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Do You See What Is Wrong With This Picture?

Yes, I know it's not very neat and the chair has seen better days. That's not what's wrong. If you've been following my posts here and earlier on Bubblews, you will remember that this chair is usually not empty. For two days it has been empty. I asked my husband about it yesterday because it was empty when I stopped by to process an order Wednesday night and saw the empty chair. I thought because he had left, the cats had given up and gone home, since I didn't come until early evening, but I had seen Garfield by the front door.

Yesterday I asked Kosta if he'd seen Sarah Wednesday and he said he had. But today he said it was the day before he'd seen her. He asked one of the family who owns her yesterday about her, and they say they have not seen her and they think she's gone. I am very sad. We all know that chair should look like this.

I took the photo.

Sarah is a smart cat. She's been as regular as clockwork about being my door guard when I'm at home. When I walked in the garden, she followed me around the yard. I don't believe she would just up and leave all of us, and I think something bad must have happened to her. I just can't believe I won't look into those eyes anymore. I keep hoping that next time I go home she will be back. It's very lonely there without her.

Image Credit » I took the photo.

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bestwriter wrote on April 11, 2015, 2:37 AM

That is the case with every cat that comes as a guest. I have had experiences such as this but sometimes they do return. Hope she will too.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 4:39 AM

She is a people cat. She has never skipped a day visiting us in all the time she's come here. She lives just across the driveway and has spent as much time or more at our house than theirs. Her owner says she's gone. I sincerely hope she returns, but I have a very uneasy feeling, knowing her history, that something bad has happened to here. I hope is wasn't a coyote or a bird of prey.

WordChazer wrote on April 11, 2015, 4:48 AM

Aww, what a lovely moggie. Well, if her time has come, or she felt the need to move on, there's nothing us mere humans can do about it.

bestwriter wrote on April 11, 2015, 5:21 AM

Lolly did not come back. He had an injury and I was treating him. He did not come for a few days. Then he came did not eat anything. Gave me a 'meeaow' and never came back. I think he is no more.

MBank wrote on April 11, 2015, 5:31 AM

I read in a book that cat never forget their way to home so perhaps she would be coming back.

Kasman wrote on April 11, 2015, 6:42 AM

You may be right. Cats don't give up a sweet number without a reason.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:35 AM

Oh dear, I hope she┬┤s just been on an adventure and comes back soon.

agvulpes wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:36 AM

That does seem strange for a cat to desert both 'homes' I have heard that cats can sense when they are ready to 'pass' and go and find a nice comfortable place for that event to occur and not be a trouble for anyone! I hope that this is not the case for your much loved cat ? :)

msiduri wrote on April 11, 2015, 9:12 AM

What a darling face, a white mustache. I hope she comes back soon.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 11, 2015, 9:38 AM

Hopefully she comes back, but when they know their time is coming cats often go off by themselves.

MegL wrote on April 11, 2015, 10:17 AM

I have had cats go away for as long as 3 weeks and then return and they were all "house" cats not outdoor cats. We never knew where they went but our assumption is someone had a mouse and kept the cat to try and catch it.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 12:59 PM

That's what some cats do when they are sick and want to go away and die somewhere. Sarah wasn't sick.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 12:59 PM

That doesn't mean we can't grieve for our missing friends.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:01 PM

The thing is, this has never been cat to roam. I don't believe she would leave on her own.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:01 PM

I just hate to think of her as a coyote meal and suffering at their hands.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:03 PM

The owners don't bring the cats in and after they grow out of kittenhood, they become outdoor cats. This is the third of their cats to go missing. Sarah is the one who has roamed less than any. The rest used to go down by the road. Not Sarah.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:04 PM

Me, too. But it would be unlike her.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:05 PM

She seemed to be in perfect health, fat and healthy and begging for treats a few days ago.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:05 PM

I really miss seeing her waiting for me when I go home.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:06 PM

She should not have been dying of natural causes. She wasn't sick.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:08 PM

I certainly hope that's what happened to Sarah, but we live on 14 acres and are surrounded by vineyards that have their own cats. It's not like a neighborhood where their are lots of homes they could run to.

WordChazer wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:14 PM

No, indeed it does not. I still miss neighborhood cats whose owners moved on and took them with them - Oscar, Reggie, Cookie and Silver Tab are all still alive but no longer in the village. Never mind the ones known or suspected to have crossed the Rainbow Bridge such as Tabs, Molly II, Quilty and Harry, to name a few. Fortunately Reggie II and Cece are still around to trip us up and meow in our general direction. Hope you find out what happened to Sarah eventually, to give closure.

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MegL wrote on April 11, 2015, 1:23 PM

The other possibility is that the cat has been caught in someone's garage or shed and is unable to get out. We found a cat in our garage one time. We had not seen it go in when the door was open and we only knew it was there when we opened the garage door and it ran out.

BarbRad wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:41 PM

No one has garages on the property. The pump house has a cat door if it isn't covered with something, and i don't think anyone has been in there for a few days. She hadn't been seen for a day when I entered my book storage shed and she definitely didn't follow me in there.

bleekley wrote on April 11, 2015, 8:45 PM

I learned young that cats often come back -- and often don't.

BarbRad wrote on April 12, 2015, 2:56 AM

I'm not sure how old she is, but she's definitely no kitten.

jiangliu1949 wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:14 AM

What a cuddly cat ! Don't know what had happened to her .However You never know she will sit on her throne again one day .

AliCanary wrote on April 12, 2015, 5:02 PM

The world has a million dangers for a kitty cat. I wish people wouldn't let them roam around. I really hope she is okay and will show up, after all.

BarbRad wrote on April 13, 2015, 4:29 AM

That would be such a lovely and happy surprise -- to find her waiting there again. I want to cry when I see those eyes in my photos of her.

BarbRad wrote on April 13, 2015, 4:30 AM

So do I. She may have been sick. Hubby said she was throwing up last week.

agvulpes wrote on April 13, 2015, 9:47 AM

Fat and healthy ,begging for treats hmm... Our friends cat did that and was found to have cat diabetes !
Did you consider that she may have been 'catnapped' by someone passing through ?

RonElFran wrote on April 13, 2015, 11:32 PM

It sounds very much like losing a friend, and not knowing why. I'm not enough of a cat person to know if they can be expected to return when they've been away for a while, but I hope she does.

CoralLevang wrote on April 15, 2015, 11:00 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this, but cats are so independent. Perhaps, she will show her sweet face again soon.

BarbRad wrote on April 16, 2015, 4:10 AM

Thanks for the kind words. Occasionally a cat will return after a few weeks, but this cat seems to be a people cat with definite routines that have been established for months. It would not be like her to just run away.

BarbRad wrote on April 16, 2015, 4:11 AM

I am beginning to lose hope that she will be back.

allen0187 wrote on April 22, 2015, 7:46 AM

So sorry to hear this but hopefully she does come back. Have you asked around the neighborhood? Perhaps someone else has kept her as a pet?