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William81William81 Member Posts: 24,516 ✭✭✭✭
edited November 2023 in General Discussion

I am really sad to report Martha has left the building.......The little cutie really worked her way into our hearts..

She has been gone for 8 days as of this morning....... she has been away from home overnight a few times over the years but always is waiting by the door the next day. The neighbors have been watching for her and she has not shown up there either...

We have walked the ditches, the hayfield, the neighbor's woods, our whole place, everywhere she has ever been spotted over the years.... NADA. I set up different game cameras in the yard and around the places she used to hang out...NADA... All the other usual critters, the known feral cats in the area but that was it...I have gone out and called her every morning and night and in between... NADA

Too many coyotes around this year, too many knot heads driving way too fast up and down our road, bobcats eagles, hawks, farm equipment out working in the fields etc...

I knew the day we took her in when she was around 5 weeks that this could happen. Seems the older I get, the deeper I feel loss....

I want to believe she is out there but it is so unlikely now...Rest in Peace Martha, we have great memories of you...


  • wolfpackwolfpack Member Posts: 1,119 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear this news and hoping she will show up. Losing a pet can be a hard thing.

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,064 ✭✭✭✭

    I respect you, William, and will refrain from saying how I feel about cats.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,382 ✭✭✭✭

    Sad read William81. I've been down that road too many times myself.

    It's too late for me, save yourself.
  • BobJudyBobJudy Member Posts: 6,411 ✭✭✭✭

    It is amazing how those little family members can capture our hearts. We haven't had a cat for 10 years and I will admit I shed a tear or two when we laid our last one to rest. It was also a stray kitten that we took in and she lasted for 10 years. Know that you gave her a chance and your love when you adopted her. She had a much longer and happier life as a result. Condolences, Bob

  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,803 ******

    Oh no. So sad.

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,692 ✭✭✭✭

    Very sorry for your loss.

  • jimdeerejimdeere Member, Moderator Posts: 25,509 ******

    Sorry to hear, Will. Your time was too short.

  • OakieOakie Member Posts: 40,519 ✭✭✭✭

    very sorry to hear this. I know exactly how your feeling. I always considered myself tough, until we lost our dog last month. I cried hard, for three days. Even Donna said, that was the first time she seen me ever cry since we have been together. My prayers for you William. Oakie

  • Butchdog3Butchdog3 Member Posts: 599 ✭✭✭✭

    Many lost small pets are coyote fodder.

    Don't care for cats either but a big stray tabby showed up awhile back. Must have been a house cat before coming here. Wife even took up with him but after a few weeks he came up missing.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,890 ✭✭✭✭

    Have 5 cats & 6 dogs buried along our fence line. Never easy.

  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭

    So very sorry to hear this, William. I wish there were words I could write that would help to ease your pain.

  • wetnapwetnap Member Posts: 74 ✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear. I don't post much but I have been following your posts about Martha. Probably the main reason I don't have a dog or cat is because of the inevitable loss.

  • savage170savage170 Member Posts: 37,439 ✭✭✭✭

    sorry for your loss

  • Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 2,942 ✭✭✭✭

    We've had a feral living on our porch for 10 years now. Still can't pet her but we worry when she's not around for a few hours.

    Sorry for your loss. We will all miss the Martha stories.

  • Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 39,244 ***** Forums Admin

    So sorry for your loss, it hurts. So many of us here got completely attached to Martha.

  • Gregor62Gregor62 Member Posts: 3,040 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry man, this is exactly why we refuse to do any more pets. Too hard on the heart.

    May your Martha rest in peace.

  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,848 ✭✭✭✭

    My first words reading your thread title was Oh know not Martha....

    I'll still pray for a miracle 🙏❤️ He listens.

    "Independence Now, Independence Forever."

    John Adams

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2023

    So sorry to hear

    It's difficult to say how we feel in words on the loss of a 4 legged family member Or even some one else's pet as we all have felt the pain of loss

    Good by Martha you provided us with a lot of smiles and memories

    We have a section of our yard with many of our departed beloved pets buried there

    My wife each year gets a new calender and transfer dates like birthdays and events and also the passing of family memberes friends .

    And our pets that have went to the rainbow Bridge

    Over the years each new calender has gotten a lot of names added it's sad to see all the companions we have lost

    never forgotten each one holds a special place in our hearts

  • Ruger4meRuger4me Member, Moderator Posts: 3,272 ******

    This is sad news Frank, I feel for you and will miss seeing pics of Martha.

  • waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 1,781 ✭✭✭✭

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. It makes it harder to except the loss and put closure when you can’t find the body. I have had cats all my life, and domestic cats don’t usually have a very big range. I have had them disappear and show up later, especially if they’re not spay or neutered. Cats rely a lot on scent and can become confused on direction. Try and and hang one of your shirts out on the porch, she my pick up the scent. Again, if she doesn’t show up I’m sorry.

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭

    Very sad. Who knows, she may still turn up.

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    Sorry to hear about your missing Martha Frank. Several years ago, I had a feral cat that lived out in my workshop. Stayed with me for nearly 10 years and came and went at his leisure. I fed him well and we got along just fine.

    Then one day he failed to come back. After about 5 months, I threw away all of his dishes, treats, food, and a litter box that he used on bad weather occasions. Just a day or two after all his stuff got picked up by the trashman......He showed up!! 😲

    When it comes to missing cats there is always hope.

  • He DogHe Dog Member Posts: 50,935 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear it. That is why ours never go farther than the screened porch.

  • KenK/84BravoKenK/84Bravo Member Posts: 12,055 ✭✭✭✭

    I am sorry for the loss of your little friend.

    My Ex and I had a couple Indoor only cats up North. One time our oldest and most beloved, "Smokey" got away. We saw him in our (unfriendly) next door neighbors house about a year and a half later. I was rather incensed. Grrr...

    *We never did get him back. "We found him, he is ours." Grrr............................

  • SW0320SW0320 Member Posts: 2,376 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear about Martha. We had a similar experience with a cat that was a stray. He did not want to stay in the house.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

    Agree we have had cats disappear for weeks

    We were sure it gone for good something got them or just wondered off

    Then out of the blue they would show up to the delight of my wife

  • dunbarboyzdunbarboyz Member Posts: 2,081 ✭✭✭✭

    We have people here catch cats and take them to the animal shelter. You might want to check.

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    " A dog would never do you that way"

    I love it .... and ............ You Sir, are absolutely right ! 😁

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    I've had two cats in my life (brother and sister) both were indoor cats and both of them, after many years, hauled butt the first chance they got and I never saw them again. That's cats for you, they make you like them, then they leave.

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2023

    .When You And Your Cat Are Fighting

  • fayettefattsfayettefatts Member Posts: 28

    Once I was setting off fireworks for the 4th of July, and our cat took off, not to be seen again until 1 year later. She returned and acted like she had never been gone!

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    I have just a little bit to add to this story. When ole Salem the cat showed back up after his long absence, he was a pound or two heavier and was missing his shnuts!! 😁

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    He should have stayed home ....................................

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,848 ✭✭✭✭

    Everytime I see this thread, I miss Martha ❤️🙏 still praying for you.

    "Independence Now, Independence Forever."

    John Adams

  • armilitearmilite Member Posts: 35,478 ✭✭✭

    Very sorry for your loss looks like a beautiful cat.

  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,848 ✭✭✭✭

    "Independence Now, Independence Forever."

    John Adams

  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 35,149 ✭✭✭✭

    Martha rescued herself. This time.

    But, can she ever escape her inner demons?

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,516 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry I did not update the original post. Martha returned home after 16 days ! We were very happy to see her again !

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