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MrValdac

I Think My Cat is Dead

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MrValdac   

Okay so... my cat has always had a habit of sneaking off to some part of the house and not coming back out for several days (except to eat). So when it happened this time around, I didn't think anything of it. My cat seemed to be in perfectly good health. A bit small and skinny, but very energetic and nothing out of the norm. It wasn't until yesterday (5 days since I had last seen her) that I began to notice an awful smell coming from a part of the house that she would hang out in the most. I have smelt a lot of dead things in my life and knew right away what I was smelling. The problem however, is that the part of the house she liked the most... is a mess. A collection of 3-4 rooms filled with junk that hasn't been touched in nearly two decades. I have already spent nearly 6 hours digging through the junk and have been unable to locate a body.

I did, however, find the hole that a possum had used 2 months before to get into the house (long since dealt with). I never had her spayed (ik, big mistake) and our house is surrounded lately by dozens of cats belonging to our neighbours. Now, I thought... well if a possum 3 times her size was able to squeeze through a hole... she would surely have no problem doing the same. But then reality comes back and I realize that there is really only one thing that smell could be. 

I hate the thought of her just rotting away under a heap of junk. But the rooms in question would take me at least a week if not longer to completely clear. And having checked where the smell is strongest, I couldn't find a body. Also worth noting that the smell isn't as strong as I think it should be. You can't smell it throughout the entire area. Take 4-5 steps in one direction and it's gone. At this point, I am at a loss for what to do. So was hoping I could get some advice here.

 

EDIT: Also should mention I am rather old. Just turned 70 a few months ago and have arthritis in my knees. So my ability to search for her is limited and I pose a risk of hurting myself in the process.

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birdie06   

MrValdac,I hope you find your furbaby. My only guess would be if you have a hole that your furbaby could exit in/out of,I'd assume that's what happened,not being spay,having all these other cats around,might want to start calling outside.If you get your furbaby back get her spay,get that hole fixed. Best wishes to you. Keep updated.

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MrValdac   

Thanks. Ended up calling the pound and several neighbours to ask them if they had seen a cat like the one I had. Luckily, the cat stands out. It doesn't have a tail and is calico. Honestly just feeling really frustrated. I have had one dog and one cat for as long as I can remember, and while I have never had any problems with a dog... something always goes wrong with my cats. The latest attempt at having a cat (before this one) was stung by a queen wood bee as a newborn and died as a result. This was the first cat I had that made it past 1 year. And was 5 years old when this happened. Thought I had finally gotten lucky. Anyway, will keep updated to let anyone who wants to know if I find her alive or dead, or what happened. 

The worst part right now is just not knowing. It has been 6 days now since I had last seen her so the odds of a happy ending seem bleak. 

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KMB   

I am sorry in reading about your situation. Please, do not give up hope, until either evidence is discovered or a much longer time has passed. Maybe your cat got out through the possum hole and is having party time with a male cat? Do you have a younger family member or a neighbor who would be willing to come in and help you search through the rooms? Maybe call a local animal rescue and ask for assistance in helping you search the rooms?  I wish I had more advice for you. Sending prayers to you and wishing you luck for a good outcome.

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KayC   

It's possible that the smell could be a dead mouse or something other than your cat.  If I read right it sounds like the hole is already dealt with.  I hope you find your cat, I really have no ideas other than cleaning out that room and systematically moving everything to find what is there.  It'll need to be done or the smell will continue for a very long time.  I hope you can find someone to help you...church, neighbors, family, someone.

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AJWCat   

So sorry to hear this, I would be as upset as you. Can you go online to try and access some community resources? Anyone that could help you get organized, clean up the rooms (that can be very unhealthy for you too and turn into a big problem.) and hopefully find your kitty? Overall it does not sound good, my only hope is your kitty died somewhat peacefully if she is gone. 

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MrValdac   

UPDATE: Found her. She did indeed pass away. Though oddly enough not in any of the rooms where the smell was coming from, which I guess explains why I couldn't find anything there. She had a habit of killing mice and just leaving them and walking off, so that is probably what the smell is. Either way, just glad I finally found her.

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KMB   

I am so sorry! I was hoping and praying that the outcome would be a good one. I know too well what is is like when a pet goes missing. The panic, frustration, the not knowing. The different scenarios running through your mind. I have had cats turn up after 3 to 5 days and for them they were just on a grand adventure. I've also had 1 or 2 that never came home. You do have that closure now, but I can imagine your pain and heart ache. I do so hope her passing was peaceful. My heart goes out to you.

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MrValdac   
1 hour ago, KMB said:

I am so sorry! I was hoping and praying that the outcome would be a good one. I know too well what is is like when a pet goes missing. The panic, frustration, the not knowing. The different scenarios running through your mind. I have had cats turn up after 3 to 5 days and for them they were just on a grand adventure. I've also had 1 or 2 that never came home. You do have that closure now, but I can imagine your pain and heart ache. I do so hope her passing was peaceful. My heart goes out to you.

 

Thanks, and it looks like she died in her sleep. And never seemed to be in any pain. Seems like she died 3-4 days after I had last seen her. I have heard that a lot of cats tend to go and hide for several days when they are about to die, so I'm guessing thats what happened. 

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AJWCat   

Sorry for your loss, at least you did find her and she is at peace. 

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MrValdac   

Hmm... not really sure what to do grief-wise. On one hand, a part of me would feel guilty for trying to bond with another cat so soon. On the other... the loss is made even more frustrating by my Aspergers (high functioning autism) craving sameness and patterns. So, for other people who have lost pets do you think I should wait a while before getting another cat or should I immediately try to find a "replacement"?

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KMB   

MrValdac,  Do what you think is best for yourself and your needs.  There is no right or wrong, just your way.

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