A family’s cat has turned up just a few streets from where he went missing during a storm – FOUR years ago.
Fourteen-year-old Louie’s owner Joan Talbot searched for weeks for her pet and put up posters near her home in Roath, Cardiff , when he first vanished in 2012.
But Joan’s desperate bid to find her pet appeared to be in vain – until last week.
She was shocked and overjoyed when she was reunited with Louie after he was picked up by the RSPCA , who managed to track his owner through his microchip.
“He went missing in a storm four years ago,” Joan said. “We’d had him for 10 years, before that his was my daughter’s cat for a year so the address on the microchip was hers.
“When he went missing I put up posters so I just can’t get over that he has been found. We didn’t know what had happened to him.
“He wasn’t a cat to wander.
“I’m just so pleased to have him home. He is being spoilt.”
Selina Chan, RSPCA inspector, said: “We were called to attend to a cat at Moy Road in Roath on April 27, as the caller was concerned about his health.
“I collected the cat and took him to a vets for a check up and it was suspected he may have been poisoned.
“The cat was microchipped and identified as Louie. The phone number on the chip was no longer in use, but there was an address so I went down there and left a card explaining that we’d possibly found their cat.”
The cat was monitored at the vets overnight and put on a drip. Thankfully, the following day he was drinking and eating well.
“I was delighted to get a phone call from the owner who explained that they had lost their cat four years ago, and couldn’t believe it was Louie,” said Inspector Chan.
“This story is a fantastic example of how pets can be reunited if they are microchipped and that the details on the chip are correct.
“Who knows where Louie has been for the last four years – but luckily now he is back with his family and is doing well.”
She reminded cat and dog owners of the importance of getting pets microchipped to give their lost pets the best chance of returning home.
The case comes just a fortnight after a similar happy ending featured in the Echo, when Caerphilly pet owner Rebecca Lee was reunited with her cat Chloe after six years apart . She had initially been told her pet had died in a road accident.