Stalked by Cat with 4-Year Old Surprise

Lisa Ullenbruch of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, wasn't sure why a cat was following her and her foster dog during a nightly walk.

"I was walking my foster dog and she alerted to a cat being around, and normally it's not an issue, but this cat would not stop following us," the Fort Gratiot woman said.

Curious, she pulled out her flashlight to take a look. The tabby had a small head, similar to her own cat, Shieba, who she'd lost four years ago. 

"I thought, 'no, that can't be my cat.' I called her name and she came running, and she followed me all the way home," Ullenbruch said.

She took the cat in and then took her to the vet to get checked out. The vet verified via microchip it was Sheiba, who had gone missing in 2014."I can't tell you how ecstatic we were, it was just unbelievable," said Ullenbruch, who had adopted Sheiba when she was a six week old kitten. She was three when she disappeared.

Finding Shieba was "a bit of a shock", as a few years ago she had seen a posting about a tiger cat being hit on the side of a nearby road. Ullenbruch said she went to collect the body to have the microchip checked, but it had already been removed.

"We assumed it was her," she said.

She believes someone must have seen Sheiba outside four years ago and thought she was a stray. Ullenbruch said she is thankful they took care of her cat and want them to know she is back home.

"I really do want those people to know she's back home and in good hands again," she said.Ullenbruch also hopes her story will remind people to have animals checked for microchips if they believe they found a stray.

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  1. Wow, Sheiba found her mom again!  How hearbreaking to think the cat was dead.

  2. Happy ending for Sheiba and her owners, but another very good reason to keep cats indoors!

    So glad she and her furmaly are reunited.

  3. Kitties Blue says:

    That is the most beautiful and heartwarming story. I know pets that have been miising for years do show up again sometimes. I am happy it worked out for this person.

  4. messymimi says:

    Wonderful story.  Yes, if you think you have a stray, the first thing to do is check for a chip, i found that out.  The "stray" turned out to have wandered from the foster home the shelter had found for it, and the foster mom had not even alerted the shelter!  That's when i became the foster and we helped find a great home for Ladybug.  (No, that person does not foster any more, either.)

  5. Ellen Pilch says:

    Glad she got to go home. Sad they lost 4 years together though.

  6. Patzy says:

    Really!  Why didn’t the people who found her get her checked out?  Almost everybody gets their pets microchipped now.  I’m sure they meant well and took care of her, but does it cost to get them checked for a chip?  I’m glad she found her mommy though!

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