Plucky cat who went missing a year ago turns up over 200 MILES away from home

A cat who went missing from her home last year has been found more than 200 miles away.

Nearly nine months after her disappearance, Indy was found sleeping in an old pram in a woman’s shed in Great Harwood. The 16-year-old cat was malnourished and in ‘some state’ and rescuers from Cat Friends of Hyndburn quickly captured her and rushed her to the vets where she was scanned for a microchip.

Rescuers were utterly shocked to discover Indy was in fact from Bishopton in Scotland. Her owner Michelle Cairney described it as a ‘miracle,’ saying she thought she was ‘gone’ after all that time.

Michelle received the wonderful news on April 12 after her husband was notified by rescuers that Indy was in their care down south. Michelle, 43, said: “We moved to the Dargavel part of Bishopton last year and in the August Indy got out - we just thought she’d come back, as you do.


“As the months went on and on we began to lose hope, although she’s microchipped so if anyone had found her we would’ve got a call - so I began to think maybe she found another home and someone was feeding her. We just assumed she was still in the area and she’d reappear, until we got the call on Friday.”

After Michelle’s husband received the call the pair drove five and a half hours to get her on Sunday, April 14, after Indy received some veterinary treatment. When the couple moved into their home in Dargavel there was still work being done around them, meaning lots of tradesman vans were in the area and they think Indy may have climbed inside and later found herself down south.

After living as a stray for nine months, the senior cat was in ‘extremely poor’ condition and almost ‘skeletal’ - she also suffered from mange which is when mites burrow into the skin. Posting to Facebook, Cat Friends of Hyndburn wrote: “We were alerted to a cat in an extremely poor condition. When we say poor condition, we mean the worst condition we’ve seen a cat in quite some time.

“Even our vet commented that he hadn’t seen a cat in such a poor condition in a very long time. She was suffering from horrific mange and almost skeletal. This poor cat had apparently been straying around Great Harwood for a few months, sleeping in an old pram in a shed.

“Lots of people must have seen her in this condition in that time and done nothing at all to help her. Our Laura went to collect her and scan her for a microchip. Not only was she microchipped but even better than that- the phone number on the chip was up to date!

“To our complete shock and amazement, Indy is 16 years old and has been missing for NINE whole months all the way from...GLASGOW!”

After a crazy nine month journey, Indy is settling in back home and has a little more ‘energy’ day by day.