This is, I think, every cat owner’s worst nightmare. Ramsey, a handsome 2-year-old red/sorrel Aby, got lost while his family stopped off on a roadtrip vacation.
Here’s the story from Ramsey’s human, Matt Moghaddam, written on Friday:
“This is a distress call for our lost 2 year old Aby, Ramsey. He leapt out of our RV window this morning at 7:00am while [we were] making a pit stop or coffee in Olancha, CA. He ran into a bushy field and we have not seen him since. We have abandoned our road trip to Lake Tahoe and have been searching everywhere all day. My family is devastated. He is an amazing kitty, and we are determined to keep searching for him.”
For those in California, the point of loss is between Lone Pine and Ridgcrest, east of Visalia and west of Death Valley, right off Hwy 395. Ramsey is microchipped and is usually friendly, but immediately after he escaped he was chased by barking dogs.
An update was circulated yesterday:
Matt tried calling Indio County Animal Control to borrow humane traps and were told that, because of the holiday weekend, Animal Control couldn’t help them until Tuesday morning!!!
This cat has been on his own for over 24 hours now and his family is desperate and dedicated to find this cat! Matt told me they just found some fresh cat scat so they believe he’s still alive and close by. The family is in their RV without electricity, water or hookups trying to find their cat.
This second update was sent out yesterday:
First, thanks to the outpouring of support, advice, and real help. Charlie Wight was the first to arrive on the scene to lend a humane trap to Matt. There were others, but I don’t have their names.
No sighting of Ramsey at all, unfortunately. When he escaped by jumping out of the RV window, he was immediately barked at and chased by some dogs. That must have disoriented him.
Anyway Matt’s family was on the road and at a coffeeshop for a pit stop when this happened – in a small town called Olancha, between Lone Pine and Ridgecrest (For those who are not local, that’s east of Visalia and somewhere west of Death Valley).
Matt and family stayed two extra nights at that spot to look for Ramsey. The second night (Saturday night), they set up traps with scented clothing strips, chicken and sardine (Ramsey’s favorite foods) and water. But none of the traps was touched. The human scent in the clothing probably deterred the wildlife from robbing the traps.
The location is near bushy fields. The family has outworn their stay at the coffee shop’s parking area and has headed home to Orange County. But Matt will be back almost immediately, armed with flyers,to post and place in mailboxes. Anybody who lives close enough to help with flyer distribution, or help in any other way, please contact Matt Moghaddam directly at (949) 527-1394 or Mattin90@gmail.com or Mattin90@chartpac.com
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I can’t imagine how worried Matt and his family must be! I know firsthand that even when you do everything right (harness, microchip), accidents can happen. I just hope Ramsey is found alive and well. I am not super-familiar with that area, but I’ve been through that way a few times, and it’s a very dangerous place for a small animal: not only do coyotes, cougars and hawks live there, but there are also dogs and that highway to contend with. Hopefully we’ll hear some good news tomorrow, when the county animal control reopens. If I get any more updates, I’ll be sure to post them.