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Biko likes to sit on the patio. Since it's a second-floor balcony, we usually let her out for about an hour or until she bats at the door to let us know she wants back in.

I let her out this evening around 2045 and when I went to let her back in, she wasn't on the patio. Went through the house. (One of the patio doors opens into the master bedroom from outside and she's pushed it open to let herself in before.) No Biko. Bubby came out curious that I was meowing and calling for Biko. Went out around the building with a flashlight and some cat treats. Still no Biko.

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edit 0030: Vogon woke up so I told him what happened. He chastised me for letting her go on the patio; apparently I wasn't supposed to let her because she's been upset with us ever since Bubby joined the household. I'm upset that I don't remember being told she couldn't go out -- and if she couldn't, why did he let her out on other occasions? I hope she comes home because he loves her so much, but I don't know why she'd jump off a second-floor balcony. She's been out there countless times since I've lived here without doing that.

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ex_passerine551
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Do you think she could be on the roof? Is there anyway, perhaps, that she jumped onto the railing and then over onto another awning/overhang/something and then up? ( not a very good explanation of what I'm trying to say...tired.....)

I do hope she comes home soon! keeping my paws crossed...
oddharmonic
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
I don't think she could get to the roof. Even if she climbed up the side of the building somehow, the roof has an 18" overhang. The patios and balconies are recessed into the side of the building and the only awnings are over the sidewalk from the building to and surrounding the parking area, at least 20 feet away from our balcony.

I put a dish of dry food outside our front door before I went to bed with her favorite treats on top. Sometime overnight some animal had a nibble and some of the treats, but I don't know if it was her. I think she's hiding out somewhere until the painters outside leave for the day.

About five years ago she snuck by Vogon going out the front door and was gone for two weeks. He was sick over it at the time, but he says she was enjoying her freedom.
caseofme
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh I hope she comes home and is okay. *Hugs*
alarin612
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
This happened to us.
When we first got our dog, our cats did this, too. They stayed in the neighborhood, though, and found a home they liked. Eventually we brought them back inside and made them inside cats.

Here's my suggestion, which is essentailly an abreviated version of what took us a while:

1. Set food outside for your cat, and get friendly neighbors to do the same.

2. Catch your kitty, bring him inside, keep him there. Keep the dog away from it- give them two seperate "zones of influence." For ours, the cats stayed downstairs and the dog stayed upstairs.

3. Let things settle. Over the course of several months, our cats started moving about again, learning to avoid the dog but staying inside.

From a fellow cat-lover, good luck.
oddharmonic
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: This happened to us.
Thanks for the advice.

We've been a two-cat household since January. They've worked out pretty clear territories and have separate food and water dishes, so I figured they were getting along as well as could be expected. (She's very proper and possessive; he's extremely laid back and tolerates Laurel dressing him up.)

I put food outside last night and someone came by and ate some of it. She got out once about five years ago and Vogon found her sitting on the stairs outside two weeks later.
rainingvodka
Oct. 1st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I hope you find her/she comes home and she's OK.

I let abby out on the balcony sometimes too -- exact same situation. i can't imagine why she would jump off and i can't imagine why Biko would either.

*hugs*
oddharmonic
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
She's gotten out once before and came home two weeks later, so I'm hoping she returns again this time.

Vogon thinks that Biko had a half-baked idea to jump, then realized she couldn't go back the way she came. She doesn't frequently climb or jump on/off things, but when she does it's pretty impressive. About a month after we got the 5' high cat tree, she got onto the top of the highest segment. I heard her meowing as she tried to figure out how to get down. (She downclimbed using her claws around the side until she could drop to the next level, but it several minutes elapsed between when I ran in to her loud meowing and when she did that. I was getting ready to go into the other room to grab my camera.)
phoena
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry! I hope you find her soon! Libby snuck out through the gap in our fence one day when we didn't notice the boards had fallen down, and I was so worried, but luckily she came right back (and we plugged the gap again). Now I never let her out without verifying the gap is plugged. Thankfully she's never shown any interest in jumping the fence, and hopefully she never will. There is plenty in the backyard for her to enjoy.

Good luck! ~fingers crossed~

may_lyn
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
thinking good kitty thoughts for you, babes.
revme
Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Poor kitty. My kitties have done stuff like this, too, though, so I don't know if there's a need to worry too much. But still, stressful! *hug*
oddharmonic
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Biko got out once several years ago and was gone for two weeks. Other than that she's been an indoor cat for the nine years she's been with Vogon.

Hopefully we'll see her in a few days.
radixx
Oct. 2nd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Any word yet? I certainly hope she's home by now!
oddharmonic
Oct. 2nd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Not yet! Vogon surprised a cat eating from the dish of dry food we set outside the door, but it was one of the outdoor cats (stray? not sure, although one is definitely feral) we've seen around before. I went out and talked to it from the far end of the stairs, but it was uninterested in me and walked away.

Bubby does not like being home alone (sans Biko) when we take Laurel to catch the bus or I go to lunch with Vogon. He's been getting up and following me around the house instead of staying wherever he's sitting or lying down. Poor baby.
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