I moved into the Mead on 9 July.    There was a cat flap but I kept it closed.   I first let the cats (I have 3) out under supervision, and unfed, on Wednesday 18 July, briefly, and they all came back when called.  On 19 July I let them out again unfed, and again briefly, in the evening.   The other two returned promptly, but Merlin did not respond to my calls or to fork banging on plate, usually guaranteed to attract him, even when he's just eaten.   I called and searched the local area, but had no idea where he had gone.   Went out repeatedly that evening to call and try to entice.   The other cats, sadly,  don't seem to be missing him.

They are now exploring more freely and now have catflap access.  They stay within range, and seem very well settled.  I can only assume Merlin went too far out of range, perhaps running away from or after another creature, and lost his bearings, but it was really only a matter of minutes before he had gone.  I fear he may be trying to get back to his old home on Beck Lane, Elmers End, but I have been there every day, and alerted neighbours there, and there is no sign of him.
He is a timid cat, friendly when he gets to know you but he doesn't get to know many people, taking refuge somewhere as soon as a stranger enters the house.   He is also food-obsessed, and must be desperately hungry now, unless some kind soul is feeding him.

I miss this cat so much, but more importantly I am worried about
him.   I could cope with losing him if I knew he was alive and well
somewhere, but I really want to get him home with his half brother and my other cat.

Would everyone living and working
in the vicinity and surrounding areas of
The Mead
Please keep a lookout for Merlin,

Search and Monitor all Sheds, Garages, Outbuildings
in the hopes of finding him
Any information would be appreciated.


Please send for a ready to print
for display in any prominent position.
Help Merlin find his way home

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