Hellesdon

A purrr-fect reunion for Hellesdon pet

Just Regional
Apr 25, 2016 3 mins read

When Sharon King’s cat went missing she did all the usual things in an attempt to find her beloved moggie. She put up posters, searched found cat lists and appealed on Facebook lost cat pages, but after a month with no sign of two-year-old Katy, she gave up hope.

Imagine her surprise, then, when pretty much exactly two years later she received a call to say Katy had been found in Bintree, more than 15 miles away from her home on Bernham Road in Hellesdon!

“She was such a homely cat, not a wanderer, so we were a little perplexed when she went missing,” said Sharon.

“Then, out of the blue, I had a message on my phone from the microchipping headquarters to say they’d found my cat and to give them a call. I was confused because I’d just fed my four cats so I knew they were all ok – I didn’t realise at first that it was Katy.

“When I called back and they said Katy had been handed in at Dereham Cats Protection, I said ‘you do know she went missing two years ago?’.

“I couldn’t believe it, I was quite shocked. I think she must have gotten into a car or been taken to have gone that far away!”

Sam Wright, senior care assistant at Dereham Cats Protection, said: “She came into us as a stray believed to be pregnant. Upon admittance we found she had a microchip. After getting through to the microchipping company, we managed to get Katy reunited with her owner.

“She was in good condition when she came to us and had been hanging around a farm shop in Bintree, just off the Fakenham/ Norwich road. They had gained her confidence as she had been with them for around three months.

“The importance of microchipping definitely needs to be noticed more as we have so many lovely cats come into us that don’t get reunited with their original owners due to not having a chip.

“We can only hold a stray in our care for two weeks while we advertise via Facebook and the area they were found in. If no one comes forward they do find new homes – it just seems a shame when they must have had a home.”

Katy and Sharon were reunited the following day after a thorough health check.  Unfortunately, although Katy had gotten on fine with Sharon’s four other cats and dog previously, she was finding it difficult to settle back in with them after such a long absence.

“We weren’t sure how she’d react. She used to be good mates with the dog and other cats, but she seemed to have lost the bond with them, although she was fine with me on my own.

“Luckily, my daughter Joni doesn’t have any pets and she took her in. She’s settled in lovely.

“I’m just so glad that we know that she’s ok. Not knowing is quite traumatic. You’d rather know even if they’ve come to a terrible fate, otherwise you’re always wondering if they’re ok.

“You hear about cats reappearing after a long time, but I never would have thought we’d get Katy back after two years. I’m just so glad she was microchipped.”

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