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JV
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 05:52 am:   

Well, this is probably the longest of long shots, but our cat Jackson went missing last night--got out through a screen window somehow. He's never been outside. Since I know some Tallahasseans read this messageboard, I thought I'd post the photo. I'll be out looking for him all day. He's family.

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Jeff
vanderworld@hotmail.com
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 10:14 am:   

Jeff, I hope you find him safe and sound! He's very handsome.
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 10:31 am:   

Good luck in finding him, Jeff.
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Jeff Thomas
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 12:41 pm:   

Ohhh man. Sending out every good vibe I can muster for his safe and quick return. We've had cats escape before and thank God they always stuck close to the house, overwhelmed by being outside, and were safely recaptured...
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JV
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 02:03 pm:   

Thanks, guys. This one is pretty special. Actually hugs us...like a koala, or a baby.
Still no sign of him.

JeffV
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, October 24, 2005 - 03:21 pm:   

that sucks, man. i hope you find him.
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Tamar
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 10:38 am:   

Oh no, not Jackson! I really hope he turns up soon. He's a poppet.
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 12:47 pm:   

I know, Tamar.

No sign of him... :-(

Jeff
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Luís
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 12:58 pm:   

Do you have anyone to stay at home while you're out at the WFC, just in case he returns? I hope he's back before that, though. Good luck!
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 01:43 pm:   

Yeah, we do.
Jeff
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 02:37 pm:   

I assume you've checked the neighbors?
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 06:19 pm:   

Yeah. We've checked the whole neighborhood.
JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 06:20 pm:   

Unfortunately, we have a thick bramble woods near our house. It's possible he's in there, but it's impossible to walk through to check.

JeffV
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Geoffrey Maloney
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 03:12 am:   

Jeff, he's a really cute cat. I hope he appears on your doorstep this evening. Reminds me a bit of our Miss Polly, who I think you made the acquaintence of when you were here. Is it really dangerous for cats to go outside in your neck of the woods? Polly's half ragdoll, half Australian moggie, and I know ragdoll's aren't supposed to do well in an outdoor environment, but her moggie side seems to dominate and she's surviving quite well and chooses to spend about half her day out of doors.
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AT
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 03:48 pm:   

Of course he's family. Hope he's just been exploring, and will saunter home.
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EricS
Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 12:03 pm:   

Very sorry to hear that Jackson's gone on a walkabout:-(
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Ann V.
Posted on Sunday, October 30, 2005 - 01:58 pm:   

Thanks for all your kind thoughts. Tomorrow will be a week and Jackson has still not returned. We miss him terribly.
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JV
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 03:44 pm:   

So...after not being able to find Jackson for almost three weeks, and no one within twenty blocks or more having seen him, and no one responding to our ad, we walk out to the car this afternoon and he shoots out from under the car and runs into a drainage tunnel.

So we put food out and go away. Food is gone. Cat is no where to be seen. So we've put more food out and will find out about cat traps tomorrow.

Problem is, there are so many stray or loose cats in the area that they're as likely to be trapped as Jackson.

Anyone got any better ideas besides cat traps and/or just putting out food closer and closer to the house?

Jeff
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BJ Muntain
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 04:22 pm:   

Does he have any favourite toys? Favourite sounds? Favourite foods? I think if you're able to give him scents and sounds that he will recognize as being from home, he may be more likely to go into the cat trap.

My sister's cat went missing the same way -- never been outside except in the back yard. About a week later, one of her neighbours told me he thought he'd seen her. Turns out, she was scared stiff, hiding under the steps of my sister's next-door neighbours'. She wouldn't come for anything, though, until my sister got there and coaxed her out.

Just some suggestions/thoughts.
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Alistair
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 04:43 pm:   

Scents and sounds, as BJ says, seem like the best option.

But, also, have you tried getting in touch with a vet or, better still, an animal psychologist? They should be able to give you the best advice for how to get Jackson back indoors.

Great to hear that Jackson's back, by the way. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before you get hold of him.

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 09:09 pm:   

It took more than an hour to coax Bella out from under a cabinet where Dinah scared her within the first few days of my acquiring her.

If you have the patience (and the weather doesn't suck) try talking to her from outside the tunnel calmly and sweetly. With food/toy/catnip whatever he likes--in hand.

So glad he's back, even if he's not totally safe and inside yet.
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JV
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 07:24 am:   

Thanks, all.

Ellen--only problem is: which tunnel? They all interconnect and it's hard to see through them all the way to make sure where he is. But we're going to sit down after work today as you suggest and see what happens.

So weird. He's so flighty. At this point, you think he'd want to come home.

JeffV
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Minz
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 01:25 pm:   

He's probably too scared to ID the whole "home" concept. Scent and sound are powerful memory tools. Good luck.
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Anne S
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 04:05 pm:   

So glad to hear Jackson is not gone for good.

Sweet talking the cat out is probably the best idea. Sitting quietly with something tempting to eat (strong smelling fish if he likes fish) might work.

Good luck.
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JV
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 07:31 am:   

A neighbor saw him in a drainage tunnel Wednesday. Then we saw him on the porch steps yesterday, but he ran away. We keep putting food out by the tunnel and the house. All of it eaten. A little concerned by the cold front, but we got a better look at him yesterday and he seemed not too thin and relatively healthy. We're putting food closer to the house, locking the other cats away, and leaving the front door open, hoping he might wander in. Got a cat trap coming in the next couple of days to try to get him, too.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 12:31 pm:   

All cats are bonkers but every now and then one goes a little more so. One our cats decided this spring that she wanted to live outside. Fine, but it turns out that she's allergic to several grasses in the yard and was losing both weight and fur. We finally had to catch her and confine her to one room in the house (with all the amenities, of course, plus lots of attention) until she remembered that sleeping indoors was ok. You should be able to do something similar with Jackson once he's caught.
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JV
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 06:15 pm:   

He walked into the cat trap and we rushed him inside!!! Just a few minutes ago. He's howling like you wouldn't believe and he's bloody on his face and paws, and he keeps wanting to get out through the front door, but he's back! We're gonna take him to the vet tonight if we can and have him checked out.

Thanks to everyone for your advice and kind thoughts.

JeffV
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 08:45 pm:   

Yayyy. Finally.
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MarcL
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 10:15 pm:   

Quick, send him to Lucius!
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 06:42 am:   

Oh, GOOD news! Very happy for you and him! :-)
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ClaireWeaver
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 07:37 am:   

Great news, Jeff!

Now, what exactly is a cat trap?
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 07:53 am:   

It's a metal cage that has a kind of trip-wire mechanism. When they go into it far enough, the cage closes.

We got Jackson checked out. He was severely dehydrated so they gave him one of those subcutaneous water shots and he feels and looks much better this morning. But his blood work came back looking great--no wear and tear on his organs, no worms, no nothing. Whew. He's just stinky and all grimy from living in drainage tunnels. And he tore a nail.

JeffV
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JV
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 07:54 am:   

Send him to Lucius?! He ain't leaving the house again.

JV
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 08:00 am:   

But you can post a photo of Jackson in Lucius's topic while Lucius is away...
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Lois Tilton
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 08:03 am:   

Wants back out!?!?

Does he have a girlfriend out there?

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JV
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 08:04 am:   

AH! Good point. LOL!

JeffV
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Rebecca Kuder
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 10:15 am:   

Jeff,
Glad to hear your cat is safe and sound! Give my best to Ann. And emoticons galore for a lovely Thanksgiving to you and yours,
Best
Rebecca
(visiting Houston, chez Wexler)

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