A 20-year-old cat has been returned to his owner after being missing for 9 years.
Way back in the heady days of 2010, Babsy the cat ran away. Owner Mike Marshall doesn’t really know why. He treated Babsy right, fed her, cuddled her when she wanted and played with her when she felt like. But one day he woke up and she was just… gone.
And she didn’t come back for years. Year after year at his home in Bridgend, Wales, he’d wait for Babsy to come home, but she never did. Eventually, Mike just gave up hope and assumed that Babsy had met her end, most likely at the end of a pickup truck.
Imagine his surprise and delight having Babsy returned 9 years later. And, as it turns out, she was never all that far from home.
Babsy was spotted by the RSPCA (which is like the SPCA, only more British) in the small town of Sarn just 5 miles north of Bridgend. Speaking to Wales Online, RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper was surprised to find out that the dilapidated stray she’d just found was actually chipped.
"I scanned her and to my surprise she was microchipped and so I contacted the details on the chip,” said Cooper. “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."
To be fair to Babsy, she was in a pretty bad way when she was spotted. Blind, stumbling, and with badly matted fur, it was suspected that she was already on the last of her 9 lives. And sadly, after an inspection by the vet, it was decided that Babsy wouldn’t survive any treatment and it was best to lay her to rest gracefully.
"It's a little painful to realize that Babsy was so near, yet so far away for all those years," Marshall told the online publication. He’d like to remind everyone to get their pet chipped, and if you spot a stray to have them scanned. You never know when they might turn out to be someone’s missing loved one.