By Brendan Martineau
updated on Nov 7 22 at 19:25
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Ana Delaunay passionately loves cats. Member of the the association of free cats in Sables-d’Olonneshe comes to protect and feed stray cats, whether abandoned or lost.
This summer, during a feeding session that she tends at the end of the day, she notices a cat that seems unfamiliar to her. The cat, who appears to be very hungry, is full and gets into the habit of coming to get his food as the days go by near the garage owned by Ana Delaunay.
Castration, a sign of identification
Surprised, the latter wonders where this famous cat can come from. Time passes, the woman undergoes surgery and can no longer go to her garage as often. But Ana, stubborn, always remembers the following question: but where can this cat come from?
After his recovery, she decides a fortnight ago to take the twin to Embrun’s veterinary clinic to find out a little more about the animal’s origins.
“I noticed that the cat was neutered. Castration is often synonymous with identification in cats. I approached my regular vet for more information. »
The vets actually see that the cat has an electronic chip. Ana is initially kept away, it’s time to check the contact details of the owner(s). After the usual checks, the vets say that the cat in question will be called Michouthat he is five years old and above all that his master was located in Chemillé-en-Anjou (Maine-et-Loire). Or 135 kilometers from Les Sables-d’Olonne.
“He thought Michou had been dead for a long time”
Neither one nor two, Ana Delaunay contacted the owner in question. Surprised, moved, the latter, who now lives in Paris, could not believe his eyes. “He told me he thought Michou had been dead for a long time. That he no longer believed he was alive. »
Since then, his master had adopted a new cat. Then the question of cohabitation with Michou arose. But after several telephone exchanges, the original champion decided to come and collect the cat in Les Sables-d’Olonne, this Saturday, November 5. “He came to pick it up, accompanied by his mother, who lives in Chemillé. She was also very moved. While waiting for their arrival, I had decided to take shelter Michou, so that it does not escape again! »
Because it is indeed a cat, with the legendary scam in question.
very big mystery
“His masters assured me that they had no accommodation at Sables-d’Olonne. They do not understand why Michou made it this far and how he was able to stay alive the whole time. It had been five years since they had lost track of the cat”, is still surprised Ana Delaunay. For whom this story, in addition to the help given to this cat, will remain a great mystery.
Contacted by phone, Ladislas Robin, Michou’s original master, confirms his joy at having found his cat.
“I thought Michou had been hit by a car or a tractor. When I lost him in the summer of 2017, I had put up posters everywhere, in the Chemillé area. But I had no return. I was completely surprised when I received the call from Sablai’s veterinary clinic. »
Ladislas Robin has decided to let Michou live with her parents in Chemillé. “Cohabitation in my small apartment would have been far too complicated. »
Which doesn’t stop Ladislas from having his own opinion about the five year absence of his little twin.
“He was found in good health. He is still very outgoing…I think he was picked up by someone who ultimately treated him well. I think he fled into the area recently. But his survival, alone, for five years, is almost impossible. Like he came here of his own free will. I had never set foot in Les Sables-d’Olonne until this weekend before I came back Michou. »
For Ladislas Robin, this story, ultimately so beautiful, should not make us forget the importance of identifying cats.
“Pet identification is now mandatory. Don’t forget it! It’s also necessary when you find a stray cat to take it to a vet who will check its identification. It’s free and takes less than five minutes!”
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