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(from The Courier Mail (Brisbane) 20.08.03)


When moggy comes marching home again
Leah Moore

August 20, 2003

FOR seven years, Eleanor Pitchag kept her missing cat Peter's collar, never
imagining her much-loved moggy would come back to claim it.

But yesterday the pair were reunited, thanks to $20 "well spent" on an
implanted microchip and the help of a kindly cat-lover.

"This is the person that I thought I'd never see again," Mrs Pitchag said
as Peter curled up on her lap.

"He remembers me. I think he knows the feeling of my hand. I used to sit
and pat him all the time."


Now 10, Peter went missing from Mrs Pitchag's Beenleigh home seven years
ago - three years after she adopted him as a stray kitten.

"I never replaced him. I couldn't," she said, despite admitting she feared
the worst after a neighbour found Peter's collar shortly after he disappeared.

But it turns out the little cat was not dead, just lost.

And it would take several years and a bit of luck for Peter to find his way

A couple of weeks ago a Good Samaritan found the cat wandering the streets
of Logan - not far from where he went missing.

He was taken to an animal shelter and was about to be adopted out to a new
family when an alert veterinary nurse found a microchip, containing his
previous owner's details, inserted under Peter's skin.

It turned out the chip was implanted when Peter was a kitten after a local
newspaper advertised the service for just $20.

Queensland RSPCA chief Mark Townsend said he believed microchips - which
now cost $40 to $50 to implant - should be compulsory as they allowed lost
pets and their owners to be re-united.

Mrs Pitchag said she now counted that $20 as money "well spent".

Since she lost Peter, Mrs Pitchag has moved to a cat-free caravan park at
Miami Beach on the Gold Coast, but is determined to find a suitable new
home for her long-lost cat.

In the meantime, her son Peter (yes, the cat is named after him) and his
wife Anita are looking after the moggy.

As for where Peter has been for the past seven years, that remains a mystery.

RSPCA veterinary behaviorist Katrina Gregory said cats rarely strayed far
from their territory but had been known to climb into cars or trucks and
travel great distances.

. HAVE you seen this cat ... and can you help us solve the mystery of his
missing seven years, which were possibly spent in Beenleigh or Logan.
Please e-mail moorel@qnp.newsltd.com .au if you know anything about Peter's
seven missing years.

The Courier-Mail

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