Cat Returned to His Family After 60-Mile Odyssey
Five months ago, Bob disappeared from his Northampton, England, home. But thanks to a microchip and a caring woman 60 miles away, he was recently returned to his original family.
The six-month-old kitten went missing from the Dalton home in Duston on May 16. The whole family -- parents Claire and Rowland, and their two sons, Joshua, age 4, and Lewis, age 14 -- were terribly sad, but Joshua was the most heartbroken of all.
We had just started letting him out when he went missing," Claire said. "He went under the fence and normally came back, but he just disappeared.
Bob had been a Christmas present to the whole family. We put posters everywhere, we asked neighbors, we called the company we had him micro-chipped with, but heard northing."
After a month, we had to admit defeat and tell our four-year-old that Bob was probably not going to come home," Claire confessed. "He was very upset and even wrote in his end-of-year nursery report which asked what makes you sad? when my cat Bob ran away. "
After about four months, the family got rid of Bob's things and began thinking about getting another cat to replace him.
But last week, the Daltons got a phone call from a vet on the other side of Oxfordshire who told her Bob had turned up on a ladys doorstep several months ago.
A few months after the roaming cat showed up at her home, the lady decided to keep him and took him to the vet for a checkup. At the office, they scanned for a microchip and the Daltons received the happy news that Bob had been found.
She had been looking after him very well and had called him Kit Kat. I think she was quite upset to lose him, apparently her grandchildren really liked him. We never got the chance to meet her to say thank you as she had left him at the vets but I left her some flowers," Claire said.
When we told Joshua he ran around the living room and then told everyone Bob had been found. It has become a bit of a long-running saga at his nursery school."
Claire says he's the same old Bob, still a little bit crazy, only when he left he was a kitten and now he is a full-grown cat about to have his first birthday in October.
We have no idea how he got there. We think he must have got into a car or [delivery truck]," Claire says.
The moral of the story, the Daltons say: Spend $50 on a microchip and be sure to register it with your current contact information: it is well worth it.
[Source: Northampton Chronicle & Echo]