A cat in England who went lacking 4 years again has been reunited together with his household, studies The Yorkshire Post. Bob, a 5-year-old cat, was discovered roaming round Kirk Sandall earlier than he was taken to an area vet. Subsequently, employees at Arundell Vets found a microchip and managed to trace down the cat’s house owners.
Household delighted to reunite with cat forward of Christmas holidays
The vet observe received in contact with Bob’s house owners, Nadine and Russ Graham, who lived in Balby, South Yorkshire. The couple had been delighted to be reunited with their feline buddy, simply in time for the vacations.
“Once I picked him up on the observe he was precisely as he was and suckled my hand like he used to as a kitten,” Nadine stated. She additional expressed her gratitude to the vet observe and the one who took the cat there.
Though folks round her stated Bob have to be lifeless, Nadine believed the cat was alive and “being fed someplace.” She additionally famous that if she hadn’t microchipped her pet, she could by no means have discovered him.
Nadine looked for her beloved cat for months after he disappeared 4 years again. “When he went lacking, we knocked on doorways and put posters across the space and in retailers.”
“We looked for a few months earlier than accepting that he was gone,” she added.
Christina Groves, scientific director at Arundell Vets, additionally highlighted the significance of microchipping pets. “It is a beautiful completely happy ending for Bob and his house owners in addition to for our group as half the cats dropped at us as strays are usually not microchipped or the small print are usually not updated which implies we will’t contact the proprietor,” she stated.
Groves added that when stray cats are discovered with no particulars of their house owners, they’re taken to shelters. “However that clearly leaves an proprietor doubtlessly nonetheless in search of their cat which could be very unhappy,” she continued.
Microchipping pet cats to be made obligatory in England
Earlier in March of this yr, new laws was launched below which it’s obligatory to microchip all pet cats in England earlier than they flip 20 weeks previous by June 10, 2024, as per The Independent. Homeowners discovered breaking the legislation may have 21 days to implant a microchip or could face a £500 superb.
The objective is to make it simpler for lacking cats to be reunited with their households. Environmental Secretary Thérèse Coffey described cats as “treasured family members” and stated “it may be devastating for house owners” when their pets go lacking.
“Legislating for obligatory microchipping of cats will give consolation to households by growing the chance that misplaced or stray pets may be reunited with their house owners,” she added.