My cat Speck disappeared out the front door about a month ago, and since she was an exclusively indoor cat and we live in a rural area populated by more than a few coyotes, I figured she was a goner when more than a week went by.
Today I heard meowing under the house, and a search of the crawlspace placed a cat somewhere in the underfloor insulation. There are about a dozen semi-feral neighborhood cats lurking around, so I figured one of them had gotten in there to get warm and then freaked. I had to used a knife to cut a hole in the insulation near where I heard the frantic meowing, and then I stood back to let the cat escape. Instead, a familiar furry head peeked out: SPECK!
I grabbed her to prevent her escaping again in the trauma of rescue, and hustled her indoors for a quick check-over. She has lost a bit of weight, but not enough that I’m worried. (She consumed 2 1/2 bowls of chow in the first hour home, so I bet its been “bugs and mice” for a while.)
My question is this: What do I do now that she’s home? I went to the store and got flea dip to kill any bugs she picked up out there, since our home is blissfully flea-free and we’d like to keep it that way. Do you think I should take her to the vet for a check-up and maybe a wormer, just to be sure she’s okay? Or do you think it’s allright to assume she’s fine and just fatten her up a bit? Any other things I should be aware of? I’ve never recovered a lost pet before.