The story of my cat, Moon Unit, international adventurer.
Once upon a time there was a stray cat hanging around at work, in East London. Nobody seemed to own her, so I took her home and adopted her. She was bitey and scratchy but I loved her, and she liked me better than other humans. We took her to our usual vet and Lo! she was pregnant, and about 5 months old, a real teenage delinquent. So we also ended up with one of her daughters too, Roswell.
A few years passed and we had a new year’s party. The next morning we discovered we had one cat missing. Moon Unit had somehow got out during the party and disappeared. We went out looking, printed out posters, told the local cat rescue places, but no luck. People told us about lots of little black and white cats they’d seen, but none of them had MU’s distinctive white nose or big whiskers. So no luck. And we were very sad.
But about a month ago, out of the blue, I got an email from the Kennel Club saying that a cat with a matching microchip had been found. IN PARIS. Now if that isn’t boggling enough, that party was EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS AGO. We exchanged photos with the French rescue place, and it was definitely Moon Unit. Distinctive nose and whiskers as I said. And she has that fur that is dark on top but white underneath.
She had been found wandering around outside a train station in a French suburb, and taken to a cat rescue place, who checked her chip and got in touch. Well, the chip contact details were a bit out of date (did I mention EIGHT YEARS missing?), but the French people were very stubborn and eventually the KC used newfangled email to get in touch with me.
So this weekend we went over to Paris. In the past few weeks, Moon Unit had been checked at the vet, and given rabies shots and worming tablets, and a Pet Passport organised for her. Two lovely ladies came over to our hotel with her on Saturday (we gave them some chocolates and flowers), and we took her to Calais by train (telling her story to the people around us), and our friends met us at the station and drove us onto the car ferry, and back to London. (There aren’t many foot passenger services that take pets).
Back in London we closed all the doors and let Moon Unit out into the hallway. She had a look around, and seemed perfectly fine. I spent the rest of the evening in the hallway with her, and she’s been following me around all day. She’s not been doing that “OMG new place I must HIDE” thing that cats often do — in fact she’s curled up next to me on the sofa as I write this. (Remember she only got back yesterday).
So there we have it. A tale of European cooperation and perseverance and international mystery. How did Moon Unit get to PARIS? How has she survived for over EIGHT YEARS? How did she lose all her teeth? Has no vet checked her chip in all that time? Answers we will never get, until she writes her mewmoirs.
Lots of thanks go to Martine and Evelyne at A.D.A.D. (Aide et défense des animaux en détresse) in Paris. We’ve set up a Crowdfunder for them, because cat rescue places always need money. (This is not for our expenses, this is just a gesture).
ADAD rescued our long lost cat Moon Unit in Paris, and are helping her come home to the UK. Help them to help more cats…www.crowdfunder.co.uk
And the moral of the story — always get your pets microchipped and keep the contact details up to date, even if they are indoor pets. Moon Unit was an indoor cat while she was with us. Hope you enjoyed reading this.
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Radio & TV
BBC World Service interview
The pet who went missing in London - and was found eight years later in Pariswww.bbc.co.uk
(also mentioned on BBC Breakfast and Radio 4 Today programme)
LBC interview (London local radio show)
London Evening Standard
Londoners Marna Gilligan and Sean Purdy had not seen their beloved black and white cat for more than eight years. So…www.standard.co.uk
Also The Times, The Telegraph, The Express, The i, and others.
A cat that went missing eight years ago in London has been found in Paris.www.bbc.co.uk
BBC quiz of the week’s news
The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.www.bbc.co.uk
The Sun Online
Wild wanderer Moon Unit disappeared after New Year's party in 2008 A RUNAWAY cat who went missing after a house party…www.thesun.co.uk
London Metro (with reaction gifs)
When your cat goes missing for over eight years, it's pretty normal to give up hope of ever being reunited. But one…metro.co.uk
A cat who went missing eight years ago has been reunited with her owners after she was found 280 miles away in Paris…www.itv.com
Travelling cat Moon Unit went on an epic adventure after escaping from owners Marna Gilligan and Sean Purdy's home in…www.express.co.uk
A cat who went missing from London more than eight years ago has been found - in Paris. Marna Gilligan and Sean Purdy…www.thetimes.co.uk
LONDON - A cat that went missing during a New Year's Eve party at the start of 2007 has been reunited with her owners…mashable.com
Daily Mail (but we don’t link to them)
Marna Gilligan and Sean Purdy thought their beloved black-and-white cat Moon Unit was gone for good. After all, she had…www.irishexaminer.com
Comprehensive, up-to-date news coverage, aggregated from sources all over the world by Google News.news.google.co.uk
Two cat owners who live in Gravesend and Deptford were reunited with their missing moggy eight years after she…www.newsshopper.co.uk
Australian 9News (from Mashable)
Before and after: Moon Unit went missing in London back in 2007, only to inexplicably turn up in Paris eight years…www.9news.com.au
Israel Today (“and Marna got one of the kittens born to the moon”)
Black and white cat named moon Unit went missing eight years ago, just before the New year. Its owners, the residents…en.israel-today.ru
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