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A Mississippi family has received a wonderful holiday gift.

Their cat, Scrub, a gray and white Russian Blue mix, disappeared on a hot night shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast.

But now he’s back, thanks to a microchip and a local humane society.

Jennifer Noble of Biloxi, Miss., got a call last week from the Humane Society of South Mississippi saying they had a cat brought in with her information on his microchip.

At first she thought they had the wrong cat. She had adopted two kittens in an effort to fill the hole in her heart left by Scrub, but neither of those adoptions had worked out. Noble figured the message was about one of those.

Nonetheless, she returned the call. When the humane society employee asked her, Do you have a gray and white cat? she was amazed.

You have my cat! Oh my gosh! she remembers saying. That cat has been missing for five years!

She said the employee replied, Oh my gosh. Well, Merry Christmas!

Scrub, who was about two years old when he disappeared,was brought to the humane society by a woman who said she had been feeding him as a stray for a month or two. But with a cold snap coming in, she was concerned he wouldnt be all right.

Before Katrina, Scrub had been an indoor cat. But with the storm, everybody knows how hot it was and there was no electricity. We had the doors and windows open,” Noble said. We tried to keep him in a room. It was so miserably hot.

She couldn’t stand to see him suffer in the heat, so she started letting him roam outside. One day, he didnt come back.

The scenery was changing every day, she said. I honestly think he got disoriented; that he just couldnt find this way back.

When we first got him back, for the first few hours he was very, very afraid. He was unsure of his surroundings. He was very jumpy. Then, he calmed down, got a little more relaxed.”

By the time the Nobles’ sons went to sleep that first night, the cat had crawled into their bed.

Scrub always slept underneath a blanket on somebodys bed,” she said. And thats exactly what he did. Ive never seen any other cat do that.

Today, he still has his moments where he gets a little jumpy, Noble said. He is not as docile as he used to be. Hes got a little bit of wild in him and you see it every once in a while.”

This is the power of microchipping, humane society Director Tara High said. There is no other way that cat would have found his family. This is a very dramatic story with a wonderful ending.

If [Scrub] could talk, Noble said, Im sure he has quite a story to tell us.

[Source: Biloxi Sun Herald]