Deux-Svres: missing for more than three years, the cat Faoet has returned home!
It is a story as tender as it is unusual, which has just been written in Bouill-Saint-Varent, near Thouars. Faoet, one of Maryannick Pedrono’s cats, had been missing since the summer of 2019. More than three years later, he has just reappeared!
You never know what the future may bring. The history of the FAO is a good example. This calm and loving cat, born in 2010, flowed happy days from an early age with Maryannick Pedrono, in the heart of the village of Bouill-Saint-Varent, near Thouars. Until this sad summer of 2019.
“Between the end of July and the middle of August 2019, my three cats disappeared. Yet they had no reason to run away, they lived their lives as cats peacefully and came home every night. Besides, Faoet used to sleep with me. We were very close. When he was a little kitten, I finished weaning him off the bottle,” says the Septuagint.
“I made up my mind, I thought he was dead”
For her, it is not a coincidence. His cats were captured and kidnapped. As time passes, despite Maryannick’s intense research, the hope of seeing them again fades: “I had to walk at least 100 km in the areaI inspected every path, every path, I asked all the neighbors, but I couldn’t find him.”
Until the day a neighbor comes to see her: “She told me that she had seen a dead cat in an alley in the village. I went to look, but I found nothing. The body had probably been removed, I decided me, I thought he was dead… I was so unhappy about not having more cats that my children offered me two at the beginning of the year 2020including Shantee, who was a copy of the Faoet.”
Identified by his… electronic chip!
The story could have stopped there. But that is to misunderstand fate. And the fact that, according to various beliefs, cats have between seven and nine lives… “On October 25, 2022, more than three years after his disappearance, he came home through the cattery as if nothing had happened, and he went to see my son in the living room. Except we didn’t recognize him, we thought it was Shantee, his doppelganger!“
Faoet, who was seriously injured in the head and ear, suffered a bad encounter with a dog just before he returned to his home. “If he was kidnapped, it wasn’t far from here, because when he came back, the pads on his paws were in good condition, so he didn’t have to walk much,” notes Maryannick Pedrono.
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The animal is badly injured in the head and ear, probably due to a bad encounter with a dog. Maryannick Pedrono then takes him to the vet. While the cat is being treated, she talks to a neighbor who tells her he just saw Shantee… “I had a funny feeling so I called the office to ask them to check the microchip because my cats have all been chipped and neutered. Fifteen minutes later I got a call back to ask if I had a cat named Faoet!”
To be accepted by the new cats in the house
Maryannick then rushes to the vet. “I cried a lot of joy when I found him. Since then he has always stuck with us!“Faoet is now trying to recover while he is accepted by the other cats in the house. The two dogs have already adopted him and are not stingy with winks.
“I have always loved animals, I have had cats since I was born., says Maryannick, who took it upon himself to list them all in a notebook. I was born in Africa and I was a child when my family returned to live in France. My father wouldn’t take our cat. We drove 400 km through the bush to leave him with a brother-in-law. Three days later the cat came home alone! So finally my father decided to bring him back to France…” It’s clear that Maryannick and the cats are for each other!