Deaf cat found in water tank a month after disappearance reunited with owner

Ted Hennessey
"Relief": Basti was missing for a month: Handout

A deaf cat has been reunited with its owner after it was found in a water tank a month after it disappeared.

Diana Jaleru, 30, from Colliers Wood, discovered her one-year-old rescue cat Basti was missing after she failed to return on August 4.

Ms Jaleru began a desperate hunt using a bluetooth tracker attached to her pet but could find no sign of her.

The breakthrough came a month later when she received a call from Thames Water employee Matt who said he had found Basti in a water tank a few roads away.

“I couldn’t believe it, I had received so many calls and pictures of cats, I thought this would be the same, so I asked him to take a picture,” Ms Jaleru said.

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“When I saw it was Basti, I left work, which is two hours away, and went straight to the water plant. She had lost so much weight, she was really thin and dirty but I was so relieved.”

Matt and his colleagues had heard meows from the tank and found Basti inside. They used planks of wood to help her get out and were able to contact the owner from a medallion around Basti’s neck with her phone number.

She added: “Thankfully the vet said she was fine. Basti has travelled around a lot, she was found abandoned in Brussels before I had her, but I think she has banned herself from the outdoors for a bit.”

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