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Our cat is missing he may be 10 km away how far can a cat

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Hi our cat is missing he may be 10 km away how far can a cat smell will he be able to smell his way home
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, Eugene.

I'm so sorry to hear that Freddie is missing.

Does he usually spend time outside, or is he an indoor-only cat?

How long has he been missing?

Thanks for all your additional information.

Warmest regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He spends alot outside but sleeps inside at night he is missing 3 days
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hi again, Eugene and thanks for your very helpful reply.

Cats who don't roam too far from their home, usually don't have problems finding their way home, unless Freddie wandered into unknown territory and became lost or injured.

A cat's sense of smell is much more highly developed than that of humans, so they can smell scents from far away from home. Cat usually do fine their way home, unless, of course, they are not able to. He may have been taken in by someone who thought he was a stray (if he has no collar with ID or an ID chip or tattoo), he might have become injured and is unable to walk home or any variety of event could have befallen him.

Let's stay positive and hope he's okay and can find his way home. I would suggest putting up posters with his picture, name and your phone number, within your neighborhood, in store windows, in vet offices, and also knock on neighbors' doors asking if they've seen him.

Walk your neighborhood at dawn and dusk, when cats are most active, and shake a container of dry food or treats, calling his name and listening for a meow; he might be stuck in a tree or tangled up in some branches/vines, nearby. If you have wooded areas near you, check those, too.

Put a dish of food and one of water, outside your house, on a porch, patio or step, so he can smell it and come home.

I hope all will be well with Freddie and he comes home, soon! My best thoughts and prayers are going out to you both! Please keep me posted! Thanks!

I hope this helps you, but please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Warmest regards,


Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Freddie. How is everything going?
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hi again, Eugene.

Just checking in with you to see if you found Freddie or if he came home and is alright.

Please keep me posted, as I'm concerned for him. Thanks!

If you found my answer helpful, please tell me here, or rate with positive feedback. Thank you very much!

Warmest wishes,