Missing cat Mozart is found TWO YEARS after he went missing… and he’d only travelled 4km!
A ‘grateful’ pet owner has been reunited with his cat after it went missing almost two years ago.
Marc Boote’s cat Mozart was found by police officers at Government House, just four kilometers from Mr Boote’s Norwood home in Adelaide, on November 6.
RSPCA staff managed to track down Mozart’s owner thanks to a microchip fitted to the cat before it went missing.
Marc Boote (pictured center) was reunited with his missing cat Mozart after he disappeared almost two years ago
Mr Boote had missed Mozart dearly since he disappeared in December 2021 and said he was relieved the cat is safe and sound.
He is now busy making his pergola ‘cat-proof’, so that Mozart will no longer escape.
‘I’m so grateful that he’s doing well and that he’s back home, and I urge people to make sure their cats are microchipped because I would never have gotten Mozart back if he didn’t have that identification had.’ Mr Boote told it Nine news.
Nalika van Loenen from RSPCA Rescue found Mozart through the dogs and cats online (DACO) database.
The registry allows local residents of South Australia to search for stray dogs and cats.
RSCPA rescuers traced Mozart (pictured) back to his owner via a microchip placed in the cat before it disappeared
Carolyn Jones from the RSPCA said rescuers are more likely to return dogs to their owners than cats because more dogs are microchipped.
“Half of the stray dogs that come to us are microchipped and can therefore be returned to their owners, only about four percent of stray cats have microchips,” Ms Jones said.
Ms Jones said unless missing cats are spotted on the RSPCA’s strays page, there is usually a five-day period before the pets are claimed by their rightful owner.
The agency is working to find new homes for the animals if they are not returned to their owners during this time.