Not the kind of cat to lay low all night.

The neighbour was renting, so she eventually left, but I think she might have been a fruit loop.
#11
pawsntails
as we do love on the corner



Don't think I wanna ask much more about this ;-)

Once lost a kitty when I was younger. Even now I double take ginger kitties :-(. Several possible courses of action:
1) Ask Vet if the poster is in their premises I would guess the people must be clients
2) Phone and ask owners where and when the kitty was aquired (if someone is stealing selling on and stealing again might shed light on it) Would a vet not have to remove the chip? Ask if the cat had a chip.

I honestly don't think someone who has stolen a kitty would then advertise in the same area. Could be stolen and sold, different cat, or maybe your cat got freaked by a dog or something. Could be that the owners felt it unnecessary to name the breed as most people gain more from a photo?

My friends lost one of their cats, it then reappeared in their garden a few years later. They were delighted. Funny part is a few months later the cat had kittens. Funny why? Because their cat had been dressed :|.
#12
The vets is actually a different area to where I live so if he had actually been stolen it isnt exactly local. However I love my vet so am willing to travel that far. The Vet in question never met this cat though as I started going there just after that cat went missing. He is very good though and would probably help me.

Doubt his chip would have been removed, however during the course of me ringing rescue centres and vets all over looking for him originally I was told that some rescue centres dont check all cats for chips (why! in fact in case of leigh animal home where i had a friend work there for a very short period, she said a lot of cats didnt even see a vet before going up for rehoming meaning alot of ill animals were sold to new homes, beware of that place!) and all vets said unless someone said they found the cat they dont scan for a chip, so if they say they bought it they dont check chip. It makes me think why did I waste the money!
#13
jelli89
Don't even have cats, but i can't bear to lose anything, so i would have to persue the phone number - if they can confirm his 'greasy' tail, at least you would know that he has been loved an safe since you last saw him...:thinking:


I ditto this remark, I personally couldn't wait 2 weeks. And I don't even have a pet!
#14
pawsntails
The vets is actually a different area to where I live so if he had actually been stolen it isnt exactly local. However I love my vet so am willing to travel that far. The Vet in question never met this cat though as I started going there just after that cat went missing. He is very good though and would probably help me.

Doubt his chip would have been removed, however during the course of me ringing rescue centres and vets all over looking for him originally I was told that some rescue centres dont check all cats for chips (why! in fact in case of leigh animal home where i had a friend work there for a very short period, she said a lot of cats didnt even see a vet before going up for rehoming meaning alot of ill animals were sold to new homes, beware of that place!) and all vets said unless someone said they found the cat they dont scan for a chip, so if they say they bought it they dont check chip. It makes me think why did I waste the money!


Flipping hecj that is bad, makes me feel glad we also took out insurance, at least most vets and rescue centres will have been informed about our cat. Whether they take any notice is another matter.

But as fro the OP, the person who put up the poster could have legitimately bought the cat from someone else, or for some reason the cat could have taken to their house and for all you know it could have hung around the door for days on end, resulting in the owners of the property to take it in and care for it, eventually accepting it as their own.

Just have a quiet word with the vet and see what advice he gives you, he may know the people who put up the poster and be able to speak with them on a friendly basis.
[mod]#15
catwoman
Hi,
I also feed several other cats as due to mine being spoilt ,they leave a lot of food and instead of throwing it out -i put it outside .
I now have a queue around 7.30 when they know the light has gone out outside my house , therefore the big fat ginger cat has gone to bed and its time for a free supper !!!


Although it's good intentions doing this, it's also the main reason why many cats go missing in the first place if they can get food (especially if it's better) elsewhere. :-(
#16
pawsntails
It makes me think why did I waste the money!


LOL Now I am beginning to think the same thing!! I thought my kitty was lost proof with her chip. Also beginning to panic incase someone tries to steal her. She is pedigree but I just let her play about like a normal cat. She loves outside :oops:.

I would contact your vet. Never know your luck ... could be that cat is yours, ran away, and is now been found and they will scan and get your chip!

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