December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When Debra Wood got a call to say her missing pet cat Nugget had been found safe and well she was more than just happy – she was astounded.
For little Nugget had been gone for so long she had given up hope of ever finding her.
But after an incredible four years apart, the beloved feline is finally back with Ms Wood in their north Norfolk home, after an adventure which included a stay at a caravan park.
Ms Wood said: “It’s amazing. I never thought I’d see her again. I thought she’d been killed or died somewhere.
“I’m just so happy every time I look at her, she’s like my little miracle.”
And the remarkable reunion, thanks to a microchip, marks a happy turn for Nugget, who came close to losing one of her nine lives after she was run over and seriously injured, a year before she disappeared.
The tri-coloured cat was saved by vets and had her leg rebuilt with wire, but the incident left her timid and she stayed in a lot more as a result.
So when she went missing in the summer of 2009 her family were particularly concerned for her.
Ms Wood, from Gordon Terrace, Mundesley, said: “We lived in Trimingham at the time and a neighbour’s cat came into our cat flap and got in a fight with her and she ran off. She didn’t seem able to defend herself and she never came back. We had posters up and everybody was looking for her. We just gave up hope after a while.”
But eight-year-old Nugget had not gone too far and ended up at a village caravan park, where she lived off scraps and titbits from visitors.
One holidaymaker particularly doted on the missing moggie and when she left the park after an extended three month stay, she handed Nugget in to the North Walsham branch of the Cats Protection League.
Volunteers scanned her, found she was chipped and traced Ms Wood who said she “couldn’t believe it” when she got the call last week. “I started crying, I was so excited,” the mum-of-two added. “I went and picked her up and when I got there I wasn’t sure how she would be. I thought it’s so long she won’t remember me. But she was immediately sweet, purring and happy. When I called her name she immediately responded. Within five minutes of bringing her in the house she was sitting on my son’s lap. Both the children are really pleased to have her here.” Nugget is now settling in back at home and not even trying to get out, preferring instead to look out of the window, laze on her back and curl up on soft blankets.
Ms Wood, IT manager at Sidestrand Hall School, would like to thank the Cats Protection League for reuniting her with Nugget, and has urged all pet owners to microchip their animals. She said: “For anyone who has ever wondered whether it is worth getting their pet microchipped, the answer is yes it is, as this story proves.”
Stephanie Rowlands, coordinator of the charity’s North Walsham branch, said it was “wonderful” to reunite Nugget and Ms Wood, but echoed her call to pet owners.
“This just goes to prove, if people have their cats microchipped we can still reunite them, even if it’s four years on,” she added.