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FELINE TAKES LONG TRIP TO FRANCE
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x Unread post xbalancing act   - at 3:39 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x balancing act FELINE TAKES LONG TRIP TO FRANCE

"She already cost us some the first time we got her from the humane society. She's getting to be an expensive little thing."

If the owners had kept the cat inside, they wouldn't be begging for someone to buy a ticket for them or resolve the problem they created by being irresponsible pet owners.

2% of domestic felines that go missing and don't return on their own are recovered by their owners. Mainly, because they give up on locating the cat. It is so frustrating, why do people have animals as pets but, don't give them proper care and handle them in a decent manner.

Keep your cats indoors, it's a jungle out there.. (Read story...)
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x Unread post xJess   - at 3:55 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x Jess I imagine half the time when pets run away it's because they aren't fixed, either. And of course animal shelters are overrun with puppies and kittens that will have to be put down eventually -- or they get adopted while nice, adult pets get overlooked (and subsequently put down.)

The other half the time, people buy pets that need to exist in open, outdoor spaces yet they live in boxy little apartments in the city barely big enough for themselves. Then, let's say a dog owner, takes his dog on a couple of short walks around the block a day so it can relieve itself. But do they ever think that that animal's instinct is to roam and hunt? And then they wonder why it runs away. Certain breeds of dogs need to run around a lot to stay mentally and physically healthy. Yet more often than not they're just accessories for the furnishings of your chic little loft. And even for some other dogs, this is not enough. They need to be mentally engaged, playing or working in some challenging capacity. For instance, don't get a husky if you don't intend to use it for sledding. Or a border collie if you're not planning to herd anything with it. They'll become neurotic and depressed.

I could go on forever... Humans are so self-absorbed and stupid.
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x Unread post xbalancing act   - at 4:03 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x balancing act Yeah, my neutured cat was missing for 41 days. I went to the Shelters every 2 to 3 days a week. I couldn't believe the way the stray cats were sheltered. It was like walking into death row , they were kept in cold concrete cages you could smell the fear in the air. Thinking all the time, where are the owners of the cats that are here? Here in Michigan after 3 days the animal belongs to the Shelter and they can choose to do whatever they choose. With limited space you can guess what happens. Very heart wrenching.

Most people kept telling me that the cat had found another home. So stupid, the cat was out there waiting for me the owner to find him.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 5:55 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x Jess Yeah it's heartbreaking when that happens. Mine went missing for a weekend (she was fixed, too.) and as it turns out, she only went down the street a couple of houses. I guess in the snow she got confused and thought it was her house coz they sort of looked the same.

3 days is not long enough. Luckily, I had called the shelter just after the people who found her had called. Good timing on my part.. They had her for a couple of days hoping the owner would put up a notice or ask around. I'd thought about doing both but called the shelter instead.

I guess some of those places will send the animals to labs for testing, too. But they're so overwhelmed, what are you gonna do?
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x Unread post xbalancing act   - at 6:03 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x balancing act I found that posting flyers was the most effective tool I could use. I kept at it and would repost when I saw some how they were gone.

There are also alot of good sites for info on how to find a lost cat.

41 days was a long time Leo lost 30% of his body weight, had a 106 degree temp. he had a injury to his throat. He was in rough shape.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 6:06 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x Jess Ah poor thing... I had some roommates that lost theirs for about a month. He was so skinny and hungry - but yeah he just came home one day. We figured he somehow got locked in the basement of the building. Luckily enough we had lots of mice.
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x Unread post xxbalancing act   - at 6:10 pm on Friday October 28 2005 x
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x balancing act I found Leo 1/2 mile from my home across a four lane road. A man who spotted him called and then it took 2 days going over there and calling etc., finally found him at 5:30 am.
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