Back in 2016, a couple in Guipry-Messac in Western France heard meowing outside their door. They opened it up to discover a somewhat dishevelled-looking stray cat looking for a new home.
An animal-loving couple
Being animal lovers, the kindly couple took the cat in and set to taming him and getting him acclimatised to his new home. They named the cat Caïpi.
So far, so normal.
But then, some four years later, little Caïpi seemed unwell and appeared to be in pain so, like any good owners, they look the kitty to the vets.
A surprising find
At the vets, the couple explained the situation that the cat had originally been a stray who'd come to live with them but the vet had other news.
It turned out that the cat wasn't a stray at all but had been chipped and cared for and, in fact, had a whole other family waiting for him. A little further investigation revealed that the cat's family lived in Reunion Island, some 9,000km away!
The original family were delighted when they heard that their cat had reappeared. It seemed the cat had gone missing and despite frantic searches and posters around their hometown they'd never been able to find him and had reluctantly emigrated without him.
A moggy journey
The cat is now getting ready to go on the journey of a lifetime to be with his original family.
Of course, the story is sad for the adopted couple but it does go to show the importance of microchipping and regular vet visits.