While on holiday a few months ago Jess was a bit of a madam. We had family and friends looking after her and Marly and popping in morning and evening to feed and fuss them.
Jess was not happy with our disappearance and sought out cuddles elsewhere latching onto a neighbour who fed and let her sleep in her room for 4 nights. This mean’t she was in no hurry to come home to an empty house and get locked in.
We were all worried about her and returned from holiday with a mission to find her. In the end it was Marly who led us to her by miaowing and running to the block of flats backing on to our garden and looking back to check that we were watching her.
We walked round and asked someone outside if they had seen her. He said “yes” and walked us round to the garden. I shook some treats and she appeared!
We met the lady who had taken her in concerned and named her “Phoebe”. This is now our name for her when she is naughty.
Taking her home we were worried that she would disappear again and be lured in by food and cuddles so we bought her a collar with her name, my phone number, “microchipped” and “Do not feed” on it.
Jess has always liked wearing a collar and was very happy to show it off as you can see above.
To be fair to Jess she began coming home in the evenings and was back to her normal self pretty quickly but her collar has given us lots of entertainment.
We have received a number of calls… mainly saying that they are having cuddles with Jess and checking where we live in case she is lost and far from home. All of the calls have been from the road behind our house and during the day and some have said that they are worried she is hungry. I have explained to them that she is just very vocal and fussing her is fine but that she is well fed and there is always food available in our house so not to worry.
It is nice to hear that people worry and she has plenty of attention while we are working and also that it is obvious she has owners so not to take her in.
My favourite call has been from the doctor’s surgery to say that she goes in daily for cuddles and that they love her… she is the local surgery cat!
Now we know she does not go far and that she enjoys her daily adventures and is making a reputation for herself.
The collar was mainly for us to know that if in trouble or lost then people would know she is owned and how to contact us but it has turned out to be a great tracking device and an insight into Jess’ double life. Not bad for £6.99 – purchased from here.