Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Story: Missing my Lost, but Found, Cat

"When the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him."    Rudyard Kipling, The Cat That Walked By Himself.

See the poster above?  It could have been written by me, but it wasn't. 

It was written by the Orange cat's original owner and it hung, for three months, at our vet's office.  Copies of it, in color, hung at every store in our town.  The one in the picture above is the photocopy our vet made for us when we realized we had that cat.

In fact, we'd named him Odey and neutered him.  Poor guy.  (He was just a little too trusting.)

There were a lot of things that happened in three months, as you can imagine--calls made to neighbors to see if they were missing a cat, a plea on facebook, but deep down we thought he'd been dropped off, like sometimes happens with dogs and cats. Yet, there was something about him and the way he loved to be loved that didn't speak of a drop-off.  I told my husband, over and over again, someone loved this cat.

And, as you can see from the flier above, it was true.  Four days before Christmas, Odey was reunited with his family.  Somehow he'd surivived a six mile trek through coyote territory and a crazy, busy highway, and found our house on his way home to South Dakota.  His parents had just moved here three days before his disappearance and, apparently, his homing device had gone awry. 

His confidence and sweetness saved his life.  If he'd been skittish, he'd never have come into our garage and so easily made it his new home.  He'd never have befriended us or us him. 

I've always thought this about domestic dogs, horses and cats--if you teach them to love people, they'll never be without a home. 

Oddly enough, I'm missing him today...even though he was an outside cat, as all ours are.  Inside, outside, it doesn't matter, they get into your heart.  Although, all I have to do is think back to last night's reunion between them and him--I'd never seen a cat look so happy...or a human mother of a cat--and it helps to let him go.

It was a very merry Christmas for "Orange cat"..."Odey"...."Bootsie".

Saying goodbye to Odey.


  1. That's pretty cool that you found his people, even though you will miss him. How often missing cats are never reunited with their families.

  2. I bet his "owners" aren't the only thing he is missing now.



    (never feel obligated to publish my comments...)

  3. Shirley--ain't that the truth? I've never found any of my lost cats...but then again, look where I live.

    Bill--all I can say is hahahahahahahahahahahahaha....to infinity! You are so right.

  4. Oh, this was a wonderfully sad "happy" story. Bless your heart for taking him in ... and giving him back.

  5. I don't think that Bootsie could have happened upon a better home to take care of him until he found his family again ... I'm sure you've made their Christmas very merry this year.

  6. Reminds me of my Sheltie Rex we lost him in St Maries, ID on Thanksgiving put up posters went down there every weekend looking for him and finally received a call on New years Eve. A wonderful family such as you :) found him and had taken care of him for about a week we were able to pick him up. He was sooo skinny but happy to see us!

  7. Thank you Margaret and Joanne--he was a sweet cat to take in. I do think, though, that he's much better off as an inside cat with his family. We love our cats, but they are barn cats. :( The ones who were born out there and have their family with them seem to love their life in the warm hay. He wasn't ever accepted by them though.

  8. Tina--that is an amazing story, too. Those posters really DO help get your pets back--our stories are proof of that.

  9. Great story with a happy ending and it's a true life story too!

  10. Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes!

  11. Aw, that's sad and happy at the same time.

  12. I'm happy they found him, they must have been frantic with worry. I'll bet he's missing you too and the care and love he found at your house. Guess he knows he's always welcome for a visit. You didn't mention what they thought of his new "gelding" state.


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