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do cats leave the home when they know they are going to die

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my friends cat is 16 and she is moving.He is an indoor/outdoor cat and now has been missing for 5 days.I heard cats leave the home when they are ready to die. Is this the case or should other options be looked at?thank you.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  hhusted replied 10 years ago.
In many cases, if a cat is sick and knows he or she is dying, the cat will go off to find a hiding place to be alone. Being your cat is 16, depending on health of cat, this could be the case. However, I cannot ascertain that without further info from you. Was cat sick for a time? Has cat left for days before?

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