Missing cat found after six years

Daily Echo: Missing cat found after six years Missing cat found after six years

The owner of a cat which disappeared six years ago has spoken of her delight and surprise after finding him walking in the street.

Black-and-white Charlie went missing from the home of Jo and Ade Haigh in Stubbington.

But when Mrs Haigh, who had moved out of the area, went to view a house with her mother near their previous home, she spotted her former pet.

She took the cat to the Stubbington Ark animal rescue centre where she works as a receptionist and a microchip check confirmed it was Charlie.

Mrs Haigh, 34, said she had taken Charlie, who was seven weeks old when they got him and is now 16, back to their current home in Titchfield Common where he is settling in well.

She said: ''I was shocked to start with that I had even come across him.

''He's eating and using his litter tray and seems quite content, and slowly getting back into it.

''We haven't let him out again so far. We will eventually, but I don't know when I'll be brave enough.''

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10:52am Tue 9 Oct 12

G0Rf says...

Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then?
Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then? G0Rf
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10:52am Tue 9 Oct 12

ToastyTea says...

aww That's a nice story.
aww That's a nice story. ToastyTea
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11:06am Tue 9 Oct 12

Brite Spark says...

They're an odd lot down at the Ark, when I found and took an injured cat down there they turned me away (RSPCA aren't they? cat later died because it wasn't treated quickly enough). Why has it taken 6 years to find a cat that was living in its former street, the lady only moved a stone's throw away, I smell a rat, and in the meantime some little girl is out looking for her cat that she's cared for for 6 years.
They're an odd lot down at the Ark, when I found and took an injured cat down there they turned me away (RSPCA aren't they? cat later died because it wasn't treated quickly enough). Why has it taken 6 years to find a cat that was living in its former street, the lady only moved a stone's throw away, I smell a rat, and in the meantime some little girl is out looking for her cat that she's cared for for 6 years. Brite Spark
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11:12am Tue 9 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Brite Spark wrote:
They're an odd lot down at the Ark, when I found and took an injured cat down there they turned me away (RSPCA aren't they? cat later died because it wasn't treated quickly enough). Why has it taken 6 years to find a cat that was living in its former street, the lady only moved a stone's throw away, I smell a rat, and in the meantime some little girl is out looking for her cat that she's cared for for 6 years.
You do know that cats have a natural hunting instinct don't you? That's why cat's that are let out often bring home stuff they have caught.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: They're an odd lot down at the Ark, when I found and took an injured cat down there they turned me away (RSPCA aren't they? cat later died because it wasn't treated quickly enough). Why has it taken 6 years to find a cat that was living in its former street, the lady only moved a stone's throw away, I smell a rat, and in the meantime some little girl is out looking for her cat that she's cared for for 6 years.[/p][/quote]You do know that cats have a natural hunting instinct don't you? That's why cat's that are let out often bring home stuff they have caught. Ginger_cyclist
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11:14am Tue 9 Oct 12

Sovietobserver says...

G0Rf wrote:
Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then?
One resident in the street where he was found told the owner he had been feeding the cat for the last two and a half years, so I imagine there are other kind people in the Stubbington area who he has been depending on, to survive all this time.
[quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then?[/p][/quote]One resident in the street where he was found told the owner he had been feeding the cat for the last two and a half years, so I imagine there are other kind people in the Stubbington area who he has been depending on, to survive all this time. Sovietobserver
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4:28pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Huey says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
G0Rf wrote:
Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then?
One resident in the street where he was found told the owner he had been feeding the cat for the last two and a half years, so I imagine there are other kind people in the Stubbington area who he has been depending on, to survive all this time.
Maybe, some folk are kind to animals, but when do you ever see a starving cat?
Yes, they will like it if you feed them, but these creatures are not as dependent on us as we think.
Insects, frogs, birds, small mammals and scavenging rubbish all provide good food supplies for cats.
For some feral cats, that's the only life they have known, and they are probably pretty happy with their lot.
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]G0Rf[/bold] wrote: Wonder who was feeding it for 6yrs then?[/p][/quote]One resident in the street where he was found told the owner he had been feeding the cat for the last two and a half years, so I imagine there are other kind people in the Stubbington area who he has been depending on, to survive all this time.[/p][/quote]Maybe, some folk are kind to animals, but when do you ever see a starving cat? Yes, they will like it if you feed them, but these creatures are not as dependent on us as we think. Insects, frogs, birds, small mammals and scavenging rubbish all provide good food supplies for cats. For some feral cats, that's the only life they have known, and they are probably pretty happy with their lot. Huey
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4:48pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Brizzler says...

I have a cat I rescued after it was abandoned as a young kitten, it had lived 'on the streets' for a while before we rescued her (we know the backstory so no little girls are missing a kitten!). Even after several years now of being well fed & kept, she still goes out hunting and is very successful. She eats pretty much everything she kills, (except for the intestine because its full of poo!)

The only downside to her past is she is a lot smaller than other cats, due to not getting enough vitamins etc.
I have a cat I rescued after it was abandoned as a young kitten, it had lived 'on the streets' for a while before we rescued her (we know the backstory so no little girls are missing a kitten!). Even after several years now of being well fed & kept, she still goes out hunting and is very successful. She eats pretty much everything she kills, (except for the intestine because its full of poo!) The only downside to her past is she is a lot smaller than other cats, due to not getting enough vitamins etc. Brizzler
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