We got Claude from the Cat’s Protection in 2001. He stayed with us until June 2007 and then went missing. We were heart broken, we thought he must have been run over as he was so loving to us we thought he would never go and live with another family.
In February 2009 we were due to move to a new build home and I used to check on the progress of the house whilst the builders were working on it. I turned up one day and Claude was sat on the drive. He knew me instantly. I was amazed! He lived with us for 4 months (very happily) and then went again. In my heart I did not think he had passed away, I knew he had just disappeared again.
That was in June 2009. Then in August 2013 I got the call a welfare organisation had managed to scan Claude for his microchip and got all our contact details from Petlog. They told us Claude had been found and was alive and well and living on the local tip!
We could not believe it. We went to the tip and were told Claude had lived there for 12 months but he was scared of all people and would spit at them. My husband called him and he came over to us straight away - as he got closer he became all excited and started kneading the grass. I went over and picked him up. The men who worked on the tip couldn’t believe how nice he was to us.
We brought him home, he looked older (he is 12 now) and he spends all his time asleep. We have another cat called Archie who is 2 and he has been brilliant at accepting Claude into his home (Claude is narky towards Archie but Archie is very placid and doesn’t care).
We are so happy Claude has returned. He has always been part of our family and always will be (despite spending almost half of his life living elsewhere!).
I hope this gives other people who have lost their cats hope! They can turn up in the most unexpected of places!
If it wasn’t for his microchip we would never have been contacted and Claude would not be with us again now. Thank you to everyone for all their efforts in returning him to us.