Gizmo the cat's amazing return home after four years
WHERE he’s been and who he’s seen is a mystery.
But one thing’s for sure – Gizmo the cat certainly has a tale to tell after returning home following an astonishing four years missing.
His family had long since given up chance of seeing him curled up in their city home again until he was hit by a car and landed in the care of SPA Veterinary Services, in Painswick Road, Gloucester, last month.
He suffered minor injuries but soon made a recovery. Vets discovered he had a microchip and were able to trace his owners – but they were shocked to discover he had been missing for so long.
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Vet nurse Helen Hill said: “Thankfully we scanned him for a microchip and he had one. The family had given up hope of ever finding Gizmo. When we called them up, we told them that we had found Gizmo and they couldn’t believe it. They were shocked and, of course, delighted. Usually we come across cats that have been missing for a month or two but never for this length of time. I wonder where he has been?”
Gizmo has aged since his family last saw him – he is now pushing 15 – but he has a younger sister to keep him occupied.
“He has been around his sister and has been settling in very well back at the family home,” added Helen.
She said: “It just goes to show the importance of microchipping your pets because you never know when they might need it.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said microchipping pets was a wise move. He said: “Microchipping your pet gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
“Many pets can be microchipped, including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses. Check with your vet for advice, as it will depend on the species, size and condition of your animal.
“A tiny microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin.
“This gives the pet their own unique code. The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept on a database.
“Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.
“While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.”