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How do I get an cat back after she runs away if I know where she's at?

She is a rescue kitty from the neighborhood and I really adhore her. I know where she is outside and I have seen her. She is in heat so how to convince her to come back to me?

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    It's because she's in heat that she's run away so you may need to trap her to get her back. I'm assuming you've already tried to call her to you and lure her with food so call around local rescue groups and feral cat groups to see if one can lend you a humane trap for a cat. Your vet may also have one they can lend you. You put some food in the back of the trap and when the cat goes in to eat the food the door closes after them and they can't get out. Set up the trap with whatever her favorite food was as a lure and cover the trap with a towell. Go back regularly to check the trap and hopefully you'll find her in there. You may catch other cats first but keep trying and use different foods that she liked such as canned cat food, tuna etc. Once you get her back get her spayed asap and that will help stop her wandering. The ASPCA and many local rescue groups do low cost spay/neuter and should be able to help you if money is tight.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Sassy is right. She has run away because the urge to mate is the strongest feeling animals have-it's for "continuation of the species" and animals don't understand that their population is overwhelmingly out of control in our country. That's why it's important to have a cat neutered or spayed practically within minutes of rescue or adoption. Most reputable rescues or shelters won't even let their animals go until they are "fixed". Anyway, when I was trapping, I used the stinkiest, cheapest, oiliest wet food I could find, like the 35 cent a can stuff. It's odor goes the farthest and should attract your kitty back to you. You should be able to borrow a trap from your animal control officer (through the police dept.) or a local humane society. Place it under a tree or bush where you've seen her (if you put it on someone else's property, be sure to ask permission). Re-bait it frequently and check the drop-door. It needs to have a hair trigger or won't drop. Good luck. Let us know!
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