Lost and timid cats
Someone wrote to say that her cat had gone missing today. Her neighbour told her that he had seen the cat enter the house early this morning but that he hadn't seen her since. He invited her to look around. She went in and searched the house but could not find the cat.
She came home and emailed me again as she was very worried. She was concerned and worried that the neighbour might have abused the cat.
I asked her if her cat was very timid and the type that would generally shy away from people. She confirmed that she is though the cat will meow when her owner is nearby - I told her that from what I learnt at the CHAMP conference a few years ago that timid cats may keep quiet even if they hear people familiar to them. This is because they're so shy and frightened that they're just interested in hiding (you can find out more from the Lost a Pet website also on my link menu bar).
What I also learnt is that most lost cats don't wander far if they are timid - in fact some cats were found dead close to the house. One cat apparently stayed in the roof of a vet clinic for more than three weeks without a sound. She was caught eventually in a cat trap placed up the roof.
After getting my email, the woman went back and looked again - and she found her cat hiding under a bed! I'm so glad they were reunited.