Cat Escapes From Veterinarian, Returns 8 Years Later

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Jesse, a family cat who ran away eight years ago, has returned home to owner Lesley Corbett. The tomcat was only 18 months old when he smashed his way out of a cat carrier and ran into the street during a trip to the veterinarian.

Cat Returns Home After 8 Years

Along with her husband and two daughters, Corbett searched the area for days and put up missing cat posters. Sadly, there was no sign of their runaway. But last Friday, Corbett received a call from the vet's office, Charter Veterinary Surgeons, from which Jesse had bolted many years prior. The feline had been spotted hanging around the animal hospital by another client. Soon the cat was identified through his microchip.

"We have no idea where Jesse has been for eight years, but we are so happy to have him back," Corbett said.

Jesse had been a present to one of Corbett's daughters, who was only six when the cat went missing.

"She has never forgotten about him," Corbett said. "But both of my daughters absolutely burst into tears as soon as I walked back through the door with him. They were so happy to see him."

Lesley Corbett of Stoke-on-Trent with cat Jessie who went missing for eight years before returning. Jesse, a ginger and white cat, ran away from his owners, who live near the Staffordshire-Cheshire border, in May 2006 during a trip to the vet. However, on 28 February the vet rang Jesse's owner, Lesley Corbett, from Mow Cop, to say her cat had returned.  See News Team story NTICAT; A delighted family has been reunited with their long-lost cat EIGHT years after he went missing - when he turned up at the same VETS he ran away from. Adventurous Jesse, a ginger and white tomcat, was just 18-months old when he made a dash for freedom in May 2006. The feline had been so scared about going for his jabs he managed to break-free by smashing through the door of his cat box. He ran off down the street and was never seen again despite owner Lesley Corbett, 48, searching the area for days and putting up missing cat posters.

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Now the runaway feline is adjusting to life in his old home again, and the family says they are spoiling him rotten.

"At first he didn't appear to recognize us. But now that he's been in the same house with everyone for a week, he's beginning to realize who we are," Corbett said.

The family had long since given up hope of seeing Jesse again, so they are absolutely thrilled to have him back.

"He's a very talkative cat and sometimes I just wish I could interpret what he's saying. He must have some great stories from the past eight years," Corbett said.

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Cats are in general a bit crazy, and they don't always make good long range decisions. Sometime they just luck out in the end. ;-)

March 12 2014 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

and you wehrlerichard, I cant believe you wrote your shameful story down. I took care of 7 homeless Cats, I moved across the country with all 7 cats. I have still one cat who like to urinate sometimes on different spots (afraid, angry whatever) I clean after her and love her the same like the other ones.
The time show when your both are older and you lose your control over your bladder maybe there is somebody out there who drop you of and let you helpless there. some People are so sick...............don't tell me you still love your other cats

March 11 2014 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey wlh1923, I hope before you need a whole bunch meds because you get older someone euthanize you and toss you old body into a dumpster, People like you are never able to learn what is LOVE. You are a hopeless CREATURE

March 11 2014 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You would think the microchip would have looked a lot older after eight years,
so I'm surprised anyone would recognize it! Anyway, I'm ecstatic you folks
got your beloved cat back. It really made my day!

March 11 2014 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 11 2014 at 8:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I believe this story. We were taking care of a cat that a neighbor had, that they sort of let go around our place. It would come every single day over and sleep for a while and be there then go home. We grew to love that little cat, but it was not ours and we knew that. After while they moved away, We saw that cat leave with them, and we were sad. They moved far enough away but in the same area that you would not expect the cat to come back. 6 months later at the front door was the cat, crying and crying and skinny and has been with us ever since. Amazing, yes, true yes. I believe it, you treat them right, they don't forget.

March 11 2014 at 8:08 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hey thanks for the call doc'. You say you have our now almost ten year old cat that got away 8 years ago? The ten year old cat that probably needs a ton of veterinary care? Hey, euthanize him and toss the carcass in the dumpster. Thanks for the call though.

March 11 2014 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Unless arrangements were made in advance, I'm appauled with "wehrlerichard"! "Dropped her cat off at a farm house..." that is not being a responsible pet owner. Shame.

March 11 2014 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My wife dropped her cat off at a farm house do to a urination problem in the house. 3 years later we received a call from her veterinarian/ humane society where she adopted the cat, they said they had her cat at the vet. The cat traveled close to 35 miles for 3 years and it literally was less than a mile from our house before someone picked up the cat up and was keeping it in there house until they took it to the vet. That was one determined cat to find its way back home. The cat had a chip inside, we signed the cat back over to the vet/ humane society where he was adopted by the people who found the cat. My wife was so upset because she thought the cat was living at the farm house and for this to happen was unnerving. We still love our 2 cats that are 14 and 6.

March 11 2014 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to wehrlerichard's comment

Your wife's cat went through all that to get back home and you couldn't give him a second chance? Probably just as well. Hopefully the new owners will keep him for a lifetime, just like all owners should.

March 11 2014 at 6:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You people don't deserve a cat! You don't EVER just drop off a cat at someone's house, expecting them to take in your cast-off. Plus, if you adopted her from a shelter, their rules say you must take them back there and not just give them away (or in your case, abandon). At least you kept the 2 'perfect' ones...

March 11 2014 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I have eight cats, six house cats and two barn cats, all are microchiped... costs very little, about $25... cheaper than buying collars and all collars are dangerous for cats, even indoor cats. Years ago a neighbor's cat with a collar got hung up on a basement window latch and died. Never collar a cat.

March 11 2014 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to SHELDON's comment

Yes, DO collar a cat, just make sure it's a "break away" collar.

March 11 2014 at 6:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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