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Cat in the box!

Posted by Abigail on Thursday 24th of March 2016

Anyone who shares their life with a cat knows that cats love boxes. Large or small, put a box on the floor and it's not long before it is being thoroughly investigated by your feline friend, who then assumes occupation, despite your best efforts to reclaim your box for its intended purpose.

Two weeks ago, the owners of a beautiful Siamese cat packaged up some DVDs to send to Worthing, West Sussex. The parcel was sealed and posted from Falmouth in Cornwall, arriving safely at its destination some 8 days after it had been sent.

Imagine how surprised the recipient was when, along with the anticipated DVDs, an elegant Siamese cat emerged from the box. This person was somewhat startled as they were not expecting to receive a free cat along with their order of DVDs.

The stunned buyer recovered themselves enough to contact the RSPCA who collected the cat and brought her to Grove Lodge Vets for a thorough health check. On arrival, we scanned this gorgeous girl to check for a microchip. Everyone was delighted when a chip was located and even more so when we found that the contact details were up to date and we were able to contact her owners straightaway. They had been frantically searching for their beloved cat, putting up posters in the local area but not for one second realising that she had been accidentally posted to an address in West Sussex, more than 260 miles away!

This is probably one of the most extraordinary stories any of us at Grove Lodge Vets has ever heard. The serious side of this incredible journey is that poor Cupcake was extremely dehydrated and has required intensive treatment to ensure she recovers fully. However, she seems quite relaxed and unconcerned and is sitting in her kennel in our cat ward waiting for her family.

Her owners will be travelling down to collect her shortly and were absolutely delighted to hear that Cupcake is safe and well. We would never have been able to reunite Cupcake with her grateful owners had it not been for her microchip - another story with a happy ending brought about by a microchip!