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Big reunion after cat goes missing for 7 years! reading-time-icon 2 min read

Thanks to the miracle of microchipping, Kiki the 13-year-old tortoiseshell cat has finally been reunited with her owners after disappearing from their home seven years ago!

Kiki was found by a kind stranger and brought to My Family Vets at Thurston Vets as a stray. The team looked up her microchip details and traced her back to a family based near Stowmarket, ten miles away.

‘It was a typical Monday morning,’ says Simon Lapthorne, Kiki’s owner, ‘I was at my desk working when the phone rang and a vet told me Kiki had been brought to them as a stray.

‘I was flabbergasted, really!’

The team informed Mr Lapthorne that Kiki was very cold, thin and had sustained a wound to her side.

‘They were excellent,’ he says. ‘Keen to ensure she was in good condition before she went home.’

Kiki was kept in for observation, but Mr Lapthorne and his wife were able to collect her later that day on 9th November.

‘Of course, we took a detour to our local pet shop on the way,’ says the finance professional and father of four.

‘For a long time, we’d stopped believing she’d come back. She was never one for cuddling up by the fire – she’s always been adventurous. We’re delighted to have her back with us now.’

kiki on a leather sofa at home

Because Kiki’s solo adventure took her ten miles away from home, no-one who found her would have thought to contact an owner in Stowmarket. If it wasn’t for microchipping, Kiki would never have been happily reunited with her loving family.

‘This is a great example of why microchipping is such a good idea. It would have been impossible to reunite us otherwise.’

Kiki’s owners are understandably delighted to have their feline friend back, and we’re sure Kiki is equally thrilled to be going home – despite having to endure a car journey spent inside her carrier.

‘I’d love to know what she’s been up to for the past seven years,’ says Simon.

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