Our horrific TX arctic weather has caused increased concern for any pets outdoors. I have an inside kitty who is terrified of both two and four legged critters. She has yet to be seen by the couple who so kindly care for her when I'm away. Smiles
Seeing a plump, well cared for cat sitting in my backyard on the snow and ice, alarmed me but by the time I'd gotten a dish of food and water to the back, the cat had fled. A kitty door was installed in my garage yrs ago and the "door" was lost along the way. I put out more food and water and made a couple of comfy warm nests with newspapers, warm blankets and a heat lamp in the garage. Each morning for days on end, the food was gone and I began to wonder if my "kitty hostel" was hosting more than one lost cat.
Yesterday driving home from an errand 10 miles away and stopped at a light, a kitty came flying over the passenger seat. Don't know which of us was more stunned or frightened! Thank goodness I was stopped at the light because it shook me to the core! I still can't believe the young cat waited until I was almost home to make an appearance!
A neighbor took a photo and posted it on our facebook neighborhood "lost pet" page. I blocked the kitty door and once the car doors were opened, the kitty raced toward it. I added canned food to the dry kibble as a "sign of my good intentions" smiles and will keep the cat in the garage for a few days hoping against hope that it's very worried family will see the post and respond.
My garage is lined with standing shelves and all have gardening and misc'l items on them. If I can get help today to capture the kitty, I can have it checked for a microchip. I've had two kitties in the past go missing and know too well the grief and worry that can cause. Luckily mine returned safely.
This beauty is young with splotches of caramel, white and brown. I guess it decided that the back seat of the car was more comfy than the floor "nests" for an afternoon nap. With the door blocked, the "hostel" has been blocked if more guests come for the next few days. If my skittish baby would accept another into the family, I'd offer this one a new home if there is no response. However, when I finally do reopen the kitty door, this baby may flee never to return.
I just needed to share the experience because I remain very rattled and am appreciating even more today how dangerous that unexpected car experience truly was.