The Reclusive and Elusive Cat

Real Estate Agent with Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office 634480

The Reclusive and Elusive Cat


This is the latest in the saga of the reclusive and elusive cat.


First, as a reminder, this is about the cat that was left behind when the previous occupants of the house left.


Of course, I knew that the cat was there because I would occasionally catch a short glimpse of him or her (I am not sure if the cat is a he or a she.) before it would quickly scamper into hiding.  Also, I would hear the meowing.  And, somebody is eating the cat food that I have been leaving.


Last Thursday, when I went to the house, the key was missing from the lockbox.  The owner did not get around to providing a replacement key until Sunday.  So, after three days, I finally got back into the house with the intent of providing food and water.


Quite naturally, after three days, the cat’s food was all eaten.


On this day, the cat was meowing almost nonstop, perhaps because it was glad to see a replenishment of its food supply.


However, hungry or not, the cat still chose to stay in hiding.  The picture where the cat is sitting in the dark is one of its favorite spots.  Normally when I peak into this spot, the cat jumps up to the joists and finds its way into its secret passageways into the walls of the old house, but, again, probably because of hunger, it was not so quick to jump away this time.


On this particular day, knowing that the cat must be hungry, I decided to wait it out.  Surely the cat would come out for its food.


After standing still like a scarecrow for nearly 20 minutes, finally, the cat started to make its way towards the food.  But, as cats will do, it did not make a mad dash for the food, but instead it trepidatiously worked its way towards the food, observing everything along the way, until it finally noticed me, which made it stop and start a few times before eventually making its way to the food.


Now, I had to stand still and silent for another twenty minutes or so, for every small sound or movement that I would make had him ready to run.  Somehow, or another, I was able to get my phone in a position to take a photo. 


Fortunately, the cat seems to stay in the basement, where the temperatures are more moderate even as the colder season is coming in, however with very little heat being supplied to the house and with days and nights only getting colder and with the potential for someone to soon buy the house, I am running out of time for the cat to warm up enough to be personally picked up and I may have to resort to the trap which can be seen in the picture waiting for its call to action.


“I've been lost now, days uncounted

And it's months since I've seen home

Can you hear me, can you hear me

Or am I all alone”




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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Ron. This cat just breaks my heart. I hope you can get it and find or give him or her a good home.

Dec 10, 2019 11:27 AM #1
Kathryn Sparks
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD


It is true, that with many cats, you need to be very patient.  I hope that time and patience come together for you.

Dec 10, 2019 11:42 AM #2
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


Maybe you can write it into the deed.  The cat conveys with the property and the new owner must love and care for the cat.

Dec 10, 2019 11:55 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Afternoon Ron.

Hopefully now it won't run every time you arrive.  Make it a great day

Dec 10, 2019 12:44 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Now that is patience! Good luck in getting the cat out and hopefully finding it a great home.


Dec 10, 2019 01:51 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron- fingers crossed that the cat will warm up to your presence so you can find him/her a home. 

Dec 10, 2019 05:49 PM #6
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844 You are a terrific person for trying to bring the poor frightened furry to safety. And may his/her previous owner have awful things happen to him/her. Sometimes you can get a cat to warm up to you if you offer to play with it - a ball of crumpled tinfoil is excellent "bait," or get the cheapest dangling fishing-pole kind of toy you can find in any petstore or larger grocery. And few cats can resist treats - get an assortment because they can be finicky about flavors. But lay some out like breadcrumbs to you and see if the poor thing will gradually get close. Keep a few in your hand if/when you think it might come that close. Don't try to grab it at all - let it sniff you, warm up to you, pet the poor thing alot. At some point, it might relax enough that you can pick it up. Don't be shy about baiting the trap with a toy and treats. The poor thing does need rescuing.

Dec 10, 2019 07:35 PM #7
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