A FAMILY’S cat has been returned home after it mysteriously went missing – and turned up in a village near Liverpool.
Elaine and Vernon Simpson, who live in Gruneisen Road, Stamshaw, said they were delighted to have Prince – their 18-month-old pure white feline – back after his six-week sojourn.
It comes almost two years after a cat from a neighbouring road was found in Scotland.
Elaine, 32, said: ‘A family had noticed him hanging around an empty property up there and took him in.
‘They took him to the vet and because he was microchipped, the vet was able to call us. They couldn’t believe it and nor could I.’
Prince’s return came as a double delight to Elaine, who gave birth to a baby son, Tyga – her fifth child – on the same day.
‘It’s been a crazy, busy week,’ she said.
It’s like something out of a movieElaine Simpson
‘I tell people this and they ask me: “what films have you been watching?”
‘It’s like something out of a movie.’
Vernon, 48, said he was baffled at how Prince could have made it so far north, and didn’t know if there could be a connection with Gypsy, the cat that went to Scotland.
He said: ‘We’ve been trying to fathom how it could have happened. He’s not a very adventurous cat and doesn’t stray more than a few back gardens away.
‘I couldn’t see him finding his way into a lorry or van, but as they say there is no such thing as coincidence.’
Prince was brought back to Portsmouth thanks to the kindness of strangers.
Elaine posted his disappearance, and then his discovery, on the Facebook page Lost and Found Cats in Portsmouth.
The group’s owner, Penny Parker, started raising money to pay for petrol to bring Prince home, with help from a similar group in the north run by Martin Pickett.
Another cat lover, Kevin Brigden, of Liverpool, agreed to deliver Prince, completing the 500-mile journey in one day.
Penny said she thought there was something fishy going on with Portsmouth’s pets.
‘We’ve had cats and dogs just turning up everywhere. I can’t accuse anyone but something’s really not right here.’
Elaine said she also had her suspicions. She said: ‘Are they being dog-napped and cat-napped?’
Penny said the incidents showed the importance of pet microchipping.