Apr 27 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A MISSING moggy is back home more than FOUR months after he vanished.
Gorgeous Marley was presumed dead after tireless efforts to find him proved fruitless.
Cathy Anderson and her daughter Ellis have been in turmoil over his loss.
And Cathy even had to go and view a dead cat which had been chewed by foxes.
But last week, she was stunned to receive a call to say four-year-old Marley was alive and well and being fed in Belmont.
Cathy explained: “In all the excitement, I didn’t ask the lady how she knew it was Marley. I’m so grateful though.
“She said she thought he was someone else’s and that he was just really friendly and hungry.”
Marley disappeared from his home in Coylton on December 5 last year.
The following week, a delivery driver spotted Cathy’s posters and phoned to say that Marley had sneaked into the back of his van.
But when he got to Waggon Road and opened the doors, Marley darted off in the direction of Green Street.
Cathy and Ellis extended their search to the industrial area of Ayr but to no avail.
Cathy explained: “In January I got a call to go an see an unidentified cat that had been found at a bowling club. It had been badly chewed by foxes so I couldn’t tell if it was Marley or not. It was horrible.
“I had to try and put closure on it so I told myself it must be him.”
But things changed last week when the call came in.
Cathy continued: “I was so excited, my daughter phoned me at work and I got my hopes up straight away. I was convinced it would be him.
“We took biscuits and when we went to collect him he came over hesitantly, but then he just sniffed my hand as if to say ‘is it you?’
“It’s been great since we got him home. He’s back to his old self. Straight away he wandered round the living room, went to his food bowl and then jumped up on the couch for a snooze.
“It’s amazing, I’m only just starting to come to terms with it all. He’s none the worse for his ordeal, he just needed a good brush and a bit of a wash.”
Almost immediately, Cathy took Marley to the vet for a check over and to get him micro-chipped.
Had he and the dead cat Cathy went to view been chipped, they may both have identified earlier.
Marley’s vet Kirsten Fyfe, from Companion Care in Allison Street, explained: “We are really trying to encourage everyone to get puppies and kittens chipped when they get their vaccinations.
“We are doing it for a tenner just now, so it’s not expensive and gives piece of mind.
“It is permanent form of ID and the details are stored electronically so can be changed easily if you move house.
“It’s not a big procedure and involves an injection in the back of the neck. The chip is about the size of a rice grain and is such a great thing for cats. It means they can be identified after years, even if their appearance has changed.”