Aussie Cat Missing 14 Years Reunited with Family

After disappearing from her home when she was 4 years old, this cat spent the next 14 years as a feral on the streets of Sydney, Australia. Yes, you read that right. FOURTEEN YEARS!

But the story has a happy ending, and Her family, who assumed the cat had died after failing to find her during their initial search 14 years ago, is ecstatic to have her back in their lives.

An animal rescue group in Sydney, Australia–The Mini Kitty Commune–found the frail, matted black cat roaming the streets of Sydney. They trapped her and took her to a vet, where a microchip was discovered.

A scan of the chip revealed the cat “Chelsea” had a family, and was listed as deceased. The family was shocked when they got the phone call telling them that Chelsea was alive.

“I was quite surprised, it was the last phone call I expected,” the cat’s owner, Lee McKenzie, told reporters.

After being treated for dehydration and getting a much needed haircut, Chelsea was found to be in surprisingly good health for a senior cat.

“For an 18-year-old cat, she’s really healthy,” Dr. Patricia Carnovale, the vet who treated Chelsea, told a news team. “I didn’t expect her to be that old, especially out to fend for herself.”

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  1. What a wonderful story and a very lucky cat and family.

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    How sad they were apart for so long. I am glad she is healthy and home now.

  3. Wonderful for Chelsea to be reunited with her furmaly, and she will enjoy her twilight years being spoiled. Another good reason NOT to let cats go out!

  4. PetComments says:

    This is something like miracle and Chelsea is destined to be reunited with her family. I guess my previous cat only can live between 9 to 11 years, but Chelsea manage to survive for so long and this will put a big smile to her family. I feel sad to look at her fur, one of my oldest cat look like that, and I cannot imagine the 14 years of being alone like that. Glad to read that she is healthy right now.


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