A Sleaford vet’s surgery turned pet detective and helped reunite a cat with her owners after she went missing a year ago.
Quarrington Veterinary Surgery returned adopted black and white cat Beatrice to her owners after she was found hanging around the PGL centre at Caythorpe Heath.
As a pregnant young cat, she was left in a cardboard box on a common in Mansfield, where she was taken in by the Cat’s Protection League and adopted by Heather Rees of Barnby in the Willows, near Newark, in 2009. Mrs Rees said: “Bea was a lovely friendly cat, loved being cuddled, joined in coffee breaks and liked children. She’d never gone far from our cottage and was always around, that is until last summer, when she just vanished. I put notices up all round our village, children off school and other people came round with sightings of black and white cats but none of them were Beatrice.”
Mrs Rees can only think that Bea stowed away in a tradesman’s van from the New Window Company that had visited the house to do some work, then slipped out unnoticed when the worker arrived home in Caythorpe 10 miles away.
She said: “By October I’d given up on finding Bea and thought I would never see her again. The house felt lonely without a cat and I got a little grey kitten, Sherlock.” Bea had been micro-chipped just one week before she vanished, but Heather was amazed to get a phone call a year on from the Quarrington surgery to say she had been found and recognised through her chip.
She had been noticed hanging around the PGL centre for a couple of weeks and had possibly even been unwittingly befriended by the daughter of Heather’s friend when she stayed at the centre. A staff member brought her to Quarrington vets last Monday, thinking she was a stray.
Bea is now back home and is making friends with new cat Sherlock.
Mrs Rees said: “It is unbelievable, after a couple of months you begin to give up. She is quite a good hunter so I imagine she has been living off mice in the barns at Caythorpe. The company said they had noticed less around this year.”