Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Yorkshire cat found safe in Suffolk

A cat from Yorkshire has been reunited with her owner after being found 170 miles away in Suffolk.

Ginger tabby Kitz was discovered among a group of stray and feral cats by Alison Lardner, a volunteer for Cats Protection’s Breckland branch.

An elderly lady had been feeding the cats that passed through her Mildenhall garden. The charity was called in to help trap, neuter and return them to help control the population and prevent the spread of disease.

Kitz: safe and well after her journey. Photo: Judith Wakelam

Something about Kitz’s healthy appearance and friendly manner convinced Alison that she was not a feral or long-term stray. As the cats were taken to a local vet, Alison continued to wonder about her. “Something made me ring back and ask whether they could check whether the ginger cat had a microchip,” she said.

The cat did have a microchip – showing that she was registered to an address in Leeds!

“I was so happy to hear that they’d found her,” said Kitz’s owner, dance teacher Jason Williams. “But I didn’t expect them to say Kitz was in Suffolk – that’s a three-hour drive!”

Jason had never before visited Suffolk and has no idea how Kitz ended up in the county.

“She’d gone missing in May,” said Jason. “We’d moved to a new area of Leeds and kept her inside for four or five months before we let her out…Then she started going for little walks and we thought that was ok. But one day, she went off and didn’t return.”

Jason and Kitz were reunited in Suffolk. Photo: Judith Wakelam

Jason and his partner searched everywhere for their cat; putting up posters, phoning veterinary surgeries, pacing the neighbourhood at night while calling her name. “We still had hope that she was all right because she was microchipped.”

And Jason was correct – so in August, after getting the call about Kitz, he travelled down to Suffolk to be reunited with her at Alison Lardner’s home.

Now back in Leeds, Kitz is doing well. “She constantly wants to go out,” said Jason. “I think she’s more used to being outside than inside now.”

Jason admitted he’d had initial reservations about getting Kitz microchipped but a friend changed his mind. He added: “I’m really glad I got her microchipped.”


  1. What a great story. Our cat has been missing for 3 weeks now, and we're hoping her microchip will bring her home soon too. Our fingers are crossed! Here's our Facebook LOST CAT page www.facebook.com/events/424931420877416/

    1. HI Richard,

      my cat went missing for 6 whole weeks and she came back! She had been locked in a shed very near my house and must have surviviving on mice and rainy water. When she got back she was very thin but she was fine. I just want to say to you ndon't lose hope. Cats are amazing creature and great at surviving. I know it is upsetting but just think that hshe will be back. Grace

  2. Lovely story, and to the person above, I really hope you are reunited with your cat soon x

  3. Shes so cute, so glad she came home. xxx

  4. The power of the microchip, worth every penny!

  5. A happy ending and I am very glad for the owners and the pussy!! Microchips are a godsend xx

  6. Amazing story - yay for the microchip! Take care

  7. Our Alison is a super star.
    So glad Kitz is home safe

  8. The morale of this story is PLEASE EVERYONE HAVE YOUR PET MICRO-CHIPPED it doesn't cost a great deal and it can save you months of heartbreak should your pet wonder. Also if your pet is a cat have it neutered it will cut down their wondering and save a great number of unwanted kittens. Thank you C.P volunteer

  9. Hi,

    I would like to give a big thank you to cats protection for the return of Kitz. I would also like to give a enormous thank you to Allison for having a second thought about Kitz regarding checking for a microchip.
    I would encourage everyone to microchip their pets as this really help put my mind at ease with Kitz being missing. She was missing for so long but with the help of micro chipping and the dedication of the cat protection, Kitz has returned home and is very well. So glad to have her back.

    Thank you again

    Jason Williams