Sightseeing cat takes 70-mile solo trip to London
An elderly cat has been reunited with her baffled owners at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after the roaming moggy independently travelled over 70 miles from Colchester to the UK capital.
Eighteen year old Amy mysteriously arrived in London on Wednesday 19 March, after departing from her Colchester home earlier that day. The mature moggy was brought to the world renowned animal charity by a member of public who found her on a university campus in Greenwich. Her owners Jacqueline and Colin Bramble were stunned to receive a call from the London rescue centre after the black and white feline’s microchip provided Battersea with their details.
Jacqueline said: “We were totally shocked when we received the phone call from Battersea and cannot understand how she managed to get from our home to London in one day. We went looking around the area for her but had no luck, we never imagined when Battersea called that she would be there!
“There have been a lot of deliveries recently and she must have jumped into a van and got a ride into London. Thankfully, she had a chip and we are so grateful to everyone at Battersea and the people who brought her there for helping us bring her home safely. She is a very inquisitive girl, and we are so relieved to have her home after her big adventure!
Battersea takes in around 3,000 cats every year across its three centres, and 75 per cent of cats do not have microchips, and therefore cannot be traced back to their owners.
Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Cattery, said: “We are so pleased Amy and her owners were able to be reunited, thanks to her microchip. Cats can be very curious creatures and collars are not always 100 per cent reliable, so for cats like Amy, a microchip is a must. We have thousands of cats who arrive at Battersea every year and only 25 per cent are microchipped, it is often obvious they have a loving home that will be missing them, but we have no way of getting them back together without a microchip.”