Ozzy returns after vanishing act
TWO months after disappearing Ozzy the cat is back — and had never ventured far away.
To the delight of his owners, the rare feline — worth around £1,000 — was found at the cattery he seemingly vanished from in August.
The Star reported how Kate Harlow booked the distinctive Bengali Siamese cat into the Pen y Waun Farm cattery after her mum Rosemary — Ozzy's owner — was surprised with a trip to Canada.
But on the day he was due to be collected, the cat escaped, provoking a frantic search with apparent sightings in Llanelli and Pembrey.
After weeks of putting up posters and tip offs from the public, Kate was finally reunited with Ozzy last week.
She said: "It has been a rollercoaster.
"We've had calls from people telling us they'd seen him heading to Pembrey and Llanelli, which seemed impossible.
"My partner and I had gone to a caravan in Newquay for the weekend when the cattery phoned us.
"It was only when we phoned them the next day that they told us they'd found him."
She revealed that Ozzy was found near an incinerator at the cattery, and believes he had been sleeping there to keep warm.
"We are over the moon," she said. "We couldn't believe it when we found out, it's mad.
"He was a bit singed from sleeping near the incinerator and he is a shadow of his former self, but he is starting to get better now and we are hoping to build him up over the next few weeks." And it seems that Ozzy was pleased to be reunited with his owner Rosemary.
Miss Harlow added: "He didn't make a sound when we first picked him up, but the moment he saw my mother again he became more vocal and she was very emotional."
Cattery owner Gareth Lawler said they never gave up on finding Ozzy.
He said: "We really couldn't understand why he hadn't been seen anywhere. We kept putting food down and going out to look for him for weeks.
"We noticed the food was going but we thought it could have been cats from the neighbouring farms, but we kept doing it anyway. But two weeks ago we found evidence of something sleeping at the bottom of our incinerator.
"Then we thought we spotted him but we couldn't be sure and we didn't want to give the owners false hope. We put his bed down by the incinerator and eventually put a cat trap down to catch him, and eventually we captured him on Monday."
Gareth said Ozzy was underweight and singed when he was found, so staff fed and looked after him.
"As soon as we found him all he wanted to do was sit in your arms," he said.
"We don't know if he was here all along and he was watching us or if he was coming back and for, we just don't know. But we are pleased he has been found."