Alfie was reported to the RSPCA’s helpline recently (30.07.12) after the Blackwood family who had been feeding and monitoring him as a stray were worried about the lumps around his chin.
The male brown and black domestic shorthair was then confined by the family and taken by the RSPCA to the vet where he was examined and a scan revealed a microchip.
The chip was traced to a Mr and Mrs Whelan in nearby Wattsville where it was discovered that the much-missed Alfie had been AWOL for two years after going missing on 18 May 2012.
Said owners Stuart and Deniz Whelan: “We are absolutely over the moon and delighted to have Alfie, or Ratbag as he is affectionately known, back home and safe.
“He was actually found a street or two away from our old house in Blackwood and so despite keeping him indoors for a month after we moved to Wattsville, Alfie still managed to follow his homing instinct back to our original home about 5 miles or so away and has been in the area ever since!”
“We are extremely grateful to the family in Blackwood for feeding him since February and to whoever else may have been feeding or caring for him as a stray in that period.
“Our little girl who is four years old now still remembers him and is very glad to have him back while our other cat who was his pal before has been happily nuzzling his long lost friend.”
Said RSPCA animal collection officer Fiona Jackson: “If ever there was a story promoting the strong points behind microchipping your pet, this is it, as it’s still the best chance you have of getting back a lost or stolen pet.
“And so if you do one thing this week, take your pet to be microchipped and ensure you keep the details updated to link them to yourselves as their owner.”
To help the RSPCA work on incidents like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).