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Vet in shock when scan of a cat’s microchip unravels historic mystery

The arrival of an elderly cat to a vet’s practice in Leeds was anything but uneventful. A scan of the stray’s microchip revealed this cat to have had a colourful yet lonely past.

By Nick Whittle , 26 Jul 2020

Vicky Swainson moved to Leeds in 2008. Then 19, she adopted a cat and called it Gucci. In no time at all Ms Swainson and Gucci fell in love.

Naturally, when Gucci failed to return home one day, Swainson became concerned for its welfare. As the days and weeks turned into months and years Swainson mourned Gucci as though it was one of the family. Life moved on. After a mammoth effort to locate her beloved cat, Swainson was forced to admit defeat.

A shocking call

12 years later, Swainson received a call from a vet’s practice across town. The practice had taken in a stray cat that had apparently lived on the streets for many a year. Although emaciated and worse for wear, the cat was Gucci.

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But after so long, Swainson had adopted another cat, and she knew her ‘new’ cat would not take kindly to Gucci. With a heavy heart, Swainson asked the vet to rehome the cat.

Gucci is now happily ensconced in his new forever home.