Fergus went missing from his home in Forres, Scotland, in late 2010. Now, he’s back home after rescuers found him 80 miles away in Aberdeen, located on the eastern coast. The big gray tabby was surviving as a stray near a recycling center.
Since Fergus was so far away from home, rescuers think he must have hitched a ride, but only the cat knows for sure. He went from one coast of the northeast part of Scotland to the other.
For eleven years, Fergus was walking around with a microchip. If anyone had checked, they would have been able to connect him with his human mom, Fiona Mutter.
Recently, a volunteer from the Cats Protection charity did just that, bringing Fergus in to be checked. They found Fergus wandering near the recycling center, but maybe he had been indoors before that? We’ll never know.
Soon afterward, Mutter got the phone call of a lifetime!
“It was such a surprise to get the call that Fergus was alive,” Mutter told the BBC.
All those years, she believed her beloved kitty had come to a sad end. However, Fergus was managing quite well it seems.
“He was always prone to wandering and would sometimes go off for a few days at a time, but one day he just never came back. We sadly assumed something had happened to him,” she added.
“We are extremely grateful to the Cats Protection volunteer who went above and beyond to get Fergus home.”
Long ago, the same organization saved Fergus as a kitten.
“We adopted Fergus as a kitten from Cats Protection, and he’d been with us for four years before he disappeared,” Mutter said.
Now, at 15, he will catch up on all the cuddles he lost and live with his new sibling Ozzy, the other cat in the home.
“He settled in really, really well. He’s getting on with our other cat. They’re perfectly happy. It’s like he’s never been away.”