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Lost and Found

Lost and FoundPepper, the stray cat I had taken in during May 2013, went missing two months later. I had her photo and my details posted onto the Cats’ Protection website and an unexpected telephone call, six months later, brought with it great news. Pepper had been found! She was only three quarters of a mile away and perhaps a little thinner that she was when she left us, but otherwise fit and healthy.

It was about two months after she left us, that I had a telephone call from her original owners who had reared her from a kitten and for more than 10 years. It would seem that they had moved house and it was soon after this that the cat went missing. They knew she did have a determination to go ‘walk-about’ every so often and search as you may she would not show herself if she did not wish to be found. Generally she always returned after a few weeks, but a new home, a new area and this time she had not returned.

The owners then had another move and this time they moved to a house four doors away from the family that had found Pepper and brought her to me, so in the course of a conversation this unusual co-incidence came to light and they were then able to contact me only to find she had left home once again. They had lost her in November 2012 so she had spent the winter out in the cold, wet, frost and even snowy weather as she was not picked up again until May the following year, six months later, when she was found begging for food.

Both families who found the cat had her checked for a micro-chip, which she didn’t have, but fortunately the second family did not give up but searched the Cats’ Protection website where they matched her photo.

I was thrilled to collect her and thanked them very much for the trouble they took to reunite her with me. I then fed Pepper copious amounts of food which she devoured in record time after which she made her way to her favourite place, my bedroom! I telephoned her original owners who were also thrilled to hear the news. They were not able to come and collect her until the following day, so Pepper and I spent the night together, although she was annoyed at being moved off my pillow onto the other side of the bed and growled and hissed at me. Her original owner arrived the next day to collect her, he could not believe how big she was. It seems the children called her ‘Woo’ and of course he was thrilled to have her back 14 months after he lost her. I made him promise that he would get the cat micro-chipped especially as she is a confirmed wanderer. I pointed out to him she had been checked twice for a chip and if she had had one, he would have got her back a lot sooner.

A Happy Ending is always the best outcome, so never give up hope of finding a lost cat. Always micro-chip a wondering cat or dog. First check the local roads for casualties, telephone the council to see if they have collected a dead animal from the road, prepare a ‘flyer’ with the photograph of your pet and your contact details, distribute to local Vets, RSPCA, and Cats’ Protection for inclusion on their websites. No casualty found means you may one day have your reunion. Never Give Up Hope!


The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £12.50 + £2.50 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.