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Dec. 3rd, 2014 @ 08:20 pm Mikan was missing
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Our cats love to go outside. They have thick coats (Yuzu a tad more than Mikan, but still) and so are well-suited to roaming outside. It's like they're teenagers: they leave the house in the morning and only come home to eat and sleep. But we trained them: when they return when we call them, they get kitty candy. Yuzu is a bit less attentive in that respect, but Mikan comes running when we call her and clap our hands just outside our back door.
Yuzu has been staying out during the night this summer: while Mikan was already inside, Yuzu would not come when we called her and did not come back on her own. The first time this happened, we slept quite bad: everything you hear sounds like a mewing kitty just outside! But then we (sort-of) learned to trust her instincts and let her do her thing.
Now that the weather is getting (much!) colder, she often comes inside just before dark, which suits us fine! Sometimes she wants to go out again, but we simply keep her inside.

On Sunday, Yuzu returned as usual, but no matter how much we called for Mikan, she did not return. I roamed outside for a bit with a flashlight, but did not find her. With the nights bitterly cold, we were kind of worried, but in the end we had to go to sleep (I had to leave the house at 07:00 the next morning).
The next morning, there was still no sign of her. We were getting worried.

During the day, klik discovered that Mikan was actually in the back yard of our neighbours! We had heard our neighbour trying to keep his dog down as it chased after something in their back yard, but we had not realised it was Mikan.
There are fences on both side of their back yard, and a kitty that can climb can easily get away. But our cats never learned to climb -- something we don't mind that much, since it means that the kitchen counter tops are safe. But in this case, it meant that Mikan could not leave -- the gap between their back door and the ground is too small for even Mikan to squeeze through. She must have crept inside when the neighbour was walking his dog -- he probably left the door open then.
Luckily, our neighbours are about to throw away their old couches. They've put them in the back yard, and put plastic over them to protect them from the rain. Mikan had crawled in the gap between the couches, and had been able to find shelter in that way.

By the time I returned from my client (17:30), our neighbours still were not home. So we decided to stage a rescue ourselves. Using steps and ladders, I climbed over their back yard wall and was about to coax Mikan from her hiding place, when the neighbour returned.
She was quite alarmed to see the steps -- their house had been burglarised this summer -- but she relaxed when se saw klik standing there. We explained the situation, and she didn't mind us picking apart their couches at all. (They have pets themselves, they understand.)

Mikan was active and curious, so she didn't suffer any trauma. She did quickly dispatch her food, though! But after that, she settled down again and dozed off on the couch, as usual. Still, I hope she won't repeat this little adventure -- at least not until it's gotten warmer again!
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From:luna_puella
Date:December 4th, 2014 09:20 am (UTC)
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Oof, that must've been scary indeed! I'm glad she's home safe again. And extra glad that Bakar is an inside cat.
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From:fub
Date:December 4th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
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It had us worried for a bit, but then again Yuzu had been staying out some nights too. They're quite independent, and I was confident that she'd manage -- and she did!
Having an indoor cat is a lot more relaxed too, but they like it so much outside that we don't want to keep Yuzu and Mikan indoors -- they can roam freely in the park behind the house, so there's enough room for them there.
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From:babarage
Date:December 4th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Glad all turned out alright!
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From:fub
Date:December 5th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
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I was relieved when I saw that she had a little hidey hole to retreat to, out of the cold. And she is sufficiently fluffy!
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From:jwhoogakker
Date:December 8th, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Ik ben blij dat het weer goed is gekomen met jullie vriendinnetje! Voordeel van onze hond is dat hij nooit alleen naar buiten gaat. Dan wordt hij toch alleen maar geterroriseerd door de katten van de buren. De held ;-)

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From:fub
Date:December 8th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Ha! Dat zie je vaker, dat de katten de baas zijn. Maar deze keer was het toch andersom!
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