A household have been reunited with their cat they presumed was lifeless six years after he first went lacking.
Joanna and Nik Farmer, from Torquay in Devon, misplaced their cat Jimi in August 2016 after he escaped from a buddy’s open window.
After an unsuccessful search to search out him, the couple had accepted that they had been unlikely to see him once more.
Joanna described Jimi as her “greatest buddy” and mentioned she felt “heartbroken” when he went lacking.
“We searched in every single place for him, there have been even just a few sightings however they by no means turned out to be him,” Joanna mentioned.
Jimi was rescued by native charity Hector’s Home Cat Rescue earlier this month, after a girl from Babbacome mentioned she had observed a cat sleeping outdoors her house.
Whereas Jimi was microchipped and reported as lacking, the registered particulars had been all old-fashioned because the household had moved to the neighboring city of Brixham.
The charity posted an attraction to Fb on 14 October. Inside hours, it had reached Joanna.
Zara Oldfield, from Hector’s Home Cat Rescue mentioned Joanna was “completely shocked”.
“She lives 15 miles away from Torquay, so she got here and noticed him on Saturday morning,” Oldfield mentioned.
“I recorded their assembly, as a result of I’m curious to see if cats recognise their house owners after so lengthy.
“At first he didn’t have a clue however I suggested her to maintain speaking, as sound and voice is what cats reply to essentially the most. After about 4 minutes, he gave a her a protracted look after which he began headbutting her hand – he knew who she was.”
Jimi has now moved again house with Joanna. Since his disappearance, the couple now have three youngsters.
“I simply couldn’t consider it, my mouth actually dropped. It was like he hadn’t been lacking, he appeared precisely the identical,” Joanna mentioned.
“He’s been superb with the youngsters and he lays on me like he used to, giving love and affection. He hasn’t modified, he’s simply six years older. I’m nonetheless pinching myself, it’s simply unbelievable.”
Hector’s Home Cat Rescue has urged all pet house owners to make sure they microchip their cats.
“If Jimi hadn’t been microchipped, then he would nonetheless be out on the road and almost certainly would have by no means come house,” Oldfield mentioned.
“It is a lesson in why you need to microchip your pets. Individuals by no means assume their cat goes to go lacking till it occurs to them.”