August 27, 2012
Lost cat found 5 years later
By KATIE SCHNEIDER QMI Agency
CALGARY -- The cat came back, it just took a really long detour, to the wrong house.
Mowgli the cat was long feared dead by owners Pat and Derek Rollock after it went missing from their Glamorgan neighbourhood home five years ago.
But in a strange twist of fate, Pat's feline friend turned up recently, living with another family, several kilometres away in downtown Sunalta in a house she has driven by hundreds of times.
"I was stunned, I almost fell off my chair -- I couldn't believe it," she said.
When a three-month search in 2007 turned up nothing on her lost seven-year-old cat, which suffers from epilepsy, the Rollocks assumed the worst and gave up.
"We thought he probably didn't survive because he didn't have medication for three months and his seizures were pretty bad," Pat said.
"We said our goodbyes to him not knowing really what happened to him."
Long after writing off the feline, her vet called just last week, saying their missing Mowgli had been found.
The cat had shown up emaciated on the doorstep of Mitzi and Jim Burke, seven months after it went missing, its identification tattoos to faded to easily read.
The Burkes nursed him back to health and after reporting him found, but with nobody coming forward to claim him, they kept him for their own and named him Vinnie.
"He was skin and bones -- he was so badly starved he tried to eat a toy mouse," Burke said, adding they love animals so had no problem giving it a home.
During a recent trip to a new clinic for blood work, Burke asked the vet to take another attempt at reading the tattoo.
"We wanted to know the circumstances behind what happened," he said.
By using a backlight behind Mowgli's ear, the vet was able to trace the tattoo to the clinic where it was neutered and on Aug. 17, the Rollocks were reunited with their long lost cat, now 12 years old.
"If he did (recognize me) it wasn't very obvious," Pat said with a laugh.
They are letting him stay with his new owners and will help pay for his vet bills.
"We thought he is better off where he is and they said their door is always open -- they have hearts of gold, we are so thankful to them."
To both families, the cat is a survivor.
"He had to cross a lot of busy roads so he had a guardian angel looking after him," Rollock said.