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How to find a lost cat: Unique method proves to be surprisingly effective

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By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

We all know that cats love to look down on their human owners with disdain, but we never think they’re actually going to turn their tails up on us and leave, especially when we hold all the bargaining chips as their ever-loving carers who lavish them with pats, warmth, and never-ending bowls of food and water.

Still, despite all our love and affection, there are felines who are desperate to get out there and explore, and with little regard for the feelings of humans, they can be gone for hours, days, or weeks, without even stopping to consider the worry and concern they’re creating back home.

That’s what happened to Japanese Twitter user @charlie0816 recently, when their beloved cat escaped and didn’t return home for two days. However, this story has a happy ending, thanks to the use of an unusual method found on Twitter, which @charlie0816 now wants to share with pet owners around the world.

“My cat escaped two days ago and didn’t return, but somebody on Twitter said, ‘Talking to cats in the neighborhood and saying to them, ‘If you see my cat, please tell it to come home’ is an effective technique.’ So last night, I went to the local convenience store and gave it a try by speaking to the stray cats there, and then this morning our cat returned to the front of our house. Um…is it seriously this effective?”

Skeptics might be quick to jump to conclusions, pointing out that there could be any number of reasons explaining why the cat returned home, and that the timing was just sheer coincidence.

However, what surprised everyone was the number of responses from other people who said they had similar results with their own lost pets after speaking to stray animals in the area, leaving us wondering if this method might really just work.

“My mother did the same thing for a child who lost their cat after just two days of having it. She told the strays the story and the cat returned the next day!”

“I went looking for my cat with a tin of cat food and when a stray crossed my path, I fed and spoke to it and my cat returned within the hour.”

“When I lost my cat, one of the strays passed our house so I asked it if it knew where my cat was. It meowed and then walked slowly towards the storehouse and meowed in front of it. Then I heard my cat meowing back from inside!”

“Our cat disappeared on the day we moved into our new place and was missing for a week. I asked a stray for its help and the next day the stray came back with my cat. I was dumbfounded!”

”Our dog disappeared so I asked a pet cat to help find it, and then a few minutes later it came back with our dog. I was freaked out and impressed at the same time!”

These were just a small sample of dozens of testimonies attesting to the effectiveness of talking to cats when searching for lost animals. Could it really be just a coincidence in all these cases? Or do pets only seek to return when they fear they might be losing their human servants to feline competition in the neighborhood?

We may never get the answers to these mysteries, but if you do find yourself looking for a lost animal in future, this might just be a method worth trying out. After all, cats do seem to know – and see – a lot more than we do, and sometimes when we talk to them they even talk back, proving that they really can understand our verbal cues!

Source: Twitter/@charlie0816 via Hachima Kikou

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Clearly the scent of the owner must be transferred to the stray and when the other cat picks up on that remembers the owner and comes home.

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When a cat is lost, she does wander around the streets.

But when a dog is lost, he wanders around the forest or somewhere isolated from people. Don't know why when people believe the myth that dogs have strong smell plus good memory that he can come back home. But poor dog, he sniffs like an idiot in the forest/big bushy park.

This is happening at most of the countryside where rich and semi rich people live. They put the big banner of their lost dog. It's really hard to find. It's really sad.

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Though we have never met, my neighbor's cat is often watching me from the second story window. I am sure cats are very observant and seem to enjoy interacting with and pleasing humans.

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way too low tech. Embed an rfid microchip and if it gets lost, launch a tracking drone with copious quantities of catnip

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When I lived with my parents back in the UK we often used to get a phone call at last orders time from a pub 5 minutes round the corner, asking us to come and collect our cat who'd been there all evening. He just loved being around people and the first time I went to get him he was rolling around on the bar like a right tart! They're funny creatures.

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well i think i've the most strange cat ever she love to hide and never move even if called her or brought her treat, had to put a bell on her so i can hear where she is still its hard to find her when shes in bad mood lol

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Oh me, this is ridiculous. Everybody knows that you should talk to animals. I do it all the time. Wild birds, snakes, and of course pets! Why, right now, I'm talking to my dog. She understands English and a bit of Japanese. Chinese is hard for her though.

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Evidence that animals are telepathic and pick up on our thoughts. We are too, but most of us are in denial about it.

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Jim, somehow I know what you're saying,,,

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