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Jemima has used up a few of her nine lives
11:00am Sunday 14th October 2012 in News
A CAT that went missing from home has turned up – seven months after she vanished.
Jemima wandered off on a snowy day in February from vet Ian Hopkins’ home in Middlewich.
The eight-year-old Birman cross no doubt used all nine lives on a journey that ended more up more than six miles away in Barnton.
“We couldn’t believe it when we got the call,” said Ian, who works at Holly House Veterinary Surgery in Knutsford.
“We were all delighted to have her back except for our dog Cookie who is now back to being beaten up by two cats again.”
When Jemima disappeared in February a cat hunt was launched that included Ian’s family searching the area, neighbours being alerted, posters being put up and an internet campaign being launched.
As the weeks passed, though, the family gave up hope of seeing Jemima again fearing that she had been stolen or killed.
However, on September 4 a woman walked into Willows Veterinary Hospital in Northwich with a stray cat that had been wandering around Barnton for a few weeks.
She had gradually befriended the cat until she was able to pick her up and take her to the vets.
“When she was brought in we thought we recongnised her as Jemima,” said Veterinary Receptionist Debbie Taylor.
“A quick scan and check on the national database confirmed our suspicions.”
Staff at the vets were able to identify the cat thanks to its microchip and now Jemima doesn’t seem any worse off for her travels.
Ian said he had lost count of the number of times he had advised pet owners to micropchip their animals during his 19 years as a vet.
“I now have first hand experience to explain to clients why microchipping is so important,” he said. “It’s nice to know that some missing pet stories do have happy endings.”