I have a cat which was at my place since its birth and we looked after him.

Recently a neighbour had problems with him, so we had to leave him at a fish market around 2 kms from our home. But now I'm missing him and want him back, so I went to the fish market to search for him but couldn't find him.

Is the any chance that he will come back on his own? We had left him before, but to a place very close to our home, and he came back in 4 days. Are there any chances that the same thing will happen again? I just want him back. Do cats come back on their own?


Abandoning a pet is illegal in many jurisdictions, and it is a betrayal of the trust your pet places in you. Apparently you've done this twice now. Pets usually do not have the skills they need to survive, and they will likely suffer from hunger or thirst, be hit by a car, die in a fight when he strays into another cat's territory, or endure some other tragedy. If your cat is lucky, perhaps someone else has adopted him.

I don't know if your cat will be able to find his way home. I don't have any good suggestions about how to find him, except that I once read that pets tend to wander in ever-increasing spirals as they look for home. I wish you the best of luck.

If your pet has behavioural problems; these can usually be sorted. Talk to your vet for advice, and ask for help on a site like this one. A pet is a responsibility.

If in the future, you find yourself with a pet you can't keep, the ASPCA has some advice on how to handle the situation humanely. Specifically, you should do your utmost to find a new home for your pet (talk to your veterinarian, dog walker, pet sitter, friends, family, co-workers, etc.). If all else fails should you place your pet in a shelter. Under no circumstances should you abandon your pet.

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    "perhaps someone else has adopted him" either that or he's adopted someone else. I know several people who will put food out for cats they see wandering about. The next thing you know, those cats have decided that they have a new owner.
    – Spidercat
    Sep 10 '14 at 18:52

Cats have been known to travel long distances to get home, sometimes hundreds of miles. On the other hand, cats also can revert to a kind of survival mode and not try and return home when frightened and only a few houses or blocks away.

You might want to try a more sustained search near where he was left, in case he has gone to ground there.


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