We're mourning Maggie this morning. She's been missing for 24 hours. She went out yesterday morning, and came back inside for some kitty treats just briefly before going outside with Smitty again. She hasn't been seen since.
We've considered many possibilities, but there's really no way to know what might have happened to her. She's been known to wander occasionally, and we're keeping in mind that she was living in the wild before she came to us. She has been timid when outside, keeping close to the house nearly 100% of the time and staying hidden under bushes. It was quiet and wet yesterday morning. The grass needs mowing, and so she wouldn't have wandered out into it or crossed the open field. It's hard to imagine that a predator would have had an opportunity to sneak up on her.
We've always chosen our homes so that they're safe for the kitties. There is virtually no traffic, and we receive very few visitors aside from family. Occasionally a delivery truck arrives on the scene, but there were no deliveries yesterday, and no other visitors either. A deer has been hanging around, and while he wouldn't have been a threat to her, he might have frightened her enough that she's still hiding somewhere.
We're trying to stay hopeful, but we're not very optimistic. I will, of course, post immediately if she shows up again.