Two More Lost, Two Very Different Stories

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here.

The Guardians have found two more lost kitty posters on telephone poles in the neighborhood. The two posters tell very different stories. The first poster is for a lost gray kitty who was an indoor only cat. His Guardians were trying to keep him safe, but perhaps he was a door dasher or found some other way to get out. The poor kitty is apparently very skittish so it is hard to say if he will trust anyone, even if they are attempting to help him. His Guardians microchipped him though, so if he is found at least there is a good chance that he will make it back to his family. The poster was very wet an crinkly so it must have been there for a while. We purr that this kitty is found safe, and returns to his family. We also purr that his family will take precautions to prevent future escapes.

Lost Cat Poster- gray male indoor

A gray, indoor kitty has escaped and gone missing. We purr that he is returned to his family safe and sound.

The second poster was very different. It told of the disappearance of a 10 year old, male, kitty named Berta whose guardian leaves him outside. The poster said that Berta “has a tendency to make himself at home (for weeks on end) in other peoples houses this time of year…” (sic) The poster also said Berta travels surprisingly far from home, sneezes when he eats due to a crushed nasal passage, is a bit crosseyed, and has shorter fur on one cheek from a cat fight he was in a few months ago.

Brother Henry, Thomas, and I tried not to be judgmental, but after reading the poster we couldn’t help but wonder how many more red flags would have been necessary for Berta’s guardian to come up with a safe confinement plan for him. We decided that if Berta is currently living in someone else’s house, perhaps that is the best thing that could have happened to him.

Lost Cat Poster- Berta

Berta is missing. We purr that he is someplace warm, safe, and indoors.

Once again, these posters are good reminders of the dangers of the world without walls. It is not surprising when a cat that is kept outdoors disappears, especially when there are as many red flags as in Berta’s case. But even indoor kitties can sometimes slip out, so it is important to have a good, safe confinement plan, and to meet all of your kitties needs indoors so he or she is less likely to attempt an escape.

As always, we hope you will continue to work with us to ensure that all cats are happy, healthy, and safely confined.

In Otis’s Name,

Brother Oliver

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9 responses to “Two More Lost, Two Very Different Stories

  1. Batya Harlow

    Voted “excellent” in support of the kitties.

  2. Kathy Freeman Tolleson

    Little girl kitty, Tween, was a bit of a door dasher. She will go to the door whenever I am going out but no longer dashes so I can keep her back much easier. Once she got out completely unnoticed until she came back scratching at the door. I felt so bad that she had got out but so relieved that she came back on her own. She’s chipped in case it happens again, which I do my best to prevent. Only kitties I can see being outside are farm ones that live far away from traffic and other city dangers, and with enough human presence to keep away predators. But they MUST MUST MUST have a very warm, dry, SAFE barn to go to at all times and/or access to the house!!!!!

  3. This sort of stories always break my heart. Such sorrow.

  4. Gabriel and his Mom

    I’m a world class door dasher. much to my mom’s dismay. She uses a BIG Rubbermaid box lid to block me when she goes in or out of the house…. much to my dismay!

  5. saymber

    Otis you and your kin continue to be wise in your observations and me and my two little old lady indoor cats share your concern for these outdoor wanderers. We have several in our neighborhood and it’s hard not to respond harshly when one of our neighbors comes looking for a missing one. I hope there are happy endings to these two missings. Hugs.

  6. Once again we see more cats out there…lost & alone. I hope somehow the frst cat is found & broguht back safely…
    Porr Berta…he has had a rough life & it always angers me when people let Siamese or other exotic cats roam…& to let a 10 yr old roam…GGRRR…
    I totally hope Berta found a new home & decides to become a indoor cat for the rest of his life!
    I have a new addition here & I am concerned for Siddhartha as he is only 5 months old…the patio looks inviting. When I use either the patio or apartment door I calp my hands loudly & say “NO” in a firm voice. That keeps him from dashing. In time he will get it I am sure.
    Keep spreading the message Cult of Otis…the work is never done!
    Sherri-Ellen & Purrince Siddhartha x0x0x0

  7. Heather

    Wow, I can’t fathom that poster is real. I mean, aren’t Berta’s parents embarrassed to admit all that? They’re basically saying, “We’re selfish owners who can’t be arsed to take care of our cat…” or “We’re sorry that you’ve had to take care of our cat for months now but hey, we’d like him back…” Why are they even looking for him? Cats trade up sometimes. Hopefully Berta found a better home with more loving people. If I was the house that Berta stayed at for weeks at a time “this time of year” (duh, b/c it’s flipping cold!) I would be VERY angry if they came looking for him and tried to take Berta back. No way.

  8. I sure did adopt a Purrince…a little Burmese kittyboy named Purrince Siddhartha (after The Buddha). I bet Sir Thomas & he will become good friends….
    Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha x0x0

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