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dauerbach
10-08-2006, 01:40 PM
We are dog sitting, and the dog and our cat got off to a bad start. She went bolting down the hallway, and we have searched high and low, and cannot find her. Her food is untouched, and the litter box has not been used. She is under deep cover somewhere. She will not answer to her name when called.

Is there any good way to find a hiding cat? Is there some trick I can use with catnip?
I know she hasn't gotten out of the house, nor has she been eaten by the dog. Any advice?

Chefguy
10-08-2006, 01:44 PM
Open a can of tuna or salmon and put it on the floor.

Q.E.D.
10-08-2006, 01:44 PM
Patience. Kitty will come out of her own accord. However, patrol the house from time to time to listen for plaintive mewling, in case she's gotten herself stuck someplace.

Harriet the Spry
10-08-2006, 03:14 PM
Also, if you can confine the dog temporarily to some part of the house that you know the cat isn't in, that should help. She will probably feel safer sooner.

Beware of Doug
10-08-2006, 03:39 PM
Day 1: "Kittykittykittykittykitty"...smoochsmoochsmoochsmooch

Day 2: Strategic catnip deployment.

Day 3: Start bashing holes in the walls.

Cat Jones
10-09-2006, 06:41 AM
Any news ?

scareyfaerie
10-09-2006, 06:44 AM
She'll come out when she's hungry enough - try putting the dog into one room for a while, shut the door and then put down something you know the cat likes as a treat (fish, catnip, cheese etc). Maybe you could tempt her out of hiding like that. Otherwise, it's just a waiting game.

Kalhoun
10-09-2006, 06:59 AM
We went through this when we went to my SIL's for cleaning/excavating. There was a whole crew of us and the one kitty got freaked out. She was under cover for weeks. I guess she came out when no one was there, but we couldn't find her to save our lives.

Can you take the dog out for an extended outing? Like maybe to the woods for a couple hours? That cat knows that the dog is there, whether he's locked up or not. I think you need to make kitty think that he's gone for good.

And yes, opening a can of something scrumptious should help...but not until the threat of imminent death is removed. Good luck!

Zsofia
10-09-2006, 09:46 AM
You're sure the cat didn't get out? I know cats disappear, but they also escape.

Napier
10-09-2006, 10:30 AM
Could she jump upwards from the basement into the cutout for bathtub plumbing, and be hiding inside the wall of the tub? We had a stray do that once.

Spectre of Pithecanthropus
10-09-2006, 01:15 PM
Have you looked under the bathroom sink? That's where we found Fluffbrain, after searching high and low for over an hour.

chappachula
10-09-2006, 02:47 PM
to give you an idea of just how creative a cat can be,:
When we moved house the cat was terrified. After a hard day of loading truckloads of furniture and boxes, we looked for the last thing to load (before driving to the new house): the cat. She was nowhere to be found, -- in a totally empty house!

Well, not quite empty: there was an old clothes dryer left in the basement. But it's not what you're thinking--she hadn't climbed into the clothes dryer to go spinning around with the old rags in there. No,.... she climbed into the motor! Somehow, she had squeezed behind the piece of sheet metal on the back of the dryer, and was sitting in the "engine compartment" where the motor and stuff is.
She must have been totally terrified and desperate to try to get through the very small slit in the metal there.

Dung Beetle
10-09-2006, 03:12 PM
Check the box springs on all the beds. Kitties like to create openings in them so they can play at being the minotaur in the labyrinth.

Gary Robson
10-09-2006, 03:31 PM
As others have said, put out food and put the dog somewhere else. The key is, arrange the food very carefully so that you can come back tomorrow and see if it was disturbed or partially-eaten. If the cat is there and just goes back into hiding after eating, then you don't have to worry.

ouryL
10-09-2006, 03:32 PM
My cat used to hide behind the bookcase...



that is, behind the books in the bookcase. :eek:

ouryL
10-09-2006, 03:33 PM
Don't they sell a clapper for cats?

Spoleto
10-09-2006, 04:07 PM
Check your bed's box spring... a neighbor of mine experienced the same and after 9 days, found the cat trapped inside the box spring of a bed in guest room.

dauerbach
10-09-2006, 04:33 PM
We finally did find her. We extremely thouroughly checked each room that has a door, and then closed it behind us. We left food and water out, and called her repeatedly. I was actually afraid she had hurt herself, although that seemed unlikely. Anyway, yesterday I hear crying from behind the door to the first room we searched. Of all the rooms in the house, this one had the least hiding places, and we opened drawers that were closed, checked under the bedsprings, etc. I really thought there was no way she could have been in there. I can't believe how well they can hide.

CookingWithGas
10-09-2006, 10:29 PM
. . .plaintive mewling. . .Thanks, Mr. Fenjves! :D

asterion
10-09-2006, 10:33 PM
Don't they sell a clapper for cats?
Cat ON! Cat OFF! Cat ON Cat OFF! The CatClapper!

MLS
10-10-2006, 01:31 PM
We finally did find her. We extremely thouroughly checked each room that has a door, and then closed it behind us. We left food and water out, and called her repeatedly. I was actually afraid she had hurt herself, although that seemed unlikely. Anyway, yesterday I hear crying from behind the door to the first room we searched. Of all the rooms in the house, this one had the least hiding places, and we opened drawers that were closed, checked under the bedsprings, etc. I really thought there was no way she could have been in there. I can't believe how well they can hide.
They don't "hide." They warp out to a fourth dimension.

longhair75
10-10-2006, 03:00 PM
al we ever need to do to find jerry is whisper the words: tuna salad........

River Hippie
10-10-2006, 07:59 PM
I had a California Kingsnake that was lost in my apartment for six months. A one bedroom apartment.

samclem
10-10-2006, 10:18 PM
Since there is no single factual answer to the OP, let's try IMHO.

samclem

Tibby or Not Tibby
10-11-2006, 06:07 AM
My Maine Coons, Tibby and Libby are known to vanish into thin air for hours at a time. One day we decided to locate their elusive hiding spot. Hours of sleuthing uncovered their whereabouts—inside the living room couch. Check your couch innards, I'll bill you for my finders fee :)

minlokwat
10-11-2006, 09:56 AM
Well cats do have their little secrets.

Glad to hear that all ended well.

Clearly kitty is letting you know how she feels about this strange new visitor. You’re going to have to give extra affection and attention to let her know that you are not “replacing” her.

Poor baby.

Little Plastic Ninja
10-11-2006, 11:37 AM
When I brought my two cats into a three-cat, two-dog household... two cats who'd never had to deal with dogs before... well, it didn't go well.

I found my Duncan hiding in my father's closet behind some boxes on the top shelf. I have no idea how he found that place. I have no idea how he got his fat butt up there.

velvetjones
10-11-2006, 12:59 PM
dauerbach You may find that you need to check under beds and in corners to make sure that your cat hasn't chosen to eliminate someplace besides the litter box.

We (foolishly) decided to get a dog once. We had two cats then, one was fine, the other terrified. After about a week my bedroom started to smell really funky. Couldn't figure out what it was until I checked under my bed (one of Snowy's favorite hiding places) sure enough that's where she'd been defecating all week.

She had also been peeing on the leather sofa. Took me months to get the pee smell out of the sofa. Months and multiple cleaning products. I gave that sofa to my ex.

Good luck dog sitting.

CrankyAsAnOldMan
10-11-2006, 01:56 PM
dauerbach She had also been peeing on the leather sofa. Took me months to get the pee smell out of the sofa. Months and multiple cleaning products. I gave that sofa to my ex.


Now there's a happy ending!

I've done the "whole house cat search" gig and would have bet large amounts of money the cat was nowhere in the house. Only to have the cat slink out later, stretching and looking self-satisfied, from god knows where. It's a cat thing.

rocking chair
10-11-2006, 10:16 PM
cats do go incredibly high. rememer to look high, top shelf high, and low, under/in couch low.

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