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Woman finds her cat after it went missing for 13 years - urges public to get their pets microchipped

Harry the ginger cat is found after going missing for 13 years cat-wow
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A pet owner from Leamington found her cat, Harry, after it went missing for 13 years. After this amazing reunion, she now urges other cat owners to get their pets microchipped.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 07/03/2019, 16:30, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:51

Harry the ginger feline goes missing 13 years ago

A co-ordinator at the Mid-Warwickshire Cats Protection charity, Chris Osbourne is a lover of cats. Many years ago, she owned a ginger cat named Harry, who loved to venture outside. One evening, 13 years ago, Harry unfortunately didn’t return home, as was his routine. At this time, Harry was around 2 years old, but he had been microchipped, so Chris thought there was a glimmer of hope that he would be found.  Chris checked at the vet’s surgery to see if there was any news of a cat being picked up in the town, but to no avail. The family made leaflets which they dropped into letterboxes in the hope that someone had noticed their cat. Chris could only hope that no harm had come to her beloved pet.

Many years later, the Missing Cat makes an appearance in Leamington Town centre

Just recently, Trudie Udell, another cat owner in the town, had spotted a stray cat making visits into her home. For around 2 months this ginger tabby had opened the chipped cat flap using his claw to get access into the house for food, alongside the lady’s pet cat. The cheeky ginger cat was even sleeping on Trudie's cat’s bed too. On her return from holiday, she spotted the cat waiting outside her home again.  Trudie took the cat to the vets to see if it was microchipped and amazingly, his owner’s details were on the database.

Harry the ginger cat is reunited with his owners after 13 years

When Chris took the call from Rainsbrook Vets, who let her know that Harry, her cat, had been found, it took her several moments to realise that it was her lost cat and not one from the Cat’s Protection centre. Of course, it took a while for this information to sink in and the family didn’t believe that their cat was home after if went missing for 13 years!  This incredible news only came about because Harry the cat had a microchip.

Chris, the woman who is now happily reunited with Harry, urges pet owners to get their cats microchipped. She is stressing the importance of doing this to every kitten at a young age. The cost to microchip a cat is normally around £15, which is certainly money well spent. It definitely helped Harry to be reunited after going missing for 13 years.


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