The Tale of Jack The Cat

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Submitted: April 23, 2019

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The Tale of Jack the cat 

 

Jack was a long haired pure black kitten. He lived in an animal shelter. That is where cats live who have nobody to look after them. One day Ed went to the animal shelter as he had just moved in to a new house with his best friend Joe and they wanted to adopt a cat. They fell in love with Jack straight away and asked if they could take him home. The lady at the animal shelter asked them lots of questions to make sure they knew how to look after a cat. Joe had always had a cat when he lived at home so he knew how to feed them and look after them. Once the lady was happy that the kitten would have a good home she told them to come back tomorrow and she would let them take Jack home. They were very excited and went straight away to buy him a bed and a litter tray, a collar and all the things he would need. The next day they went back and brought him home. They lived in a house on a busy road so Jack would have to be an indoor cat in case he wandered onto the road and got hurt. They took him to the vet and arranged for his necessary injections and for a micro chip to be fitted just in case he did get out of the house and they couldn't find him. He settled in nicely to his new home and was soon roaming around looking for somewhere to settle down and have a nap. They all lived happily together for over a year and then sadly Joe moved away to live in another country with his mum and dad which left Jack with Ed. Unfortunately Ed had lost his job and couldn't afford to live in the house on his own and had to move into a smaller shared house and wouldn't be allowed to have Jack with him. Ed was very sad and asked all of his friends if they could look after Jack until he found another job and another house where he could take Jack to live with him again. After a long search he found someone who was able to take Jack and as he had lots of cats he would be well looked after. Ed said he would take him back as soon as he was able to. He was very unhappy as he loved Jack and didn't want to be parted with him but he knew it was for the best. Jack had been chipped when he was a kitten so if he wandered off it would be easy to find his owner. A few months later Ed was settled in a new job, met his new girlfriend and they started looking for a house together. Once they found one Ed said he would contact his friend who was looking after Jack and bring him to live with them in their new house. Ed's girlfriend Jenny loved cats too and she already had two of her own and a dog. The cats all seemed to get on together but as the new house was a long way from where Ed had lived before, Jack kept wandering off. He started by staying out all night but he still came back for dinner. When he lived in the other place with lots of cats he wasn't an indoor cat anymore and had got used to his freedom to roam. One day he didn't come home for his dinner and was away for a week, which stretched into two weeks. Ed and Jenny were really worried about him now as the winter was approaching and they worried he would be sleeping outside in the cold. They appealed for any sightings of him by posting appeals on Facebook with his picture and even printing leaflets which they put through all the doors in the immediate area where they lived. They telephoned all the vets and animal shelters in the area in case he had been brought in but nobody had any news. Some people had phoned them saying they had seen a cat like Jack in their garden but by the time they got there he had gone. Where could he be? His collar was found in someone's garden and Ed and Jenny feared the worst but they never gave up hope. For the next ten months they were still looking out for him and as their house was in the countryside they thought perhaps he had taken shelter in someone's barn. It was ten months later that Jenny received a phone call from a local school. Someone had visited the school to demonstrate to the children what a microchip scanner did and how it worked. One of the teachers had seen a black cat roaming around the school for a while now and wondered where he had come from, nobody seemed to know. The lady with the scanner offered to use the scanner on the cat just to see if he belonged to anyone. If his chip had been kept up to date then he could be traced back to his owner. The cat loved the fuss and was happy to be taken indoors for this to be done in front of the children and didn't stop purring. Sure enough his details came up on the scanner and it was Jack!!!!! He had been happily lurking around the kitchen for scraps for quite a while now and was happy to be petted by the children. He had more or less adopted the school as his new home. Jenny and Ed went to the school which was only 10 minutes drive away. How funny that he had been so close to home!! He then came home with them and is happily back in the family. They did have to put him on a diet though as he had obviously been well fed at the school. If you have a cat or a dog it is really important that you have your pet micro chipped and keep the details up to date. You never know when your cat will wander off and as Ed and Jenny know it is heartbreaking when you don't know where they are. They were lucky Jack was found safe and well but it was his micro chip that enabled that to happen.


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