Ginger cat Thomas has been reunited with his owner thanks to his microchip.
In aid of Kiss a Ginger Day, we’re sharing a story of one ginger moggy who has been happily reunited with his owner after going missing.
Adventurous cat Thomas is finally settling in back at home in Wrexham after being collected by his owner, Susan, on Monday. He had been missing for the last few months. He had been in the care of Cats Protection’s Wrexham Adoption Centre after he was found living near Subway, Starbucks and the Travelodge in Rhostyllen, four-and-a-half miles away from his home.
Credit: Tom Leech
Susan said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard Cats Protection had Thomas in its care and he was safe and well – I was devastated when he went missing and after so many weeks had gone by, I was convinced I’d never see him again.”
“Thank goodness I’d had him microchipped so they could let me know he’d been found.”
Wrexham Adoption Centre had been alerted after concern grew from local staff and customers of Subway, Starbucks and the Travelodge. Pictures of Thomas, or Teriyaki as he had become known, were posted on a lost and found Facebook page.
Credit: Tom Leech
He was then taken to the centre last Sunday, where he was scanned for a microchip and Susan’s contact details were found. Adoption Centre Manager Suzan Kennedy said: “We are so pleased to see Thomas reunited with Susan – this amazing story shows the importance of microchipping cats and keeping the contact details up to date.
“We were able to reunite Thomas with his overjoyed owner quickly and easy – without a microchip, sadly that may never have happened.”
It’s not known for sure how Thomas strayed so far from home, but it is thought he may have climbed into a vehicle and didn’t know how to find his way home.
Susan says: “I’m absolutely made up to see Thomas again and to be able to give him a great big kiss!”
Veterinary note: It’s okay to kiss your cat as long as both owner and cat are healthy, the cat is well socialised and used to this level of human contact. Avoid kissing on the lips for hygiene reasons and avoid the stomach as many cats don’t like being touched in this area. Cats tend to prefer brief interactions and greetings tend to be nose to nose.