After a family cat disappeared for fourteen months, it has finally been found and appears to have gained a few pounds after residing in a pet food factory nearby.
In 2014, Clive, a two-year-old Norwegian forest cat vanished from home leaving its caregivers Tanya and Jonathan Irons devastated. Upon realizing the cat was missing, the couple; who also a have a two-year-old daughter named Elizabeth, to no avail put up posters of the cat in the neighbourhood. They went further to launch an appeal on Facebook but still there was no sign of the cat.
However, Clive was found at a pet food factory by the staff who had noticed that treats were mysteriously disappearing. When the family got reunited with their cat, they could not help but notice that Clive had packed on a few pounds almost to double his original size during his absence.
According to Tanya Irons, who is a marketing manager, the cat was only nine months old when he disappeared, and he was a lot smaller back then. When Clive got returned to them, they were shocked to see just how big and fluffy he had become. Tanya added that Clive must have been living a luxurious life at the pet food factory.
On another note, Tanya described Clive as a naughty cat who loved going outside. In fact, she thought the cat had been taken in by someone since he was a very friendly cat. Tanya said that since the posters and the Facebook appeal to find him had bore no fruit, they had lost the hope of ever seeing him again. However, on a Wednesday, the family received a call from a veterinarian who informed them that Clive had been found.
After inquiring whether Clive was ok, she learned that he was in good condition almost as if someone had been looking after him. However, it was the opposite since Clive had been doing a good job of feeding himself at the pet food factory.
At the Kennelgate Pet Superstore located in Stapleford, Notts, workers were surprised when they discovered evidence supporting the possibility of a cat-burglar living in the store. Thus, the worker decided to set a trap. They placed a trail of treats leading to a suspended basket rigged to a pressure pad so that the culprit would be caught in the basket once it dropped.
On a Tuesday morning as the workers were checking in for work, they noticed the trap had been triggered, and the culprit was in the basket. They took Clive to a vet and after his microchip was scanned it was revealed that he belonged to the Irons family.
The production manager at the store, Diane Gaskill said she had been trying to catch him for weeks after Clive had run past her many times. She further added that it was a team effort to catch.
Colin Lewis, the retail director of the company, said the store has 20,000 square feet and thus there should be a few boxes with holes in them.
Once the cat was taken home, during an interview, Tanya said she was yet to introduce him to his two brothers named George and Leon. She continued to add that the Clive and his brothers were very close before he went missing. Tanya said she had planned on reintroducing the cats on an hourly interval.
As for Elizabeth, Tanya did not tell her that Clive was back as she would not understand that he had been missing; thus, she was told that it was a new cat. According to Tanya, Elizabeth was very excited with the news of a new cat.
When the cat was found it was reported that he was smelly, but according to Tanya he is doing fine, and the only difference is that he was fatter. Tanya added that Clive had been enjoying himself for the past year by feasting.
According to Tanya, Clive did not have much of an appetite around the time he went missing. Nonetheless, he has developed quite an appetite, and she has to leave him with a bucket of food since he doesn’t stop eating. Tanya says she has no intention of placing him on a diet saying he is just a bit rounder but happier.