A Cornwall family have received the ultimate Christmas present as their beloved pet cat is home almost four years after he went missing.
Bumble was finally reunited with his family yesterday thanks to his microchip after they spent years thinking “he had died alone”.
Bumble, who is a moggy, joined the family at just seven weeks old and he was seven years old when he went missing from the family home in Penryn, three years and five months ago.
Owner Chloe said: “He went missing from the Saracen area, but used to go off a few days at time so we didn’t panic at first.”
But after the days, weeks and then months went by, the family became more unsure that their beloved Bumble would ever return home.
After he had been missing for almost two years they assumed that he was dead or had been stolen and moved house to Mylor, near Falmouth.
But yesterday afternoon, Chloe received the call that owners of missing pets long to recieve. She said: “I had a call at 12pm on my mobile and missed it. Then I thought I better call back just in case it’s something important.
“It was a call from Vets4Pets saying we have a cat of yours,” she said. “So when they said a tabby I burst into tears.”
They vet told her that a local man had spotted Bumble nine months ago, thinking he was a stray and had spent the last nine months trying to trap him to check for a chip.
She said: “My family are so relieved and beyond grateful to the kind man who trapped him after trying for nine months and for both Rosemullion veterinary practice and Vets4Pets for working together to get in touch with me.
“This was easily the best phone call I had this year. This cat is a huge part of our family and we missed him so much. We never stopped looking and going back to our old home. We are beyond happy, last night I slept with my cat on my pillow.”
Bumble has now been home for one day and Chloe said he very happy and recognised her as soon as she collected him. She said: “He purred and cuddled into me.”
Chloe wants to remind people of the importance of micro-chipping and keeping your pets chip up to-date.
Despite them moving two years after Bumble went missing, the family updated the microchip and the vets were able to track them down and reunite a now ten-year-old Bumble, who will no doubt be enjoying his retirement in the comfort of his family home.
She said: “Without that microchip he would just be a stray handed in with no home to go to.”
A member of staff at Rosemullion veterinary practice in Falmouth , said: “The cat was reunited after all that time and people were very generous to have stayed and waited until the owner could collect him.”
She told Cornwall Live that everyone working at the practice is elated, saying: “Stories like this are few and far between so it’s always joyful when you get something like that and an owner comes in expecting the worst but a member of the family is reunited.
Often owners forget to update their information with the microchip company and with their vets, with the most common issues being when someone moves address or when they change their contact number.
She said: “What owners do fail to realise is they need to keep the cat updated with the actual company so if you happen to move you need to update your address details and current telephone numbers should be updated with the vets as well.”