Cat that just vanished

by Marie
(Michigan, USA)

Hi, we had a cat for 5 years (we have many cats.) This one was my "partner"..he did everything with me, especially followed me everywhere I'd go outside, like when I'd take my dogs for a walk, etc. He's an inside/outside cat. We live on the lake and near a very small patch of woods. He is the smartest, quickest, sharpest cat I'd ever known. All of our cats feared him. Even the outside strays feared him. He's actually small for being a male, but still a big bully! He would pick fights with cats just for the heck of it, and they'd always run away in fear.

We have a lot of raccoons around here, and I would see him hanging around them from time to time. They all knew him and sort of just avoided him. One night, I heard a raccoon fight out there (not uncommon), and the thing about raccoon fights is, they sound very similar to cat fights. But when I heard this particular fight, I remembered thinking, "I hope that wasn't Rascal that just yelled like that." I was super-exhausted that night because I was up early helping my Grandma all day. So I just went back to sleep and figured I'd see Rascal when I got up. Unfortunately, I never saw him again. He's been missing for 7 months now and I'm still so upset over his disappearance. I've searched EVERYWHERE. Under every tree, bush, drain pipe, under our house, sheds, garages, the lake, I still have his ad up on Craigslist, you name it, I've done it. I'm just wondering if you could tell me if he possibly could have gotten into a a fight with a raccoon and then died because of it? Would a raccoon fight to the death with a cat? According to everyone in my family, they said I would have found his body somewhere, or at least some kind of evidence of a fight, like blood, fur, etc. I found nothing. And he was NOT the type to stray. He loved our house and especially he loved me WAY TOO MUCH to just wander off to another place. He was always, always, always around. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks so much!

I am so sorry for your loss, it must be terrible not knowing what happened to him.

Unfortunately sometimes this does happen and there is no trace. It is impossible to say what may have happened to your cat. They may have simply wandered off and either passed away or become very lost. There have been cases of cats getting into vehicles and being driven a long way off without anyone knowing.

I have no experience with raccoons as I live in the Uk and we don’t have such things, we do have foxes but our cats seem to have little trouble with them.

Seven months is a long time to be missing so although it is less likely that he will return, you never know.

You need to stop thinking about what may have happened and just try and move forward.

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Raccoons and Cats
by: Lisa Seidel

My 2yr old female (spayed) has been missing for over a week. I did picture flyers, etc... Yesterday I was told my cat was seen at a trailer park about 1 mile from my house. I followed up on the tip, talked to quite a few residents from the trailer park (whom also stated) they are sure it is the same cat... They told me she had appeared the previous week and oddly, what really caught their attention, is this cat has 3 raccoons for companions. I do not know yet if this is my cat. I will be looking for her at the trailer park 2-3 times a day/night, unless I discover it is the wrong cat. Hopefully it will be her... but I wonder if it is her and I bring her back home, will she be content or will she return to her new-found life with the raccoons? Is there a way to prevent her from going again?

Missing my baby
by: Debbie

My cat has been missing now for over a month and i just have gone through every scenario possible as to what happened to her. She vanished into thin air and never to be seen or heard from. There is alot of wildlife around but mostly, have only seen deer and turkeys. Thinking maybe, a coyote or fisher cat is in the area. Because four cats in total in our area and two in the near vicinity have all gone missing. I do want to move on but, very heartbroken and still hoping for her return.

Your cat
by: Torie

I live in michigan also, in Anchorbay... Not sure if your aware, but we have many coyotes around. And with more and more housing be developed. We are loosing our pets to them. If your cat goes out at night, then there is a high possibility the coyotes got your cat...
I have 2 coyotes visit my yard @ 21 mile and gratiot about once every 8-9 days. I have seen them @ around 3:00 am. Looking for food in my yard.

I hope this is not the case for your cat. Take care, Torie

by: Marie

Thanks everyone

raccoons do eat cats
by: Anonymous

I just checked that raccoons do attack and eat cats

by: shelley kong

I have no more wise things to say except to say that 4 months after I found my cat dead following a house move, I am still thinking about her and all the possibilities that I could have saved her. I am saying this to you and to myself just to move on.
love and happy new year

P.S. May be a bigger animal got him.

by: Kevin Johnson

Yes, raccoons can be very dangerous to cats, but it depends on the raccoon and it depends on the cat, I've seen them coexist without incident, and even hang out and play together, but I am afraid that is the exception rather than the rule

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