A microchipping success: Baby

Baby the cat - back homeThis is Rosie Pouchong, who became Baby, because she was the first kitten born under our bed in 2003 to her mother Noo.

Now, Baby is an old lady of 16 and has been keeping close to home for years, her mousing days over, her adventures across the High Street a dim memory, our anxiety that she'd be hit by a car - forgotten. Her thrills are cream in a saucer and baking in the hot summer sun by the Mexican orange blossom. Home-based fun.

Day 1: Baby went walkabout. She was nowhere to be found. Not on the corner of the rug. Not in the bathroom cupboard. Not in the garden. Day 2: we registered her missing with her microchip provider who said they'd contact relevant people within a 30-mile radius. Day 3: we went looking under cars and speaking to neighbours behind our garden. My husband drew a blank at the old people's home reception but, on his way out, saw a group of carers having a break in the sun. He told them our sorry tale and they were all very comforting - one woman said she never gave up hope when her cat had gone missing and just imagined him sitting happily scratching himself on a gate somewhere. When my husband came home, we felt as if we'd reached the end of our luck. We felt sure she was gone forever. She was so elderly. It had been 3 days. No-one had seen her. We just hoped that because she was microchipped at least we would find out if she had been run over or had died somewhere . We hoped that whoever found her dead would check and contact us.

But then, day 4 arrived. There was what seemed like just another knock at the door and our dog ran and barked questions. A volunteer from Cambridge Cats Protection had come with the best news - Baby was alive and in a house down the road and we could collect her straight away. One of the women outside the care home had found her but didn't know how to contact the man who'd come asking about her. So, she'd got in touch with Cats Protection, who came around straightaway and read Baby's microchip and found us.

We knocked on a door in the High Street, perhaps 30 houses away, and it turns out that my dog and I knew this woman and her daughters from our walks in the village - they'd stopped to chat and talk dog, as lovely people do. It turns out that they'd found Baby under a car almost opposite our house on day 3 when it was pouring with rain. Baby had been making a huge racket, crying and being cute so they took her home, wrapped her in a blanket and fed her.

Now Baby is home and has made herself comfortable in our bedroom now, all of us and the dog together. She has developed a taste for Sheba Cuts. We think she is all adventured out. Thank goodness. We are terribly grateful to Cats Protection for reading her microchip and putting us in touch with the wonderful family who found her and took her in. And the Cats Protection volunteer who came to our door - from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for coming the minute you found us to tell us the good news in person.

Sandy and Simon, August 2019

Microchips

All the cats rehomed by Cambridge Cats Protection are routinely microchipped. Being able to quickly reunite cats with their owners is rewarding and can prevent new homes having to be found when there is already a home desperately missing their cat. Microchipping provides a permanent means of identification. A microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin on the back of the cat's neck. Once in place, it works like a supermarket bar code. Any animal that is found and taken to a rescue centre or veterinary surgery, is checked for a microchip using a scanner. If the animal is microchipped, the scanner reads the registration number. This number is held on a national database with the owner's contact details and the owner will be contacted. It's very important that owners contact the microchip database if they move house or change phone numbers.

Here is another microchipping success story about Percy.
A story about Flip & Flop - a microchip saved a car-addicted cat.