More than five years after he went missing a cat was reunited with his family.
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Owners Holly Didyk, 39, and husband Julian, 50, lost Bostock’s tabby cat in August 2014 when he managed to break out of a cat flap at Mrs. Didyk’s Compton mum’s house.
As he did not live in the area, he vanished into unfamiliar surroundings, leaving his owners distraught when he did not return.
“It’s a bit of a long story,” said Mrs Didyk. “We went to my mum’s for the night and they had a lockable cat flap, he managed to break out from that and he didn’t know the area.
“It was a horrible feeling, I’ve kept cats for years. We knew he probably wouldn’t come back because he didn’t know the area. It was just really weird and sad all at the same time.”
Knowing Bostock was missing, the family unsuccessfully attempted to track him down and keep him safe.
Mrs Didyk added: “There wasn’t anywhere we could look, they’re surrounded by other people’s properties, so there wasn’t anywhere we could go and find him–they live right on the A3, so the worry was that he wouldn’t have made it past that first night.” She said that they both eventually consigned themselves to the fact that Bostock couldn’t come back and, being micro-chipped, thought they’d okay.
The family, who have two teenage kids, moved home in Pirbright and got another cat as well as a dog in the five years after Bostock was missing.
Surprisingly, when out for brunch earlier this month, Mrs. Didyk received the call she never thought she would-one from a veteran to say she had found her long-lost cat.
She recalled: “I really almost fell off my chair. I was for some brunch in Bracknell and got a phone call from the vets and literally kicked my chair back, I didn’t expect it at all.
“It was awkward because I couldn’t just dash out and get him. I was desperate to go and pick him up but then you are sort of thinking, ‘how am I going to integrate him?’ I wanted to do what’s best for him.”
The mother-of-two then went to pick up her husband but didn’t tell him where they went or why to put the pieces together, instead of leaving it to him.
“I was so nervous, I just couldn’t stop[ Bostock] from kissing him,” she said. “He was happy with us from the moment we picked him up.
He just came straight to me, he was really sweet but I think he was a little shell-shocked.” Unbelievably, Bostock was picked up by a stranger in the Compton area-near where he had been lost years earlier-and ultimately traced back to the Didyks through his microchip.
Julia Cooper had met him during Storm Brendan.
She said to SurreyLive: “I have a cat on my own and I went down in the morning to feed it, and Bostock was in the utility room. I shot him off because I thought he was going to find his own way home.” Bostock kept coming back, leading the 53-year-old to hold him overnight and take him to Milford Veterinary Hospital the next day.
She added: “When he came to us, it seemed very nice and he was very tired, but he didn’t look like some old straggly cat, he looked to be quite good.”
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