Lost Cat Gets Reunited with her Family 14 Years Later

If your cat’s been missing for nearly 14 years, the last thing you’d probably expect is to actually find it. But that is exactly what happened with Tiger Lily. She had been missing since October 12, 1996 and now she’s found!

Many cats don’t even live to be 14 years old so her owner, Ingrid Kerker, must be one happy lady. As you can imagine her shock when the Oakbank Animal Hospital called her to say they’d located Tiger Lily. She was identified by a code tattooed on the cat’s ear (tattooing is to microchipping as VHS is to DVDs).

I can’t imagine what it is like to lose a pet. My cat–her name is Lola–is currently passed out on a Snuggie. When Tiger Lily went missing the Kerkers wrote the date down in the family bible. They had done everything to find her but had no luck.

“We thought a fox got her,” Ingrid Kerker said Monday. “She just disappeared. We put up posters but she was never returned.”

The reunion was a happy one. Tiger Lily was as affectionate as the Kerkers remember. Their two boys were overly excited as they have family photos with Tiger Lily, napping together, back when they were toddlers. They don’t know where Tiger Lily was these past years but her rescuer said she could smell diesel fuel on the tabby.

“If only she could talk, what a story,” laughed Kerker.

The Kerker household currently has two cats and a dog. So Tiger Lily will have some adjusting. They say she is warming up to the cats but the verdict is still out on the dog.

Welcome back, Tiger Lily!

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Source: Winnipeg Free Press

For more fun cat stories, check out 10 Fantastic Cat Facts and What is Kitty Trying to Tell You?–a fascinating article about cat communication. For more stories on remarkable animals, read about 8 Animals That Saved People’s Lives.

628 comments

Mia Reh
Mia Reh3 years ago

Wow, amazing story. I'm happy that the people and the cat were united again.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

WOW oh WOW! Beautiful!

Darla Taylor
Darla Taylor3 years ago

A wonderful and heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing.

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Rich Blue4 years ago

heartwarming...thank you for sharing

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.4 years ago

What a great story, thanks so much

Pat W.
Pat W.4 years ago

What a heartwarming story. Loved it!

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

Sweet.

paula eaton
paula eaton4 years ago

Amazing story.

Christy Elamma
Christy Elamma4 years ago

Wow, that is truly remarkable!

Elsa O.
Elsa O.4 years ago

really remarkable!!! tks for sharing