Asked by: Eugenio Ogez
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

Do cats run away and never come back?

Unfortunately, there is no absolute answer as to whether a cat will return home after running away. The individual circumstances of each cat need to be taken into consideration. It is difficult for researchers since, even with the advent of microchipping, it is difficult to find data on lost cats.

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Simply so, why do cats run away and never come back?

Cats Are Curious Reproduction: spaying, neutering, and sterilizing will prevent wandering, especially with male cats seeking out a female in heat. Predation: your cat may have been attacked or killed by a coyote, hawk, etc. Disease: some cats run away to die or acquire disease (parasites) making it difficult to return.

Furthermore, what do you do when your cat doesn't come home? Call your local veterinary practices and animal rescue centres with a description of your cat and their microchip ID. Make sure your details are up to date and ask them if they'd be happy to put up a poster or post something on their website or social media profiles to help to find your cat.

Subsequently, question is, how long can a cat go missing for?

If your cat has been gone longer than a full week, then it is probably time to begin the search. Though cats have been known to leave home and return after a couple of weeks or even a month or so of being absent, it is good practice to begin searching after no sign of your cat for more than five days.

Can a cat find its way home?

A cat's ability to find their way home mystifies their families, veterinarians and scientists alike. How do they do that? As far as we can tell, cats have a homing instinct, which means that they can perceive direction using something beyond the five ordinary senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing.

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