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That is a possibility, but the chances are that your boy Monkey is hiding not too far from home, still within his territory. If you can head out to search via flashlight again to search in bushes and surrounding neighboring properties (with permission) I think it would be worth it. The chances are that he will find water and drink long before he becomes dehydated, but that will also depend on just how bad he is feeling, and how easy it might be for him to find water (along with how hot it currently is).
Hopefully he has a microchip so that if he does wander outside of his territory and become lost (that is very unlikely), that if he is found and taken into a shelter or vet clinic, than can scan him and reunite him with you.
Please see if you can leave a window open for him ( or just make sure his cat door is unlocked if he has one ) so he can wander back inside if he does come home.
All the best with Monkey,
No problem and I will have my fingers crossed for you overnight! If he doesn't come home overnight, the best next step is to follow up with all of the surrounding neighbours.
Sorry I can't currently take a live phone call!
All the best,
No problem at all. Hopefully you can get some sleep and charge on with your search first thing tomorrow morning.
Great to hear you found him and that you had him treated! It really will be best to keep him inside until things heal up, but if it isn't working at home, then it may actually be best for him to stay in the vet clinic until the drains can come out and the e-collar can come off. If that's not possible, then you're actually probably best to keep him confined to one room for now with a litter tray, water, food and a bed - perhaps a bathroom or laundry? If you can source it from your local vet or pet store, also look at getting some Feliway to try and calm him - www.feliway.com
All the best with your boy and I hope he makes a quick recovery so he can go outside again!
No problem at all.