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Katy's Story

In April 2011, we received a report that a little ginger cat was hiding under a shed in Elgin. We sent one of our fosterers, Anne, out to see if she could find her. She caught her and named her Flossy. “Flossy” was taken straight to the vet for a check up. When she was scanned, no microchip registered so she came to stay with Maggie our Co-ordinator, while we waited to see if anyone reported her missing.

During the week she was in our care, she was found to be profoundly deaf and also suffering from hyperthyroidism. She was scanned again a week later during a check up for her medical condition and a microchip was detected this time. The owners in Elgin were quickly traced and she was back with them within 30 minutes.

When Maggie dropped her off, she discovered that her real name was Katy, that she is 14 years old and she had been missing for three weeks. Her family had put up posters and notified relevant parties. Obviously calling her name round the area had fallen on very deaf ears! She is a lovely little cat and was none the worse for her ordeal. Her owners were overjoyed to have her home and she was glad to be home too. They had not known she was deaf, believing that she was coming to them when called, although this was more likely due to her seeing them. Her owners intend to make sure she does not go out again as it is too dangerous for her to deal with traffic and her surroundings.

It is good to have a happy ending and shows the advantage of having your cat microchipped! If you need more information on cat deafness please
click here or for hyperthyroidism, please click here


Marmaduke's Tale


Marmaduke was seen in the Alves area over winter near a couple’s bothy. He appeared to be dragging one of his legs. The couple contacted us and one of our volunteers went out, found him and picked him up as he was very friendly.

Our volunteer took him straight to the vet where the decision was made to amputate his front right leg. We stayed in touch with the couple who had spotted him and they offered to pay for his treatment and put up posters in the area to see if Marmaduke’s owners could be found.

No one came forward to say he was theirs, but a couple from Rafford saw the posters and decided they would like to adopt him. They contributed towards the vet bill for his treatment for which we are very grateful. Marmaduke stayed in Cat Protection care with one of our fosterers until he had recuperated from the operation. He has settled into to his new home and is coping magnificently on 3 legs.