The Guardians have discovered yet another sad reminder of the danger of letting kitties roam free. This time poor patches left his home one morning and did not return. His face now graces one of the ever-growing number of lost cat posters.
We can’t know for certain why Patches didn’t return, but you can know for certain that your kitty will not leave and never come back if you give him or her safe, well-defined boundaries in which to live. And I don’t mean you should talk to your kitty and tell him or her not to leave the yard. You need to make it physically impossible for him or her to do so. That means building an enclosure, walking your kitty on a leash, or providing some other physical barriers to keep kitty within safe confines.
With proper attention and enrichment, the kitty will live a happy, healthy and, on average, much longer life if you do this. It may also have mental health benefits for you as you will never have to lay awake at night wondering what horrible fate might have befallen the kitty you love after he or she suddenly vanishes like Patches did.
Please join Me in purring that Patches is someplace safe and warm, being given as much love and attention as he can handle. Then, go hug your kitties (assuming they like to be hugged, of course) and be thankful that they are safe in your arms.
So Sayeth Otis