An injured and unwell cat has been reunited with her owner – NINE years after she went missing.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper was called to rescue the injured cat from Rectory Close, Sarn, Bridgend, and on arrival was concerned about her general health.

Babsy with her owner after being found March19 pic2Inspector Cooper said: “She looked extremely old, was very matted and was wobbly on her legs. She also appeared to have some problems with her vision.

“I scanned her and to my surprise she was microchipped and so I contacted the details on the chip. I couldn’t believe it – she had been missing for nine years and she was now 20 years old.

“Her owner was so shocked. Luckily he had not moved address or changed his number so we were able to return her straight away. He assumed she would have died years ago.”

Named Babsy – she was found five miles away from home – and would have had to crossed the M4 at some point. She had a date of birth of January 1999 and was rehomed by the Cats Protection in 2003 to her owner.

Inspector Cooper said: “When I handed her to back to her owner she recognised him instantly and began to purr. It was certainly a goosebump moment!

“He took her straight to the vets as she clearly had problems associated with her age and unfortunately due to many health issues and her age it was advised by the vet she was put to sleep. It is so very sad, but at least she got to be with her owner one last time and he was there at the end. It is a mystery what she has been doing over the past nine years, but she must have been looked after by someone to reach 20 years old.”

Her owner, Mike Marshall, said: “I would like to thank the RSPCA inspector for her kindness in returning her back home to me.

“Upon a subsequent visit to the vets she was discovered to be blind, had severe mobility issues and her overall physical deterioration would have necessitated sedation and anaesthesia before any detailed assessment and treatment could be undertaken.

“It was deemed she would have been unlikely to survive these procedures and undertaking them would have caused her unnecessary distress and suffering. Clearly, her 20-year life as a fully active and adventurous cat had run its course and reluctantly it was decided to let her go peacefully. She came home for her last couple of hours, and for that, I will be forever grateful to those who showed their kindness and compassion.”

Mr MarshalI added: “I would also ask for anyone who has concerns for any animal they may suspect of being stray to arrange for them to be scanned for a chip as they may well be someone’s much-missed companion. It’s a little painful to realise that Babsy was so near, yet so far away for all those years.”

The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home – and despite it being nine years for Babsy – the microchip meant she was able to return home one last time. 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