Cats aren’t the smartest of animals, and some in particular are meant only for the indoors because they lack the skills necessary to survive outside. Mafia is one of those cats. While walking and holding Mafia, Ted loses him for a few hours. All is well when BEG finds him.
When my dog ran away, we chased him for many blocks before getting him back. The next time Kiki ran away, we left the gate open and she came back in about two hours. That’s survival skills for you. Establish your home as the only source of food and they’ll always come back.