You could say that Bigga is definitely better now that he’s been reunited with his owner after eight years. In 2002, this UK cat, affectionately named Bigga because of his size, went missing from his home in High Wycombe, about 40 miles northwest of London. Although his owner Lorna Fothergill tried everything to find him, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), including offering a reward and putting up posters, no luck. Eventually Fothergill, her family and their other cats moved from the area.
Fast-forward eight years. On March 25, RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Julie Britnell picked up Bigga in another town called High Wycombe. He looked well fed but was much the worse for wear with an extremely matted coat and signs he had been in a few scrapes along the way. Fortunately, Fothergill had Bigga implanted with a microchip; unfortunately she failed to update the database with her current address and phone numbers. The most recent address on record was an address in Twickenham, but Fothergill had also moved on from there too.
Fothergill reunited with Bigga (courtesy of RSPCA)
RSPCA Detective Work
Undeterred, Britnell put up posters and contacted the vets where Bigga was chipped in hopes of finding a lead. Nothing turned up, so the RSPCA tried another approach. They asked a colleague to check out the Twickenham address they had for Fothergill. Luckily, they were able to get a forwarding address for Fothergill and track her down in her current home in Newport Pagnell.
The RSPCA says it was an emotional reunion between Fothergill, a business director and singer in a band, and her long-lost kitty Bigga.
Fothergill says that she is relieved she had Bigga micro chipped all those years ago. She also said she realizes how important it is to update your microchip records when you move on to another address.
As for Bigga, he apparently is getting back to his old self. Fothergill told This is Local London, ‘He got on his back and got a belly rub, like he always did. We took him home and he just settled right in, although we are keeping him away from the other cats at the moment and will then get him to have his injections and get neutered.”