A cat in England who went lacking 4 years again has been reunited along with his household, reviews The Yorkshire Submit. Bob, a 5-year-old cat, was discovered roaming round Kirk Sandall earlier than he was taken to a neighborhood vet. Subsequently, workers 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 follow bought 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 pal, simply in time for the vacations.
“After I picked him up on the follow he was precisely as he was and suckled my hand like he used to as a kitten,” Nadine mentioned. She additional expressed her gratitude to the vet follow and the one that took the cat there.
Though individuals round her mentioned Bob should be useless, 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, medical director at Arundell Vets, additionally highlighted the significance of microchipping pets. “It is a pretty pleased ending for Bob and his house owners in addition to for our crew as half the cats delivered to us as strays usually are not microchipped or the small print usually are not updated which implies we will’t contact the proprietor,” she mentioned.
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 12 months, new laws was launched beneath 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 Unbiased. Homeowners discovered breaking the legislation could have 21 days to implant a microchip or could face a £500 effective.
The purpose 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 mentioned “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 probability that misplaced or stray pets might be reunited with their house owners,” she added.