A cat has been reunited with his owners, four years after going missing.
Louie went missing four years ago from the Roath area of Cardiff. His owner desperately searched for him and put out posters but he was never found.
But he has now been successfully reunited with his owner after the RSPCA tracked them down.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “We were called to attend to a cat at Moy Road in Roath on 27 April, as the caller was concerned about his health.
“I collected the cat and took him to a vets for a check up and it was suspected he may have been poisoned.
“The cat was microchipped and identified as Louie. The phone number on the chip was no longer in use, but there was an address so I went down there and left a card explaining that we’d possibly found their cat.”
The cat was monitored at the vets overnight and put on a drip. The following day he was drinking and eating well.
Inspector Chan said: “I was delighted to get a phone call from the owner who explained that they had lost their cat four years ago, and couldn’t believe it was Louie.
“He is around 14 years old. This story is a fantastic example of how pets can be reunited if they are microchipped and that the details on the chip are correct.
“Who knows where Louie has been for the last four years – but luckily now he is back with his family and is doing well.”
Louie’s owner Joan Talbot said they couldn’t believe that he had been found after all this time, and just around the corner.
“He went missing in a storm four years ago,” she said. “We’d had him for 10 years, before that his was my daughter’s cat for a year so the address on the microchip was hers.
“When he went missing I put up posters so I just can’t get over that he has been found. We didn’t know what had happened to him. He wasn’t a cat to wander.
“I’m just so pleased to have him home. He is being spoilt!”
The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move or change phone number. More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/microchipping
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).