Mystery travelling cat Ozzie dies of kidney failure

Ozzie gets a kiss from charity volunteer Gillian McMullen. INPT28-065
Ozzie gets a kiss from charity volunteer Gillian McMullen. INPT28-065
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Ozzie, as he was nicknamed, had to be put to sleep on the advice of vets.

The cat was reported to Cats Protection Armagh Branch after being found scavenging for food in a garden last month.

Volunteers were surprised when a routine scan revealed he had a microchip registered in Sydney, and spent weeks unravelling his past.

Gillian McMullen, co-ordinator of the branch, said Ozzie’s Australian owners were traced and explained his past.

“It turns out he was originally called Tigger and had come to the UK with a pet passport along with his family on their travels. Somehow he had become separated from them – we’re not 
sure how – and had ended up being homed to a new family in the Co Armagh area,” she said.

“It seems he had managed to get lost and that’s when we found him as a stray. He was a lovely cat, very wise and so very affectionate.”

She said the case highlights the importance of keeping microchip details up to date so you can be reunited with your pet.