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Sat 05 May 2007

Xylo disappeared around midnight

Category : meow

I came back exhausted at 11.30pm-ish, and by the time the night meal of fish had been thawed and cooked, Xylo was missing. He had gone out the gate and disappeared.

Oddly enough, although he's the most adventurous in other ways, he had eventually become afraid to venture out (domestication!) and the one time in the past year that he did turn the corner in the corridor, he crouched and meowed for help. I came running of course - although he's not seemingly very loud, a cat's voice projection and the acoustics in our corridors are incredible.

There was something odd about this disappearance for not much time had transpired and no sound of cat meowing had been heard - I am tuned in to this sound and used to jump out of bed when I heard cat mew way down on the ground floor, thinking the lads were in trouble. Its actually easy to distinguish a cat's mew from the myriad of other sounds when you are actually trying to do so.

But no sound was heard and according to sms and phone call times registered on my handphone, the search (and listening) started soon after I had come home. It seemed an eternity though, as we poked into every nook and cranny in all the floors from top to bottom then vice versa, andd through all the possible routes.

When we finished, we did not dismiss the possibility that someone might have taken him. He's the only one of the boys who is nonchalant with strangers - after all, that's how he introduced himself to me. And apparently someone did try to pick him up once several months ago; but it might have been an innocent gesture, who knows?

Still, that was only a possibility. He might also have been struck with wanderlust as he was little skittish, although I thought it was not much more than he has occasionally been every blue moon. So the search continued through the night into the surrounding area. By morning, I had an idea of the resident cat population and the feeding stations in the area. The posters we put up at 3am were taken down by late morning, probably by the cleaners doing their weekend rounds.

So I'm preparing flyers for insertion at the house gates now, complete with reward.

It's distressing of course and my heart feels like there is a tight band around it. It's as agonising as I have imagined when seeing such notices in a pet supply shops, vet offices or notice boards.

Some of my kakis in the neighbourhood said to keep looking - Karenne found her cat who scooted off one day in the block's void deck a month later. Kelvin said he hopes Xylo will turn up at the feeding stations which he identified for me. With them and Z looking out, I have hopes we will spot him if he's out there.

If Xylo was actually taken in, I only hope they are kind to him.

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