A cat that went missing more than two months ago has been reunited with its owner – after being found 200 miles away.
But their misery turned to delight last week when they received a phone call from a vet to say their beloved pet had been found in Kent.
The pair still have no idea how Oscar managed to get to Sidcup.
Danielle said their one-year-old black and white pet disappeared after getting into a cat fight in the middle of December.
‘Miserable and depressing’
She and civil partner Becky spent Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day searching for him, posting 500 flyers across Cardiff, and putting out social media appeals.
“We didn’t celebrate Christmas in any way, shape or form,” said Danielle.
“We were out searching every night and it was really miserable and depressing.”
But their two-month ordeal ended last Thursday when a stray cat was spotted in Kent and taken to the nearest vet.
A check-up revealed the cat was microchipped – and he was from Cardiff.
After receiving the call Danielle and Becky got into their car and drove straight to Kent.
Danielle said: “We don’t know exactly how it happened but we think something made him scared on the evening he first went missing and he ran and hid somewhere like in a van because he had to go a long way across water and his paws are in very good condition – so the vet said there’s no way he could’ve walked the whole 200 miles.
“It’s just so great that we had that chip put in him because it was the chip that brought him back home.
“If it weren’t for that chip we would’ve assumed he’d died and he’d be living with someone else now.
“Because he was such a baby we never thought he’d survive out in the wild on his own. But he was in superb condition after two-and-a-half months.”
Danielle, who helps at Rozmogz Cat Rescue group, said: “As a very passionate cat owner it’s nice to see these kind of devices working.”
In the meantime it looks as if Oscar’s cross-border travelling days might be over.
‘Not unheard of’
“He’s happy indoors now,” said Danielle.
“He’s been across the border, checked it out, and decided where he likes best.
“I can tell you he’s grounded for the rest of his little kitty life!”
Wendy Pigott at Animal Search UK said: “This is story unusual but not unheard of.
“We have found some cats hundreds of miles away because they’ve hitched a ride in a removal van or another vehicle so if you have a pet it’s always worth fitting a chip inside them.”