Tiger is missing again.
Mind you, the last time she got out (she's a primarily indoor cat) and was freaked out and couldn't find her way back.
That was more than four years ago, when she was merely elderly (13) rather than ancient (17 and a bit).
Since we moved to a real house, she has enjoyed sunning her old bones on the porch, and since she rarely leaves it, we remained unworried. Then she started lying in the warm grass (same goes) unless children (ours or the neighbors') bothered her, in which case she would wander back onto the porch. And we bring her in at sundown whether she likes it or not, because coyotes.
Yesterday she went out to lie in the warm grass and at dusk I couldn't find her. I left the back door open and the porch lights on. At midnight she came in and ate something and drank some water, and by the time I heard her little bell she was disappearing out the back door. I went and looked some more, but it was dark and she clearly wanted nothing of it.
One of the neighbors saw her this morning, in her usual place on the grass.
And we haven't seen her since.
My biggest worry is Abby; to her Tiger is practically a sibling. And if she has just wandered out to find a nice comfy place to die (she is seventeen), Abby'll be crushed.
If she's eaten by coyotes we'll never know.
Send good kitty-finding thoughts our way?