Not only was Nico more in danger because he was declawed, but also because Katarina had moved into the neighborhood just two weeks before he got out. He was in unfamiliar territory. And Katarina wasn’t planning on staying long – she is moving out of this area again by the end of this month. The good news is that there are TNR’d colonies in the area already, and neighbors in the past have been very responsive to lost cat fliers.
Katarina agreed to put traps in her yard to try to catch Nico, and to TNR any other cats that we trapped in the meantime.
Katarina kept trapping an ear tipped black cat, which was a good sign. But she also trapped two intact cats right away.
Then for awhile, nothing happened, although Katarina set traps every night. She posted a lot of fliers, and received a lot of texts and calls with sightings. Meaghan, another neighbor, contacted me and offered to set traps in her yard. She started that this week.
In the meantime, Katarina got a call from a neighbor the next block from her who said he saw Nico the other week. Then this week he saw fliers from a woman that said she found Nico. It turned out she lived in his same building, and Nico had followed her into her apartment on Sunday.
They called Katarina and she brought him home today.
It’s hard to tell because he’s so fluffy, but he is definitely very skinny now, and a bit dirty and matted. Katarina is going to take him to a vet for a full check-up. It seems like he’s been outside this entire time. The neighbors think he may have found shelter underneath a tarp covering a boat next door to them. Who knows? But he’s a survivor and his story has a happy ending.
We are also so happy that in the meantime we were able to get two other cats who needed to be TNR’d and vetted. We also will continue trapping with Meaghan and any other interested neighbors to see if we can get any other cats in the area.