On Friday 22nd September, a stray cat was brought into our surgery. We scanned him for a microchip and managed to contact his owner via the database. What transpired was a quite remarkable story and the cat finally reunited with his owner after being missing for nearly 2 years!! This is what his owner told me (in her words)
“It still hasn't sunk in properly that the beautiful Little Guy is home! He has curled up in the laundry basket and has gone to sleep, and I keep going to check if he is really there and it isn't just a cruel dream that I have him back only to be heartbroken again because I wake and it isn't true.
Thank you to all at Grange Hill for your care of him for the hopefully short time he was with you. I have been in touch with the man who brought him in, and he has been able to give me some information about how he has been living for the last year or so - apparently he appeared close to them about this time last year and spent the winter living under his next-door neighbour's motorbike cover, for shelter. It must have been bitterly cold at times, though! A number of kind souls in the neighbourhood fed him and he looks quite fat and in good condition, as you saw. Where he was for
the year prior to that is anyone's guess!
His story is chequered with near disasters, and if you believe cats have 9 lives, he has certainly used up a few of his! I work at Aston University, and on the morning of 12th December 2012 (yes, it was 12/12/12) I was driving through the deep cutting area of the A38 Aston Expressway motorway when I saw a tiny little black and white blob cringing at the side of the road as the traffic whizzed past. He was terrified, had nowhere to go and no way to get out alive. I stopped the traffic by gradually slowing down, jumped out of my car, ran back and grabbed him by the scruff as I didn't know if he was feral and could scratch me in panic.
The only vet practice I
knew in the area was the one in Erdington. Once upon a century I lived in Wylde Green, in Penns Lane, and used to take my cats to John then. They checked him over, sexed him (complete male) and suggested he was about a year old. They also examined his paws and chin and said it looked like he'd been thrown from a moving car. The pics above include one of him in the cardboard box they gave me to bring him home, with huge terrified eyes. He had a complete zoo of fleas and worms, but he was a lovely little cat and we bonded. He was so loving and happy with us. We got him castrated and chipped, vaccinated and he adopted us.
We also have dogs, and early in December 2014, I agreed to foster an elderly border collie that the rescue centre said was gentle and good with all other animals - they lied! Maggie was a complete demon who attacked on sight, and chased the cats. Poor Little Guy was terrified, and after a few chases
I sent Maggie back to the rescue centre. Guy
was spooked though, and 2 days later one of my own dogs barked at something in the night, he panicked and shot out of the cat flap. I never saw him again, and spent weeks and months searching for him, knocking on doors, phoning local vets but there was nothing, nobody had seen him.
Then today, I played your voicemail message after I had finished lecturing. I just cannot begin to explain - what you were saying didn't make sense at first, and then I began to understand that you had him there. At first I thought you were phoning old clients to see if our records could be deleted - as I said, I used to use Grange Hill when John and Shelagh were there, but the logic confused me as I have changed both my name and my mobile number since then, so how could you be phoning me? Then I heard the name Guy, and I just started crying. I'm still crying on and off now, sorry for being such a drip!
I have also attached a photo of him sitting on his windowsill looking out at his garden - home at last. Also one of him stretching out on his favourite chair back in February 2014”
This cat could be reunited with his owner because they had him microchipped
and they kept their details up-to-date with their database. We see so many stray cats and we can't always get them home if they are not chipped. We also have a number of cats brought to us that are chipped but the details on the database have not been kept up-to-date by their owner which sadly means we are often unable to locate them.
Chipping is simple, great value for money and fantastic peace of mind. Get your pets chipped today: call us on
01543 416 246