My cat has been missing exactly 72 hours now. It appears he slipped out the door while our family was preparing to visit relatives. We were gone for about four hours but only really took notice of the cat not being present the following morning. I live on the third floor in an apartment building, and the cat must have slipped into the hallway and immediately climbed up one flight of stairs, otherwise I would have noticed him on my way down as I was the last one out the door. One of the residents must have let him out the front door of the building on purpose or perhaps the cat slipped out after someone went out or came in. He is a seven-year-old castrated male cat but quite active and always ready to take a walk outside in a leash. He has tried to sneak out into the hallway on his own many times before so I'm not surprised he did this. We've interviewed the neighbours but they claim they haven't seen anything. Some weren't aware that we had a cat in the apartment. Nobody has confessed to letting the cat outside. At this point I am assuming he is outside - he is most certainly not in the apartment and there aren't any places in the hallway he could hide undetected this long. So far, I've done the following to try to locate him: - Searched for him and called his name everywhere I can think of in the immediate area. He is shy and will stay away from strangers but I could probably scoop him up outside myself. He also doesn't like to move outside during the day and is likely to only come out of hiding when it gets dark which is why I've tried to search for him at all hours, including the middle of the night. In addition, he is totally white so he's easy to spot even after dark. - Called the local stray animal centre to give them his description. If he is found and turned over to stray animal authorities, he will end up there and they will contact me. - Called the police to verify nobody has asked to pick up a stray cat in the area. - Put his bowl in the lobby by the front door to have a meal waiting for him. The front door is ajar so that he can slip into the hallway again. (I tried to put his bowl outside at first but snails in the grass found the food during the night, and after I removed them, birds found the bowl in the morning.) - Posted in the lobby an explanation of the bowl and the reason for keeping the building door ajar to keep residents from closing the door. - Put up fliers in all apartment building hallways in the area, as well as taped them to windows of phone booths, a nearby church, a petrol station, two daycare centres, two supermarkets, and a railway station. Also distributed about 100 additional fliers last night directly to mailboxes of single-family homes in the area where he might be wandering. The fliers specify that the phone number may be called at any time, day or night, and a reward is promised. I'll distribute about 300 fliers more after work today for maximum visibility. Addtionally, I've been thinking of doing the following: - Take his leash with me while searching to dangle in my hand. He recognizes the sound and always gets excited at the prospect of a walk outside. He doesn't have a problem wearing the leash; I'm hoping he thinks of it as something that brings security to him while outside. - Take outside empty cans of tuna the cat ate and open the bottoms. I have a large collection of tin cans in a big box waiting to be taken to a recycling centre. The cat would have to be dead not to hear that sound - usually he's there in a second when a tin can is being opened. - Considering a stunt that will get me on the evening news, such as painting the words CAT MISSING and my phone number on the side of a nearby water tower I know there are many cat owners here at the HTF. Other than the above, is there anything I should try? If you know of successful methods to catch a cat that has gone missing, please share the information here. While the cat might still be enjoying his escapade and could very well come back on his own after a few more days, I'd rather get him back as early as possible. The Scandinavian weather, while still relatively agreeable, must be considered. I am also worried about him being hit by a car or getting eaten by a fox - I know there are a few living very near us.