I’m not sure that the outcome of this story is the one that I would have wanted. Ms Amy Davies and family, from Rochdale, were in Scotland at the Rowardennen campsite on the shores of Loch Lomond in 2008 with her tortoiseshell-and-white female cat named Georgie. They were there for half term break during October apparently.
Georgie vanished on the day that Ms Davies and her family were due to return home to Rochdale. Georgie was three-years-of-age at the time. That makes her 15-years-of-age currently. Throughout the long period of separation Georgie was cared for at the campsite.
To cut a long story short, it was discovered that Georgie was microchipped and that Ms Davies is the owner. However, she doesn’t want her long lost cat back because she doesn’t believe that she will fit in with the her household and lifestyle (my understanding of the current situation). It seems that she has got another cat and that she believes that Georgie wouldn’t get on with her new cat.
Georgie is now with Cats Protection at Glasgow. They highlighted the advantages of micro-chipping your cat. The microchip details were not up-to-date but they sent an email and letter which appear to have arrived and therefore that part of the contact details were correct.
Ms Davies said that she wanted to jump in her car and collect Georgie but decided against it:
When I spoke to the centre I knew our life now just wouldn’t suit Georgie as she doesn’t like other pets and needs space to come and go.
I wonder if the staff at Cats Protection convinced her to give up the idea of reuniting with Georgie? It appears that they did by arguing that Georgie had lived at a campsite and was therefore used to a free-roaming lifestyle. Personally, I would have collected her. I would have made that effort and found a way to fit her in to my current lifestyle. Perhaps Ms Davies’s circumstances are just too unsuited but she appears to have been talked into giving up the idea of a reunion.
Note: As at the date of this post Georgie is not listed as a cat available for adoption at the Glasgow branch of Cats Protection? Perhaps she has already been adopted. She is an old cat though. Old cats are harder to rehome.
It is also extremely likely that Georgie would have recognised Ms Davies after all these years apart. There are numerous examples of lost cats being reunited and quickly settling in after many years apart almost as if they were lost for a few days.
Some more on lost cats