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Our Kitty Is Missing :(

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We got a new kitten in August. He is a special breed that is much less likely to cause allergies. He has been such a blessing to Greg, me and our children. Our son is very allergic to cats – we never thought we would be able to have a cat – so Silver has been such an incredible blessing to all of us.

I saw Silver this morning – put him out of the great room (while Greg was taking the children to school) because he kept getting on the counters and I didn’t want him to get burned on the hot stove.

Greg and I are so careful when we come in and out of the house – because Silver did bolt outside once about a month ago. And we don’t ever want him to get outside. He is only an inside cat. He is so friendly, affectionate, vocal, playful and lovable. We are all completely smitten with him.

Greg and I went shopping this morning for a few hours for our almost 8 year old daughter’s birthday party – which is tomorrow. Β Her real birthday is December 28, but no one has ever been able to come to a party for her birthday because the timing of her birthday is very difficult for friends to make it. So, for the first time, she let me schedule a birthday party that was not on her actual birthday. Β When we came home, we couldn’t find Silver. We looked and looked – in every nook and cranny. He is usually very responsive when we call and he comes running when we open the door. We haven’t seen him at all. We looked outside, just in case he got out without our noticing. We have spent hours and hours looking. He’s not in the dishwasher, the washer, the dryer, the drawers, closets, cabinets, under beds, behind or under furniture. He hasn’t come out all day. He hasn’t eaten or used the litter box.

We looked in the trees and behind and under bushes and cars over and over in our yard and neighbors’ yards. Greg went under the house and under the deck. Β It baffles us. It just seems like he disappeared. We are both so very sad!

I put food, water and towels on the front and back porches – it will be cold tonight. But he is built for cold weather, if he is outside.

The children are at their grandparents’ house tonight. They don’t know about Silver being missing. They will be devastated when they find out.

I know this may seem small compared to some much more significant problems. But – we would appreciate prayers for wisdom, that we might find Silver alive and well and that we would have God’s wisdom if we need to tell our children about this and how and when tomorrow.

 

I know God is sovereign. I know He can use even this for good. I know that not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of God. I know God knows where Silver is and how he is doing. I know He can provide for him. The whole thing reminds me of the parable of the lost coins and the lost sheep and the lost son. We sure want to have a big celebration when Silver comes back to us. We love him and miss him so much! I have cried a lot of tears today!

And how much more God loves each of us! I feel like I get to feel just a teeny fraction of the grief God experiences when we are lost and far from Him as I think about Silver and don’t know where he is and just want to hold him and take care of him again. Isn’t that what God longs to do with each of us, His precious children

Much love!

 

 

38 thoughts on “Our Kitty Is Missing :(

  1. Oh!!!! I am praying for precious Silver… That he will find his way home… God loves His little animals as much as we do and He knows how important he is to you. Praying for a quick and safe return to little Silver.

  2. πŸ™ !!!!!

    Praying for you to find Silver!!!!

    We lost our beloved cat once. We put posters up everywhere for her and eventually we got a call from a house about a block away from us from a family who took her in. I think she was gone for a few weeks, but thank God we got her back! If you haven’t done that already, I recommend you do so ASAP!

    Prayers for this cat blessing to return to the precious servants whom he has blessed so much!

  3. Oh April! I am praying for Silver’s safe return!!! I’m sure he is around somewhere. This happened actually once to an ex of mine and we spent days looking for his cat who was solely and indoor cat. The whole time he was hidden in a bush right outside the front door. I wish and pray that you will have a similar story!! Definitely keep the food and water out. ❀️ Good luck!!

  4. Oh dear! I’m praying you will find your kitty. It’s encouraging that you remind us of God’s goodness even at this time.
    My cat “disappeared” once. I looked everywhere. I finally found her sleeping on TOP of the kitchen cabinets. She had never gone up there before, to my knowledge. I will keep praying for you. Please keep us posted.

  5. Oh, the poor baby! One idea is to go around tomorrow and ask your neighbors if they could check their garages or sheds that may have been open. I had a kitty that was forever too curious for her own good, BUT it was an excellent way God made me get out and talk to my neighbors. Love you April. I will pray you find her soon. The furry kids are such a special blessings for families!

  6. Praying for Silver’s safe return! My kitty was gone for two weeks and found his way home (he had never been out before), and I believe Silver will do the same. May God provide him with a warm place to sleep tonight, and may He guide his path back to your door.

  7. He may have gotten locked in someone else’s garage or even home! This has happened to our cats before. We don’t let our cats out ever anymore either because of coyotes. Will pray you find your kitty. It’s always such an empty feeling to lose a pet. They become part of your life.

  8. Did you check the attic? Or the pound/ animal shelter?
    I hope you find her! Maybe door knock your neighbours and ask if they had seen her?

  9. Hi April; so sorry that Silver is missing. Will pray for you guys. I would suggest that if he isn’t already microchipped, you get that done the moment you lay hands on the little furry angel again. It’s usually inexpensive to do so. Many vets scan incoming animals, esp. purebreds, as do the pounds, for information on who the animal may already belong to. And the poster idea as well as door knocking is a good one as well, esp. if you give posters to the local school and daycare – who usually brings home stray animals? Let the pound know right away that your cat is missing and that he belongs to little kids who love him and who have allergies, otherwise it’s too easy for people to go tsk tsk and forget about it right away. I hope the little guy turns up soon πŸ™‚ hugs

  10. April,

    I know how your heart grieves! My sweet Myrtle was gone once for five days. Then my husband walked into our bedroom with her in his arms and I thought my heart would burst with relief and joy. I think a tomcat had trapped her in the pole barn up on top of one of the poles and she was afraid to come down. Definitely look UP in trees and such to see if she might be huddling somewhere too afraid to move. I’ll pray for her and you. Much love and a big hug!

  11. I am so sorry about your kitten Silver! My family and I got a kitten in September. His name is Teddy and I know exactly how you feel. Teddy has been such a wonderful edition to our family. I will pray for Silver and your family. Thank you for saying how the Lord feels the same when we stray as I have strayed. Your site is a wonderful connection!
    God Bless you and your family and I’ll be praying for the safe return of Silver.

  12. praying for Silver’s safe return. We used to let our cats out but with neighborhood dogs and cars we keep them inside but also have built catios on our back porch (enclosed back porch) so they can get some outside time. I have many stories of how God protected our critters through tornadoes (2 of them in the same house), etc. It might be easier to you go looking for her at night with a strong flashlight. That way you can see the eyes light up.

  13. Sorry you lost your kitty πŸ™
    I trust that you’ll be sharing the good news of his return soon.
    I didn’t know there were cats that were “inside” cats…(but I know very little about animals anyway).
    I hope he’s found so the birthday party will be all joy…. (interesting about having your daughter’s birthday so far in advance…..) ..I don’t want you to have to tell the kids he’s missing πŸ™

  14. I’m so sorry Silver is missing. Even our small requests matter! My pastor says, “If it means something to you, it means something to God.” And I think that is true.

    I have been praying for Silver’s safe return and wisdom for you and Greg concerning telling the children as well as God’s comfort for your children.

  15. Oh, April! πŸ™ I have prayed that you find Silver safe and sound! We have cats as well as our dog and love them dearly, they bring so much joy and comfort to our lives. And I do think if we care, God does, too.

    May Silver return home to you & yours soon!

  16. Praying for the safe return of Silver. I have a dog and know how devastated I would be if he were missing. Prayers for a happy ending and hopefully he is just very good at hiding in your house.

  17. I’m praying for the return of your sweet Silver as well! We have experienced a lost pet in our family too. It is a terrible feeling!

    -Heather

  18. I’m so sorry, April! My son’s turtle escaped this summer from his pen outside (we bring him inside every night) but I found him the next morning. We had looked absolutely everywhere the night before, but by some miracle we found him. I hope you find your kitty. I do know that cats are very good at finding their way home. I’m praying for you.

  19. Praying for Silver and his swift return to your family. Sending angels out to find him and lead him back to you.
    I had a dog that went missing for almost a week. when she returned home, following her were 4 puppies. She must have found them in the woods and were protecting them

  20. Thank you all so very much for the encouragement, prayers, love, friendship and support!

    We have still not found Silver. We have seen no trace of him. It is so baffling to us. We didn’t see him escape. But we have turned the house upside down many, many times and cannot find him inside. We have put up flyers and a reward all over the neighborhood. Contacted the police and shelters. He is microchipped. We put out food at the front and back doors, and clothing with our scent, and things with his scent on them. We have checked the storm drains, the trees, the bushes, the roofs, under cars, in the daytime, at night time over and over with flashlights. We have made food trails with dry food in the yard. We have called to him and brought his favorite toys out.

    Not one sign of him yet.

    Sat morning, before I went to work, Greg and I went to his parents’ house to tell our children the sad news that Silver was missing and we had no idea where he was or how he got out of the house or if he was outside or inside. It was very painful for all of us. The kids helped Greg look and look while I went to work.

    We had Haley’s early birthday party Saturday afternoon. She did have a wonderful time with her friends. Greg and I were so thankful that the news about Silver didn’t completely ruin her party. She and her brother have been very sad – of course. But they have also shown great strength and courage.

    We are talking with the children about that it may be days or weeks before Silver shows up. And we are praying about it. Wow, this hurts!

    Thank you so much for sharing your suggestions and your stories and for reaching out to us.

    I am praying that God might use this for His purposes and His glory somehow. I am thankful He is able to bring great good from this painful situation. I keep reminding myself that I can rest in God’s peace, love and sovereignty. And I keep reminding myself and our children to just focus on today.

    Many neighbors helped with the search today. That was a wonderful blessing.

    Y’all are such a gift to me. Thank you for your friendship and love!

  21. I am very sorry to hear about the stress this has caused your family.
    Something to keep in mind: It is unnatural for animals to be kept inside a house 24/7. I know that people have done this for a couple of decades, but animals were created to be outdoor creatures. They want to smell the outdoors, climb on fences, trees, watch for birds, be the way they were made to be. We have had two outdoor cats that were always around for plenty of petting, but they lived such a full life exploring the neighborhood and having their freedom.

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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