The Missing Cat



Our cat has been missing.  I don’t even know how long she’s been gone.  You see, she doesn’t really like coming home anymore.  Sometimes, you’d see her by our window and demand to be let in and once she’s in.  She’ll feed, sleep for hours and then demand to be let out again.  Sometimes, we’d see her outside our house and coax her to come in to which she’d reply back with a cold-hard stare, one Paddington bear will approve of or be really impressed with.

I think she’s been adopted by a cat lady.  We all suspect, even our next door neighbour, whose cat has also gone missing, that there is a cat person somewhere nearby who feeds all cats who refuse to go home and adopted them all, or at least feeds them, that’s why they, including Bootsy, refuses to go back home.


This is what she looks like when not sprawled and asleep.  She has white paws like she’s wearing a pair of white boots, hence the name.  If you see her, do tell her that she is very much missed, especially by little T and also mention that we promise to make sure that Doc will keep out of her way.

If you have a cat, have they done this before?

How long are they usually gone?



Update:  As if she read the blog-post, Bootsy did come home last night.  We arrived in the early evening from little T’s gymnastics class, and there she was, waiting in front of our house.  As always, we had to coax her in a couple of times.  When that didn’t work, my husband scooped her up and took her in.  She stayed over-night and demand to be let out at 5am.  Let’s see if she comes home again tonight.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


    • We saw her outside our house as we came home tonight from little T’s gym class. Tried to coax her in, she stared again. This time though, my husband picked her up and took her in!

    • Me too. It’s good to have her home. Will try to keep her in as long as I possibly can, without her going mental!

  1. When I was a kid we had a cat that clearly had a second home. She went off for weeks on end but always came back healthy and well cared for. We had no idea where she went but just had to accept that that was the way it was. I’m glad your cat came back. It’s always good to have them back.

    • Thank you. I hope she comes home again! I’m not a cat person, but I’m very fond of little T’s cat and yes, my husband did say that this is normal for a cat. Other people feed them so they must think that they have more than one house. Just hope though that she knows where her home is 🙂

  2. Oh Bootsy, you look like our Henry and you act like our Foggy …. who has now been gone for about 5 weeks now. That said, Simon saw him this afternoon in some nearby abandoned buildings looking fit and well. His longest disappearing time was 8 weeks last year and then he just walked in as though nothing was amiss. Proof indeed that we never truly own a cat.

    Many thanks for linking up with #AnimalTales and I am so glad your tale had a happy ending.

    • I’m happy to share that she came home again tonight. But only stayed a few hours before demanding to be let out again. You’re absolutely right, one can never truly own a cat.

  3. I think it’s quite common for cats to want and come and go as they please. Hope Boots doesn’t do a disappearing act too often in this cold weather though! #animaltales

    • Don’t have much experience with cats and Boots is our first cat – so yes, I’m learning that about them now. She’s been home two nights in a row now. Worried about her right now, because she’s out and weather is bad. Hope she comes home soon.

    • She was home for two nights, but wasn’t home last night. Weather is bad, just hope she’s safe, warm and dry.

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