Cat that just vanished
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.