The intriguing story (Ossad, 2011, CNN) of Willow, the mysterious kitty who got lost in a suburb of Denver, Colorado five years ago and was later found by a pedestrian on the streets of Manhattan, New York is a tale that hasn’t been told or written about enough times. It is a tale that not only boggles your mind but also leaves you high and dry as you contemplate on many of the difficult to answer ‘questions’ about how Willow managed to travel such a long distance, survive five long years, and still be in good health. Was she destined to make this journey? What lessons did she learn on her travels? On reading the CNN article by Jordana Ossad dated Sept. 15, 2011, http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/15/us/new-york-wayward-cat/index.html, you’ll learn that Willow not only traversed a distance of 1600 miles (Phew!) from Colorado to New York, but will soon be re-united with her true owners (parents) after five long years.
So, what made this re-union a reality? One might ask, how easy or difficult was it to trace her true identity? One thing that made it easy for the NYC animal shelter personnel to trace her true identity was the microchip for which Willow tested positive.
Most cats irrespective of whether they are outdoor or indoor are ‘wanderers’, ‘vagabonds’, and ‘nosey’ little creatures’; they love to pry, and poke their little noses into everything and anything, no matter what the risk maybe. Due to their snoopy nature and inquisitive quality, they are more likely to get lost, abducted, run over by a vehicle, attacked by another animal, injured, abandoned, or in some cases never be found. As the saying goes, “curiosity kills the cat”. Well, that is something no cat or pet owner wants to have to go through especially if they love their kitty or pet dearly and simply cannot afford to lose him/her.
Some cats or pets are smart enough to be able to trace their way back home either because they possess a sharp memory, are given proper training, skilled sense of direction, a keen eyesight and/or strong sense of smell. Whereas, there are others’ who are just the complete opposite in that they lack a proper sense of direction, possess poor memory, lack proper training, or are just too scared to tread or navigate unfamiliar or risky paths.
If you deeply and truly love your cat and want to increase the likelihood of it being found in the event it does wander off in the woods or in the countryside just like Willow did, then the first thing you need to do is to get him or her micro-chipped as soon as possible. You just never know where he or she might wander off to while you are busy working on your computer, doing yard work, watching TV, taking a stroll, out and about, or just snoozing in your warm bed
Important links to educate yourself on the importance of micro-chipping your Kitty or pet!