Many of you have voiced how sad it makes you when I feature lost cat posters in My blog updates. They make Me sad too, but I post them for a reason. Lost cat posters are direct evidence of why it is so important to have a safe confinement plan for your cat. No one wants their cat to go missing, but many people do very little to prevent this from happening. It’s like they don’t really believe it can happen…until it does. The posters that are hung by people who have already lost their cat are flashing warning beacons for those who are not doing all they can to protect their own cats from the dangers of the world.
And yes, as some have pointed out, even safely contained cats will escape sometimes and end up on a lost cat poster. Door dashers do exist, and sometimes they dash out when no one is looking. But if you read every lost cat poster that you encounter, you will see a pattern. Usually they say something like the cat was last seen at the intersection of X and Y streets, or the cat didn’t come home on X date. The Guardians have yet to see a poster that says the cat disappeared from a secure catio, or the cat was last seen in the bedroom at X address.
Here’s a poster that is up in the Guardian’s neighborhood right now. It is for a 7 month old kitty named Tiger who has been missing since June 6. According to the poster, Tiger didn’t come home on that day. Note also that Tiger has not been fixed.
A second poster the Guardians discovered recently in the neighborhood was for two cats, a brother and sister, that disappeared together. It doesn’t mention whether they were safely contained before they went missing, but I think the odds are against it.
A third poster that is currently up in the neighborhood actually has some good news. A small kitten was found and taken inside by people that were concerned for his safety. Kudos to them for being true cat Guardians.
So, if you are a longtime Disciple of Otis, odds are you already keep your cats safely contained. So I can understand why these posters simply instill sadness or frustration and why you might be tempted to just tune them out. But I would hope, instead, that you would see them as a call to action. Every face on these posters should be used as motivation to help spread The Good Word about keeping cats healthy, happy and safely confined. And if you know people who are not currently doing all that they can to keep their own cats safely confined, share these lost cat posts with them. They are the ones that need to see the potential consequences of their actions so they can change before it is too late.
I truly am sorry for any sadness that seeing the lost cat posters may cause, but My ultimate goal is to raise awareness of how commonly unconfined kitties go missing so that people will take the steps necessary to protect their own cats from that fate. I hope that one day I will no longer have any lost cat posters to share on The Blog of Otis, but I can’t reach this goal without help. I hope you will all join Me in My efforts so that together we can make the world a better, safer place for all felinekind.
So Sayeth Otis