Cat Returns Home After Being Lost For 55 Days

Mo the cat disappeared from his Chicago home just before Christmas.

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Mo is recovering at home after being lost in Chicago for 55 days.  Via WGN 9
Mo is recovering at home after being lost in Chicago for 55 days. Via WGN 9

Never give up hope. That’s the lesson one couple learned after their cat, who had been missing for 55 days, returned home.

Mo somehow escaped from Meghan and Andy Bautista’s Chicago apartment on December 22 and, after weeks of putting up posters, investigating potential sightings and undoubtedly doing a lot of wishing, the couple now have him back, WGN 9 reports. The cat was discovered in a crawlspace in their apartment complex on February 16.

The Bautistas adopted the 9-year-old cat in January 2015, taking him from a friend who developed an allergy to the animal. Mo had settled in nicely with their two other cats, and they were ready to celebrate the holidays when Mo disappeared.

“I realized I hadn’t seen Mo in a while,” Meghan told WGN. “I got up and did a preliminary search that evening.”

But Mo could not be found, and the Bautistas intensified their search after realizing that the cat wasn’t just under the bed or in the back of their closets.

Mo lost seven pounds during his ordeal. Via GoFundMe

Mo lost seven pounds during his ordeal. Via GoFundMe

They knocked on neighbors’ doors and stayed in touch with local animal shelters. Meghan said that, despite the terrifying odds, they never gave up on Mo — because they knew he wouldn’t give up on trying to get back home. Then, on February 16, the landlord called and said that one of their neighbors had Mo. That was slightly incorrect: The neighbor had seen Mo, but couldn’t grab him. Fortunately, Mo hadn’t run out of the apartment complex again, and was later discovered hiding in the dark crawlspace.

Meghan’s relief was temporarily shelved when it became evident that Mo needed immediate medical care. Although he weighed 10 pounds on the day that he disappeared, he had withered to an emaciated 3 pounds when he was found. His medical treatments have continued; most recently, a feeding tube was inserted. The Bautistas have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Mo’s veterinary bills, which are estimated to reach $9,000.

“Mo is a miracle, and any pet parent in Chicago likely will feel uplifted by Mo’s story,” Megan’s sister, Amanda Roshan-Rawaan, told the news station.

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  • Why,why,why do vets charge so high a price, to pet owners, to take care of their pets? That is ridiculous! Come on vets, most of us do not have that amount of money, so you want a pet owner to euthanize the pet, when they can not pay! Something is wrong with that situation! We love our pets like we do our kids; most of us, anyway.

    Carol A. Morris March 9, 2016 10:34 am Reply
    • I don’t know why they charge so much just out of greed I guess

      Duke Carter March 9, 2016 6:44 pm Reply
    • Vets charge so much because they have enormous student loans to pay back. It takes approx 8 years of schooling to become a vet, just like a medical human doctor.
      Its a sad state of affairs with the U.S. that college costs are so high.

      I do agree that the cost is high my cat was hospitalized for 3 days and cost over 1,500. Then after that he required preventative care on a monthly basis. Luckily at that time I could afford it but if it was now, no way due to a change in my status. Sad!

      janet March 9, 2016 10:14 pm Reply
  • I see this as a clear hoax, truth being that Mo was being mistreated and was too scared to run away so hid away instead. I rather give the cat to real people and arrest those criminals.

    Blakus Logan March 9, 2016 2:34 pm Reply
    • Why do some people have to be so skeptical, I have lost three cats that just up and disappeared and they were fat and healthy.

      Duke Carter March 9, 2016 6:48 pm Reply
  • I remember my mom and her boyfriends cat disappeared after the bf came home and opened the door to go in.. The cat darted out of the door and took off.. But after over a month and about losing half his weight he showed up back at their door..

    Ellen March 9, 2016 5:51 pm Reply
  • Vets do the best they can with what they charge us. They have to pay large remt or payments on the hospital, pay for qualified assistants, front office people – good employees do cost more. Vets typically cannot afford to stock their in house pharmacy the way online pharmacies do so they have to pay more for the drugs they do carry. Sppecialized equipment does not come inexpensively either and your vet is likely making payments and paying for repairs and calibrations. Then there’s just general hospital supplies, office supplies, and a salary for the vet herself, continued education for all employees. It is an expensive business to run! My vet has always helped me afford the best care possible for my pets. I also shop around for pet supplies and prescription meds to help me better afford exams, diagnostics, surgical care, and nursing in hospital. It has been my experience that you get what you pay for.

    cookielu1999 March 10, 2016 3:21 am Reply
  • @BlakusLogan – I can’t believe I’m reading what you’ve said.

    Cats can go missing all the time. They sneak outside as you open the door and are gone quick as a flash. They are curious and want to see what the world is like outside.

    Then, later, you realize the cat is gone, and not in his usually nice quiet hiding spot, or in his bed, and the cat himself by now realizes he’s made a very bad mistake but he is too scared to come out of hiding. Or someone thinks he’s a stray and takes him in as their own.

    There’s death due to preditors and his own death due to medical issues, gosh, I could go on and on why a cat might not come home right away or might never come home.

    I’ve been lucky with my cats, none of them have strayed, and they’ve all loved the outdoors. My current cat is a Houdini, he can sneak past you within a second and you wouldn’t even see him.

    Where I live there are hundreds of cats that go missing in a year, and don’t tell me that they are all abused!! One lady spend every free second she had to find her cat.

    Yvonne March 16, 2016 6:24 pm Reply

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