I think we lost our dear Pluche. He has been gone for more than a week now. He stayed away from home in the past, but not when days get colder. I asked around in the neighbourhood, but no one has seen him. He's very recognizable at the moment. A part of his head was shaved to treat a bite wound. A result of a heavy fight with another tomcat.
It's the not-knowing that feels so terrible. Did the other tomcat chased him away ? Is he dead or not ? Did he suffer long ? Did he somehow got somewhere else? In that case I'm so worried. He's always so scared.
I phoned the vet and he says not to worry. Tomcats do wander off in winter too. So, there's still a little bit of hope.