This week we were contacted by a lady in Prestbury regarding a cat who was stray and who appeared to be living in her garden. Arrangements were made for her to bring the cat into us. On arrival as with all of our arrivals we scanned the cat for a microchip and it turns out he was chipped and was lost from an address in Macclesfield. It gave us great pleasure to call his owners and tell them we were looking after their cat!

When speaking to the owner they told us he had been missing for over 4 months and she was delighted to find out he was safe in our care, we then promptly made arrangements for her to collect him. We are sure Marley (as we now know his name) is very pleased to be home from his adventures. He is a senior cat who will have missed his home comforts.

Microchipping is one of the most effective ways to reunite lost pets with their owner. However, it is only effective if contact details are kept up to date. If your pet isn't microchipped or your details are out of date please don't delay! Contact your vet today! It’s also important to be absolutely sure that a cat is stray before taking it to a rehoming centre, or deciding to take it in yourself. If the cat appears to be healthy and well-groomed, try putting a paper collar on it with your phone number on asking the owner to contact you. If there is still no contact the cat may be lost. If you have a secure cat carrier to take him to the nearest vets they will be able to scan the cat to see if it has a microchip.