- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
Quick background before we begin: I have a cat who went missing in November. Since then, I have had many calls from people who have mistaken a cat who lives in a neighboring street for her. After the third or so call, I scanned this similar cat for a microchip and asked the registry company if he lived locally, so I could rule out his being a stray himself. The company told me that he lived in road A, which is just around the corner from me. I therefore assumed he wasn’t lost, and left it at that.
Fastforward to yesterday, when I see a message on a lost and found website which says a cat which looks like mine has been found on the other side of the main road, not far from my house. Unbeknownst to me, the cat which is very similar to mine had somehow got across the main road, and couldn’t get back because of the traffic. It had then tried to enter a whole series of houses until one lady caught it, locked it inside, and posted on the lost and found site. This cat had escaped from her house a few hours later, however.
Today, having seen the advert, I headed over to look for my cat. I didn’t find her, and everyone was at work, so I couldn’t speak to the person who posted the advert. However, I looked around, and suddenly saw the similiar cat in front of me, the one whom I knew lived in street A. I knew that it would be highly unlikely that this cat would be able to cross the main road to return home, and I knew he would probably be scared of cars, so I decided to catch him and drop him off in street A on my way home.
If only it were that simple. I tried to carry him across the road, but he freaked out when he saw the cars. Then I got DH to bring me a cat carrier, which I simply could not get him to enter. Finally, in desparation, I had a brainwave. I still had my microchip scanner on me, so I scanned his chip, called the microchip registry, and asked them to call his owner. Within less than a minute there was a lady on the phone… this cat had been missing for 2 days and she was worried sick. Together, we caught him and got him home. Hard work though! Took over an hour. Still, it gave me a warm feeling inside 🙂
That owner was sooooo lucky to get that cat back, though! What are the odds that someone who knew the cat and who had a microchip scanner to hand would just happen to be passing by? It was clearly meant to be!