I don't know how to help my cat...

  1. I live in a townhouse community, and we have kids running in and out all day long. On Wednesday, our cat got outside for the first time. I gave it a day, thinking he'd come back home, and we put the word out in the neighborhood that he was out. On Friday, my husband and I were walking and heard a meow coming from the water drain in the parking lot. When my husband lifted the lid to the drain, the cat took off down the pipe, which is about the size of a basketball, so he had no way to try and get him. I haven't heard him meow at all today, and I'm getting worried. Does anyone know of anything I can do? I know that there's probably nothing I can really do but wait for him to find a way out, but it just kills me to think he's down there. He's such a sweet boy.....

  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    Have you tried luring him out with a can of really strong-smelling cat food or tuna? That usually works to get cats out of trees......seems it could be helpful here as well.
  4. by   Stitchie
    I don't have any suggestions other than tuna, but I hope your kitty comes home soon.

    Poor kitty...
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    wow I hope kitty comes home soon. HUGS>
  6. by   jkaee
    We've tried luring him out with food, but the problem is that we live in a large development, with 5 cul-de-sacs of houses, and the pipes run thru all of them, so I don't really know where he is. I go to all the ones in our neighborhood and call for him, but who knows where he is now. But if I hear him again, I'll try the tuna trick. Thanks!
  7. by   jaimealmostRN
    I am so sorry about your cat. If I were you I would contact the Fire dept. first(no don't call 911) but try to call the stationhouse number or the police station to see if they will help. I would also call your community news paper. It is a good human interest story and the fire dept. may be more likely to respond.
  8. by   jaimealmostRN
    oh also, can you leave the top off the drain pipe?
  9. by   memphispanda
    I certainly wouldn't leave the top off the drain--she said there are kids running around all the time, and that would be a huge hazard to them.

    Perhaps leaving some tuna near the pipe opening would lure him there and then you could get him? I would call whoever is in charge of the pipes (if it's the complex or the city) and see if they have any suggestions, although on a holiday weekend I guess you won't have much luck there.

    I hope you get him home soon. Indoor cats aren't well equipped for the dangers of outside.
  10. by   stevierae
    Yes, definitely the fire department, as suggested, and also the water company. Keep us updated! Animal control or the humane society may have some special rescue equipment, too.
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    Awww...Jennifer...I sure hope your kitty comes home soon. We have some rambunctious ones on this board don't we?
  12. by   Audreyfay
    Poor kitty. I'm thinking of you.
  13. by   AmyLiz
    One of my cats got out last year & was gone for about 3-4 weeks. He came back...a lot thinner, but in good shape. I'm sure yours will find his way home too! I feel for you though! I was a wreck while he was gone!
  14. by   jaimealmostRN
    Any progress OP? What did animal control/fire dept say? If they couldn't help on the holiday, try again tomorrow. I thought about your kitty all night, I hope he is OK. I'll be moving soon from an apt. to a townhouse with a yard. I wasn't sure if I should start letting my two cats outside, but now I know my answer, NO wAY!