A LOST cat has been reunited with its owners after being found 15 miles from home having been missing for more than a year.
Last week, ginger cat Sebastian was returned to his family in Northend after being brought in as a stray to Hawthorne Lodge Veterinary Practice in Banbury.
Staff scanned Sebastian – known as Ba to his family – for a microchip which traced him to his owner Nigel Millington, who had last seen his pet in October 2011.
Mr Millington said: “We had been living in Warmington for a few years and then moved to Northend and after only a day or so Ba didn’t come home. We thought he had got lost and then feared the worst and after a while we thought we would never see him again.
“Then we got this call last week. I was completely shocked and taken aback. I was on the phone totally stunned and smiling quite a lot – I was very excited and surprised.”
Ba was brought into the vets by a woman in Banbury who had spent the past three weeks feeding him.
After being contacted by staff, Mr Millington went straight to the vets to collect Ba, who has since been reunited with the rest of the family including Mr Millington’s partner Helen and their children Eve, seven, Hattie, five and Lucy, six. “In the time he was away the children would ask about Ba and talk about how much they missed him,” said Mr Millington.
“The girls were so happy and pleased and just threw their arms around him when they saw him. He is the same old cat doing the same old things and still has the same mannerisms. He seems very happy and it’s so nice to have him back although he is staying firmly indoors for now!” Veterinary nurse Amanda Tudhope said: “It’s brilliant we have been able to reunite Ba with his owners and shows just how well microchipping works.”