Lost cat reunited with ‘gobsmacked’ owner after 20 years missing

A CAT lost for 20 years was finally reunited with its owner for the final few days of its life.

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Phoebe was found cold and wet in a field in Bridgemere, Cheshire, by a woman who took the 22-year-old moggy to her local RSPCA centre.
Staff found she was microchipped, and were stunned to find her owner, Christine Ball, lived only a few miles from where she was found. And in an even more surprising discovery, they learned Phoebe had even been adopted from their very centre, the Stapeley Grange Animal Centre in Nantwich, when she was a kitten. Ms Ball told Nantwich News: “We were absolutely gobsmacked when we got a phone call from the RSPCA to say they had found Phoebe.

"She went missing when she was aged just two. We think someone probably took her and she somehow got lost because she always stayed close to home and didn’t venture far.

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“We went looking for her with neighbours and posted leaflets all those years ago but to no avail.

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22-year-old Phoebe was found after 20 years away from her owner. (Image: SWNS)

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Phoebe was taken to the RSPCA. (Image: RSPCA)

“The vet said she wouldn’t have survived 20 years as a stray, and we think someone probably took her in and cared for her as their pet. We would love to know who did care for her just to find out about her life after she left us.

After Phoebe was brought into the RSPCA centre, staff quickly warmed her up with heat pads before she was sent for veterinary treatment. But there were grave concerns about her health.

Sadly, she was having fits and it was discovered she was in very poor health with a brain tumour. The vet decided the kindest thing to do was to put her down.

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Phoebe the cat

Phoebe when she was a kitten (Image: SWNS)Phoebe did get to spend two days at home with Christine and she was given plenty of love and comfort in her hours of need. Ms Ball added: “It was sad we found her and so soon afterwards we had to let her go. But it was nice to have some time with her especially as she really needed comforting during her hour of need.“It did bring some closure to us and we are grateful she lived to such a ripe age, someone else must have really looked after her well. We are so grateful to the woman who found her and took her to the RSPCA.”

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