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Rumpleteazer feline 'chipper' after happy reunion

06 January 2017
Rumpleteazer feline
A missing cat has been reunited with her family by Cats Protection, having been spotted “apparently lifeless” in bushes near Holy Trinity Church, Sutton Coldfield, by a cat loving passer-by on 2 January.

It is thought that Rumpleteazer, who had been missing from home for 24 hours, had been frightened by fireworks, run away from home and was found in an anxious state.

Steve Wright contacted Cats Protection’s North Birmingham Branch and volunteer Jenny Reynolds went with him to scan the motionless cat to see whether or not she was microchipped. She would then contact the owners to report on the sad news. Jenny and Steve were then surprised to see signs of life and immediately put the cat carefully in a cat carrier and rushed her to the nearest emergency vets.

Back home in Victoria Road, Sutton Coldfield, the Trappett family had been worried about the whereabouts of their cat, especially daughters Ashleigh and Stacey. She had disappeared from the garden around 2pm on New Year’s Day. They had searched throughout the day and continued during the night, and with over 24 hours elapsed with no sign, were just about to give up hope - when they got the call from the vet that she was found safe and well.

Ashleigh, who is 17 and an A-level student at Bishop Walsh School, Sutton Coldfield couldn’t believe her ears. “We did name her after the character in Cats. In the story, Rumpleteazer gets into lots of trouble, so our girl is living up to her reputation!

"We were so very happy to have her back home. Jenny delivered her to us, and we couldn’t be more relieved. But Rumpleteazer wasn’t in the least repentant, just hungry, and went off for a sleep on my bed wondering what all the fuss was about. She is seven, I’m 17, and we’re back together in 2017 – so number seven is definitely my lucky number!”

Steve Wright, who is a decorator and lives in Erdington, initially raised the alarm as he was staying in Sutton Coldfield looking after a friend's house. "I saw the cat shoot from behind some bins, and thought it may have been hit by a car and gone into the bushes to die. I got someone else to look too, and they agreed it was lifeless. We stared and stared but there appeared to be no movement. I wanted some advice on what to do, so I went to see Jenny at Cats Protection. We were both so surprised when those eyes opened!" 

Jenny said: “We were delighted to reunite Rumpleteazer with her family. We wish that, like dogs, all cats had to be microchipped. Microchipping helps cats get reunited with their owners and in sad circumstances like this might have been, gives closure when a cat is killed in a road traffic accident.

We are also incredibly grateful to them for their donation, as all the work we do is funded by the public.

"We’ve asked Ashleigh if we can go into her school and give a presentation about the work of the branch and cat care – and that definitely includes the importance of microchipping.”

Cats Protection reunites 3,000 cats with their owners across the UK every year and always recommends microchipping as a safe and permanent method of identification to increase the chance of being reunited with lost pets. For more information visit www.cats.org.uk 
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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.
Notes to Editors: 
  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk