Ginger cat in fox trap

Ginger cat in fox trap

Back in December 2009 a family stopped in the Park on their way to the cats boarding home with their two pets who were booked in for a holiday. Due to unforseen circumstances one ginger cat, really only a kitten, escaped and for the next week the owners and ‘Fudge’ played cat and mouse in the forest around the visitor centre. Unfortunately without success and for several months there was no trace of him, although we kept contact with his owners just in case.

Then in September 2010 a large ginger cat was seen hunting rabbits on Butser hill, and there followed a series of sightings close to the visitor centre. By Christmas 2010 it was clear that the cat was living under the classroom in the main car park and finding what food it could in the skip, and centre litter bins. At that point we contacted the owners and started putting out cat food. During this time the cat remained very wary of human contact and only appeared after dark.

It took some while to locate a fox trap, with the intention of catching the cat alive so that it could be identified. Fudge had been microchipped so it would become clear if the stray cat was in fact the same animal that had been lost so long ago.

The trap was set for three nights before the cat was caught and the owners contacted straight away. The transfer in to a cat box proved straightforward with the animal remaining remarkably calm.

The following is part of a text from the family to end the story…’Hi..just wanted to let you know the vet scanned for a microchip and it is our cat Fudge. We are so pleased to have him back and at this precise moment he is decked out on the sofa!! We can’t thankyou enough for everything you’ve done – the children were so excited when they got home to find him here. He’s so calm and affectionate so there will be no problem with him being integrated back in to the family. Please say thankyou to everyone at QECP. The Wood family’.

 Over the course of a year we do get many lost dogs, and the occasional cat. In this case the persistence of the owners, and the fact that Fudge stayed close to where he was lost, and was micro-chipped made all the difference.  

Fudge and owner reunited

Fudge and owner reunited

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