When a pet goes missing for a few hours, owners often fear they’ll never see it again. But one lost cat, Mimi, who vanished from a family home in Long Island, New York, in 2012 has miraculously found her way back home. The Price family had accepted Mimi, who was three at the time she went missing, was gone. They had retired to Spain just last year without their beloved pet – but that has now all changed. Last week they were stunned to receive a call from a Long Island animal shelter that Mimi had been found and turned in.
Richard Price told NBC News that it was the call of a lifetime and said the entire situation was “mind-blowing”.Mr Price recalled his first reaction to the news of the ‘Christmas miracle’: “Oh my god she’s alive, this is fantastic. And oh my god we left her there. We felt both elated and horrified at the same time.”
The extraordinary tale started to unfold when the poorly cat was spotted by a local man, Gary Guiseppone. Mr Guiseppone said the cat “was in such bad shape, I didn’t think she would survive”.
He caught the feline and turned her in at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter. The shelter’s supervisor, Linda Klamplf, said the cat’s fur was so badly matted that it “felt like a shield of armour”.
It was also evident that the feline had not been eating enough. Ms Klamplf said it was unclear whether the cat had been out on the streets for the entire 10 years.
During the assessment of the cat, the shelter found out that the cat was microchipped – leading them to the Price family in Spain. Recounting the time when Mimi went missing in 2012, Richard said the family did everything they could to find her.
She had been staying with Richard’s sister-in-law at the time and managed to escape from the house. The Price family searched around the neighbourhood, put up flyers around town, and got in touch with local veterinarians.
Recounting the time when Mimi went missing in 2012, Richard said the family did everything they could to find her. She had been staying with Richard’s sister-in-law at the time and managed to escape from the house.
The Price family searched around the neighbourhood, put up flyers around town, and got in touch with local veterinarians.
Cats often go missing for days at a time, with their ‘vanishing acts’ being labelled as perfectly normal as they explore their surroundings to satisfy their predatory instinct. But for a cat to go missing for years, this is more unusual, but not entirely uncommon.
Apparently cats can venture out when they become scared of noises, people or other animals. They may also go off following a smell, usually in search of food, and then hit a point where they have gone too far.
According to the Lost Pet Research project, there were reports of cats traveling 50-80 miles in 2.5 years, 38 miles in six months, 30 miles in 10 days, and 20 miles in 21 days in the US.