Harlesden cat reunited with his owner two years after mysterious disappearance

Feline turns up at Battersea Dogs and Cats home and was traced through microchip

A Harlesden pet owner has been reunited with his cat two years after the feline went missing – thanks to a microchip.

Felix turned up at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home after mysteriously disappearing from his home in September 2010.

Luckily his owner Nicholas Cochonneau had microchipped his beloved pet so he was quickly traced when workers at the home scanned Felix on arrival.

A delighted Mr Cochonneau said: “I couldn’t believe it when Battersea got in touch to tell us they had Felix.

“My partner and I almost gave up hope of ever seeing him again, and if it wasn’t for the microchip we’d never have found him.

“We’re baffled as to where he’s been all this time, but the main thing is he’s safe and sound and we’re able to take him home.”

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Liz McWalter, Head of Intake and Assessing at Battersea, is urging cat owners to get their pets microchipped as last year only five per cent of felines that came through their doors were wearing a chip.

She added: “Microchipping is one of the most effective ways of making sure that you find your pet in the event it should go missing.

“If more animals were microchipped rescue centres like Battersea would be able to happily reunite more cats like Felix with their owners.”

For more information about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s Lost Dogs and Cats service visit http://www.battersea.org.uk/help_advice/lost_dogs_cats/ or call 020 7622 3626.