Cat Escapes From Veterinarian, Returns 8 Years Laterthe daily dish
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.
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."
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.