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Finding A Lost Cat: Nilla’s Miracle

How do you find a lost cat?

How do you find a lost cat?

The unthinkable happened.  It was Father’s Day evening, and there was a lot of commotion in the house with three 10 month old puppies, two dogs, and three cats.  After spending some family time on the deck overlooking the beautiful Colorado scenery my close friend Lisa brought all the animals inside.  One of her cats, Nilla, a flame-point ragdoll, was given a bath that afternoon and her collar was left off so that she could dry.   Being the resident mouser and skilled hunter, she tried to sneak out onto the deck once, was immediately caught and brought back inside.  However, another attempt when no one was watching proved successful.  A short time later Lisa found the screen door unlocked and after a quick search realized Nilla was no longer in the house.  She found a dead mouse on the doormat, Nilla’s typical gift.  Panic set in:  she could not find Nilla anywhere inside or out. 

For hours Lisa and her husband searched their property, along with the neighboring properties well into the night with no luck.  She was devastated but determined to do everything she could to find this beautiful, precious kitty.  She and her husband continued the daily searches, posted signs and flyers in all the mailboxes, knocked on neighbors’ doors, put ads in the paper, and contacted vet clinics and animal shelters all over the area.  Two nights after she disappeared I did an animal communication session to see if I could help locate her, and this proved very interesting.  Apparently while she was out “mousing” the local fox that hangs around their property spotted her and began to chase her.  The word that she showed me was “RUN!!!!!!!!!!!”  And so she did.  And she kept on running trying to escape the fox, but in doing so her journey took her far away from home.  It was dark outside, but she managed to find a place to hide underneath a culvert of some type.  She crawled up into a hole within the rocks and was shaking and scared.  She showed me the fox as it scouted around in search of her.  She also showed me a dark truck, a road sign with a yield sign, and a house off in the distance with a light atop a tall pole.  She could hear dogs barking , too.  She asked me to tell Lisa to bring Mugsey, one of the dogs, with them because she knew he would scare off the fox.  Despite their efforts Lisa and her husband searched everywhere looking for these clues to no avail. 

Holding on to hope

Every day was agony.  Not being able to find your missing cat and the “not knowing” where she could be or what happened to her is probably the worst part of such a gut-wrenching experience.  Days turned into weeks with no sign.  Missing signs and more flyers in mailboxes were replaced with new ones.  As the weeks dragged by Lisa continued to hike around the mountain looking for any signs of Nilla.  We never gave up hope that she would turn up, and despite how much time had passed, I never got the feeling she had died. 

Fast forward to this past Thursday night.  Lisa received a voice mail from a wildlife rescue center in the middle of nowhere not far from Glenwood Springs, a town about thirteen miles away.  Apparently a lady brought in a cat resembling Nilla’s description the day before, and as they were checking their records of lost pets they came across Lisa’s report.  The next morning Lisa arrived at the center shortly after they opened and was escorted back to where they were keeping the cat.  At first Lisa couldn’t tell if it was Nilla or not because the room was a little dark.  However, when she called her name Nilla raised her head, looked at Lisa and let out a hoarse “meow” and began to drag herself to the cage door.  She was so weak she could barely raise her head much less walk.  Elated and relieved, Lisa sobbed tears of joy as she was miraculously reunited with Nilla.  It had been 61 days since she disappeared. 

How do you find a missing cat?

Nilla resting at the wildlife rescue center

The kind lady who ended up rescuing Nilla reported to the center that she had originally spotted her on her property around the end of June.  This lady lives 20 miles away from Lisa!  We have no idea how she got there.  She would put food and water out for her but Nilla wouldn’t let her get close enough to grab her.  She never actually saw Nilla eat the food but every morning the bowl was empty.  After weeks of trying the lady was finally able to grab her because Nilla was so weak she could no longer run away.  After a couple of days with the lady Nilla still didn’t want to eat and was extremely weak, so the lady brought her to the wildlife center for help. 

Lucky to be alive!

Finding a lost cat can be challenging

Nilla explores the exam room at the vet

Nilla’s condition was frightening.  She barely weighed 2 pounds (formerly 12); she was covered with sticker burrs and cactus needles; her fur was extremely matted and dirty; her back toenails had been ripped out along with one on her front paws; many of her teeth were broken; the skin around her mouth and ears were cracked and was falling off from severe dehydration.  A visit to the vet the following day surprisingly revealed almost perfect blood work and nothing that extra meals, proper hydration, and time wouldn’t fix.  Nilla’s also taking colloidal silver twice a day to build her immune system, Oak flower essence to help her emaciated body rebuild itself, and Aconite 30c homeopathy to help her body and organs “reset” themselves.  Her calm, curious demeanor, however, remained the same, and she is so happy to be reunited with her family.  She is truly a miracle! 

Technology can help you find a missing cat

Recently I attended SuperZoo, the largest trade show of the pet industry held in Las Vegas every year.  With Nilla’s disappearance in mind I was on the lookout for affordable, effective GPS tracker products for lost pets.  While there I came across a company called PABY that makes a small GPS tracker device that’s small enough for cats to wear on their collar.  I was so impressed with their product that I now carry these in The Boutique for Cats!  Their passion is connecting people with their pets.  For the grief and worry that comes with losing a cat, this technology could literally be a life-saver.  Here are some quick facts:

Connecting People With Their Pets

PABY is a real-time smart tracker that monitors a pet’s location and activity to provide owners with peace of mind when it comes to their pet’s safety and wellness.  Featuring an integrated GPS, LBS (location band service), and wireless technology (3G-WCDMA) that provide owners instant and accurate tracking no matter where their pets are.  PABY’s small, durable and waterproof design is available in a variety of colors and patterns to match the pet’s personality.  Plus, it comes with a mobile app that allows users to see custom reports and alerts, designate virtual fences and get daily exercise recommendations based on the pet’s breed, weight and age. 

PABY GPS trackers can find a lost cat

PABY GPS tracker attaches easily to any size collar

PABY Features

  • Location Monitoring:  Monitor your pet anywhere in the world with an integrated GPS, LBS and wireless technology
  • Virtual Fence:  Receive an alert on your phone when your pet leaves your set zone
  • Activity Monitoring:  Track steps, sleep and intensity of work out/play time
  • Attaches to any collar:  Attach PABY to any collar, regardless of size or material
  • Non-Toxic:  Keeping your pets safe from harmful chemicals used in other types of manufacturing
  • Flashing Lights:  LED flashing light (RGB) helps keep your pet safe at night
  • Speakers:  High fidelity waterproof speaker plays multiple sounds to alert you when your pet is nearby
  • Battery:  Charges easily with a secure snap-on/off magnetic power cable
  • Waterproof:  IP67 certification verifies PABY’s ability to withstand water
  • Built to last:  Durable construction featuring PC ABS, laser directing structuring, UV coating, and in-mold decoration

If you have a kitty who likes to go outside or who is an escape artist, you need a PABY tracker!  Check out the video below to see how it works.  You can get your cat’s very own tracker here.

 

I am so relieved that Nilla was able to survive in the Colorado mountains on her own for so long.  Clearly it wasn’t easy for her.  I don’t know how many lost cats out there are actually reunited with their families, but now technology makes it easier to keep an eye on them and make it possible for them to be found.  And who doesn’t love a happy cat ending?!

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