“Leave your door open and put a rotisserie chicken outside it….”
….what could go wrong….
why not litter box
Every vet will tell you to put their litter box outside because the cat will be able to smell and recognise it from far away so it helps them find their way home. I don’t understand this line at all.
Also rotisserie chicken? Wouldn’t the more logical option be to put out the food that your cat regularly eats so that they recognise it as their food and come find it? Also my cat’s food smells 10x stronger than a chicken so pretty sure they smell would travel much further…
Best idea I’ve seen
From just the headline, it reads like how to find a cat that’s lost indoors lol
So what should I do about all the rodents, possums and raccoons that I’m going to attract?
The timing is terrific ! I’ve literally lost my cat for 5 hours, i give up and went to reddit and saw this post in my homepage, try the stuff like putting a smelly food outside my window and there it was the little demon just came in, lol
Can confirm, cat got out once and was gone for days. Left the front door cracked open. It started to rain, cat walked in the door 5 minutes later like nothing was wrong.
Checks out. The orange tabby whom I serve got out. Left my bedroom window open and around that 2a to 4a timeframe, I heard something rustling outside. There she was, waiting for her leige to bring her inside.
This sounds like a great way to get a raccoon or something in my house. Leave a rotisserie chicken out all night with the door/window open, what could possibly go wrong?
Smelly food like rotisserie chicken? I would just set out a can of stinky canned cat food
Who’s vetting this stuff?
Can anyone just make up some bullshit about whatever they want, put it on a colourful background, and call it a day? No sources or anything, and many advice that’s just weird af (rotisserie chicken?)
With regard to the first point…If your neighborhood has a high volume of outdoor cats, your missing indoor cat could easily be farther away than 3-5 houses after getting chased by territorial cats. I went through this a year ago. Walked miles and miles every day for weeks. Only clue we ever had was hearing a cat fight late the night he went missing. Little guys been missing since.
We have 2 cats and we live in the city where there are a lot of stray cats. They always avoid people except there was this one small cat. My wife and I would set out food for it and everything and it was the most friendly street cat. One day, one of our cats gets out and we don’t notice until that night. We live on the second floor so we didn’t expect it to jump or fall. I go out to find my cat and this cat comes racing down the street towards Me and starts meowing like crazy.
It’s always done one or two as a “hello” but it was going nuts and then it went down another street like 20 feet running and then stops, turns around and meows at me. I kept calling my cats name and this cat came back to me meow screams and runs back down the road 20 feet. I followed it and it would walk right in front of me and I kept following it and it just stops at the next corner and meows at me. I think nothing of it and call my cats name and I hear another meow. It’s my cat. The building has a little undercut ledge on the bottom that goes in like 1.5 feet at the base. My cat was there, crawled underneath, terrified.
This friendly little street cat led me to my cat. The only thing we can think of it smelled my cat and knew my smell so when it saw me yelling, put 2 and 2 together. We brought it in for a night and fed it well and played with it. It really wanted back out though so we let it back out. After a few weeks, it was gone. Was such a sweet cat. Not sure why I shared that huge story, but just reminded me of that.
Walk home in dirty socks and no shoes. They should pick up your scent and find their way back.
My beloved cat slipped out the door while we were bringing in groceries ~5 years ago. We ended up finding him a month later. Some of the steps in recovering him included:
-printing and posting over 300 fliers in a ~1mile radius. This led to over 30 calls from helpful neighbors who had trapped similar-looking gray tabby cats in their cars or apartments.
-cat food, litter box and baby monitors left outside our front door: very effective at luring other pets but not ours.
-pet psychic: yes they exist. They gave us some incredibly vague advice that at least served as motivation to keep looking.
-pet detective: yes, they also exist. The one we called was traveling from one state over with her scent-tracking hounds but got in a car accident en-route.
-live trap: managed to catch two other neighborhood cat and one very angry raccoon.
All said and done, we found him after exactly a month away from home. He had traveled over a mile away and ended up under the deck of a family with a cat and dog door, so he was most likely eating their pet’s food. They had seen one of the last posters we had put up in one of the furthest neighborhoods that we searched. I wouldn’t recommend for or against any of the measures we tried, but I’ll say instead:
Try more than one thing and don’t give up.
Leaving a door or window open is asking for the raccoons to come in.
I can attest to them wanting to get back in through the window they came out.
My cat did that exact thing. She escaped through the screen window in my terrace-level apartment, freaked out, and broke *into* my neighbor’s terrace-level screen because she couldn’t tell which was the one she left. That’s the one downside of an apartment complex, I think. There are just no distinct visual cues for your pet to recognize your door from anyone else’s.
I’ve found lost cats in other complexes before, and they’re always, always by doors or stairs. The wrong doors and stairs, but they don’t know that because it literally all looks the same. Probably a place where a home-smell-y thing will do the most good is at a place where everything else is the same.
rotisserie chicken? I’m going to catch the homeless
Imagine somebody walking at like 3am with cooked chicken in their hands and softly going “pspsps”.
food is the key to a cats heart..
Play YT videos of kittens crying loudly.
Cats are instinctively curious when they hear that sound and will come to investigate. It’s worked twice on 2 different cats that had escaped into my neighborhood.
Our deaf kitty got out and we found her with a flashlight in a corner of the crawlspace completely inaccessible by humans and we could not convince her to come out. We ended up opening a hole in the floor and leaving it open one night with a can of tuna near it and that’s how we finally got her back in the house.
Dont leave food out, it will attract other animals. Leave a favorite blanket animals bed out and some water.
This post sponsored by the rotisserie chicken company
This is… mostly useless. The points about them hiding and usually returning around that timeframe checks out, in my experience. But this dismisses the litter box that’s widely reported to help without explanation, tells people to put out rotisserie chicken to attract all kinds of other animals to your backyard that may scare your cat away, and reads like the person isn’t willing to put any effort into finding the cat. Go put posters up in nearby public spaces, at nearby stoplights, post on Nextdoor, ask neighbours to let you know if they see anything in their yards. Walk around whenever you can, not just at nighttime.
As someone who went through this recently, your odds are a lot better if you’re not lazy and do stuff that “probably won’t do anything.”
If they just got out, getting a cup half filled with dry food and shaking it can also attract them. That had helped me a lot as a kid, cause the cat I grew up with always escaped, and we had to get her back quick cause there were a lot of free roaming dogs in the area
What kind of unit is a house radius? What if my house isn’t a cylinder?
Can confirm. Lost cat for two days. Searched the neighborhood for both days. Way larger radius than I should have.
He was one house over underneath a neighbors deck. I only saw him because I decided to think outside the box and just take a look in window wells and places like that. Saw his eyes shine in the night with the flashlight. Boom. Called his name. Came right out like nothing was wrong.
OK OK, but for real, my former outdoor cats are now indoor cats (going on 3 years) because we moved into a more urban setting. When they were outdoor cats we had the need to be able to find them occasionally so we purchased the Loc8tor cat tracker collar. 2 for like $60 back then. They still wear them in the new house just in case they do manage to get out, and our grandkids love to track them down in the house. I just change the battery once a year, it works great.
Seriously, this has to be one of the worst guides I’ve seen here. Just put some chicken outside and leave the door open, it’ll be fine. But definitely DO NOT do the one thing every vet recommends, which has been shown to work repeatedly. This should be considered an anti-guide in how to get cats back.
This reads like a ritual to invite some kind of demon into your house.
“leave this door open from 2 to 4 am but DO NOT LEAVE LITTERBOX OUTSIDE”
why not leave litter box out?
i have heard people say to DO leave it out
I don’t see how feeding the raccoons at 10PM helps get your cat home safe, but who am I to question the wisdom of r/coolguides?
Why should you not put out the litter box?
That’s not accurate at all. They do not stay within 5 houses, they do not only come out late at night, you do not want to put smelly food because you’ll attract other animals, you do want to put the litter box out so the cat can smell their smell to find their way home.
This is completely wrong and should be taken down.
This needs to be taken down, it is wilfully misinformed and will cause people to lose their cats for sure if they follow this.
Every time I feed my cats I ring a bell. It was very successful to call him back when one of them went missing.
Can confirm, the one time my indoor cat got out, she was excited for a moment, then immediately hid under a lawn chair and cried until I found her. Wimpy baby.
Send help I have 300 cats outside my door feasting on a rotisserie chicken from Costco
“-around 10pm set out smelly food like rotisserie chicken”
Guide to help find all cats…also, dogs. Raccoons, gators, flies, etc.
This is a good guide to find your lost cat. And another. And another. And another…
Hang on I don’t get it, putting out the litter box is one of the standard practices in these situations. Do we know why this photo suggests against it?
Nah. Just stand at your door and shake the treats bag.
(Seriously. This is 100% all you need to do.)
I lost my cat that grew up feral, so I had to go all out to get her back cuz she reverted and wouldn’t walk inside herself. 50 dollar cat trap, fish sauce, kibble, and months of patience. Fish sauce has a big delicious stank and will attract animals for miles. Caught a skunk and two opossums before I caught her! She was literally 3x as big and muscular as fuck with a wicked scar on her face from all the street fighting she did, screaming at me from the cage, wasn’t sure if it was my cat. Brought her inside and she turned into a sweet kitten again. Miss that crazy cat.
If the cat is familiar with canned food, rather than calling for them walk up and down the street snapping the tab on a can. That’s how I used to call my cats in at night. The sound really carries.
My sister’s cat got out. She was freaking out because they lived in a fairly rural area at the time and thought a coyote or something got it. It was gone for four days. Then it rained, and the poor kitty noped right out of the weather and back to the doorstep.
Go out and call them, walking the neighborhood. Be loud! They know your voice. Call, stop and listen for their cries. They may be too scared to come out from under a porch, or have gotten trapped inside a garage. But they know you and miss you. Bring a can opener and make can opener noises as you walk and call.
I found 2 cats by leaving a baby monitor next to a tin of tuna on my porch and staying up all night. Worked pretty well!
If I remember correctly you’re not suppose to gef them wet or feed them after midnight.
Why not the litter box?
i don’t think putting the litter box out would have been something i’d do. but curious, why is that a hard line no-no?
will they end up using it outside and then think, okay, i’m safe out here – outside is where i can live?
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