Remember Sox the tuxedo cat, my sister’s cat that went missing for 10 months? He looked a bit rough at the shelter, as you can imagine after being missing for 10 months. His sleek fur was dirty and a bit ruffled. He needed a good grooming!
Here’s a bonus photo of Sox in his hidey hole, among some stuffed toys.
Thanks to my sister for sharing her photos with me and telling me about Sox’s adventure! Anyone who’s had a pet go missing can take heart from Sox’s story.
There are examples of cats and dogs showing up after long times and great distances, but they always seem a bit like fairy tale animals until one turns out to be the pet of a family member or yourself.
Here’s a photo of Sox enjoying some bird watching out the window.
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Is not Liberty the supreme ideal for a cat?
I thought it might be tuna, but, yes, there is something to liberty!
What a lucky cat!
Absolutely! It’s still amazing to me that he showed up at all.
So wonderful that Sox is home and he will be a beauty again in no time. How is he getting along with the new kitty.
Molly and Sox tolerate each other, and agree on one point: “we don’t particularly care for children, but we love our human!” The main thing is they quickly established where they wanted to be in the house, and let the other cat have his or her piece of the place without drama. My sister really lucked out there!
Sox is one lucky cat!
Wow, he looked pretty rough in that first picture! I am happy for your sister. I hope her female cat is being nice to sox now.
My sister said he had really dirty fur, with stains in the white part. I imagine he got some minimal grooming at the shelter – a bath – before they advertised him on their website. He also got some veterinary care, routine shots and a check up while there. My sister said she had to pay a $180 fee to pick him up, and that was what that was mostly about. Since she was offering a reward for his return, she was more than happy to pay the shelter fee.
That fee is ridiculously high! Is not the shelter’s purpose to find loving homes for their animals? How could they charge such a high fee to reunite the original owner with the pet? I know she did not mind paying it but they took advantage of her. They should be ashamed. They should get the bulk of their funding from punitive fines put on animal abusers. I wonder where that money goes?
Can’t answer any of those questions…! Locally, you pay $25 for a shelter cat, and that’s refunded once you give proof of neutering/spaying and vaccination for the standard things required here. One difference there: since this is a no kill shelter, some of the animals were there for extended time while medical issues were dealt with, for example, and other things. They got their shots and a check up in that $180 as well.
Our no kill shelter does the same as yours. I understand that the shelters need funding to take care of these animals properly but I still say that they took advantage of your sister and they are just wrong doing that. I am just glad that your sisters heart was healed by getting Sox back. I just think its a shame, thats all. Where does your sister live?
Seattle. She doesn’t feel it was unreasonable and was prepared to give a reward for his return as it was.
I thunks so, too! Thanks!
He is a pretty kitty, I am glad she found him. That was a long time.
Tuxedo cats are very handsome cats, I think, too! After Sox disappeared, my sister found another tuxedo cat — Molly — and adopted her. Now she has two tuxedo cats, and they look a lot alike.
I am happy for your sister. I know what it is to lose a beloved cat.
Aren’t we all? Whether this way or through death, loss of a pet is difficult.
That is so, Doug. I’ve wept over a number of beloved cats and dogs. In some ways it tugs my heart strings than humans deaths. I teasingly told my dad once that he loved his dog more than his kids. He returned, “My dog treats me better than my kids.” Ouch.
I’m a sucker for happy endings.
Me, too! Sox’s reappearance was hoped for, but he went missing in a wooded area behind the house my sister’d just moved to. Soc was used to spending a part of his day outside at the old place, and he apparentyly became disoriented at the new place or decided to go exploring. Whatever it was, there was concern coyotes might kill him if street traffic didn’t. It was a rough 10 months for my sister– and Sox!
It gives me hope for my cat’s son, who lives with the folks next door. He was/is a rascal, but we so much hope he turns up, like a bad penny, one day. But, there have been reports of 2 dogs roaming the streets of my town, and they’ve killed some sheep and a goat at a property near me, so maybe little Thug won’t be alive.
My sister checked area shelters daily for the 10 months. She talked with all her new neighbors about the missing Sox. She posted “missing cat” reward posters around the area where she lived. I hope your son has a similar happy ending…be sure to tell us if something comes up!
Cats are far more ferocious than sheep and usually fight off dogs with their sharp claws on the dog’s nose. With clever dogs it takes ONE.
This is true. When I was in Kindergarten, I witnessed three dogs kill a kitten. Survival depends a lot on experience and size, too. when Sox disappeared, he was a cat with outdoor experience.
A kitten is more vulnerable – and three are a mob.
Yes on both counts.
Good luck, Yvonne. Hope your kitty is OK.
Amen! AND let us know if the kitty shows up art some point.
It’s not my cat, but I do like him very much … he’s very cheeky! It would be wonderful if he turned up one day.
I know what you mean. Though I don’t approve of letting cats free range, I do enjoy seeing certain neighborhood cats from time to time when they come to visit.