2008, We had a cat named Mittens. He was gray with white paws. Well, one day he went missing! So we assumed that our neighbour must have mistaken him for a rabbit while he was rabbit hunting. I moved on and got a new kitty named Milo. We haven't seen Mittens in 4 years! I never thought I would see him again. Any ways we had a female cat in heat around our house and guess who was on our porch! I didn't remember him at first but a closer look and it was defiantly him! I tried to pet him, but he ran away. Today though I gave him a can of tuna and he warmed up, he even came inside for a little while! I am so happy! :D
Catch him and have him desexed - he'll probably end up staying home once he loses the hormonal drive to wander, which only increases with maturity (if they don't die of infections/disease first).
I'm glad you found your cat again. It's hard losing them without knowing where they went or how they're doing. Our two elderly females were stolen a few years ago, from the little patch of yard they liked to sun in. It's a horrible feeling, I'd do anything to know they were alright.
He'll probably still want to wander for a couple of months after his stitches heal. >< Until the drive to be a tomcat wears off. With our older adopted tom, who was desexed around age four, we stuffed him with food and spoiled him rotten, and he still tried to get out and take off at every opportunity. Took a while for him to settle, but when he did, he was a total homebody.
Eww, worms. And its fantastic, that he's in such great shape. Cats are pretty resourceful, but four years is a loong time!
I've never had a cat. Our neighbors do have three outdoor cats though. The only one I know very well is JJ. She is so sweet! She is black with a white bib, white socks, and has half a tail. I swear we have a special relationship. I'll be walking up the street and she'll dart out and rub against my legs, purring. Then of course she rolls over and I have to coddle her, and sit her on my lap. My friend Parker also adopted a cat awhile ago from the ASPCA that was extremely amaciated. They put her on a special diet but left her on it too long, so she is a very chubby kitty, but far less rotund then before, her name is Cali.