Update: On the evening of February 15, 2018 we were watching having dinner and watching TV when the phone rang. I answered thinking it was the typical telemarketer calling again to tell us the warranty on our Toyota was expired and they were going to offer us our 100th last chance to extend our coverage. But to my surprise the person on the other end said “I have your cat”. I was in a bit of shock and didn’t believe what I was hearing. I ask if they would repeat that and the lady said, “Is this Denver, yes I have your cat”. You can’t imagine how excited I was and how many questions I had but the important thing was this lady actually had Jimmy.
In just the past week or two I was putting in some serious effort to find Jimmy. Not that I wasn’t anyway but I had a pretty good idea of the area where he was in. In fact I had it down to within a couple miles radius in Lagrange Kentucky so I starting posting ads on a Humane Society page in the area along with a $1000 reward. I think it was on that day, February 15th that this ladies husband seen my post on an app on his phone and he showed it to her. All of my efforts over the past 4 months had finally paid off. It turns out that she has some friends that live near me and Jimmmy had showed up on their deck. They said they attempted to find his owner, sorry but I don’t believe that. A few days later they gave Jimmy to their friend that lived in Lagrange Kentucky.
One of the first things she told me about Jimmy was that he didn’t look like the same cat. In the time that she had him he had gained 7 pounds. When I went to pick him up I said, Oh My God, look how fat you are! Well it had been a lot different around here since Jimmy’s return. I’m determined to keep him from ever disappearing again. One of the first things I did was to build a big enclosure for him off the front of the house so he could at least go outside. And now I have put a buried cat fence around my whole year. I was really afraid to try this but it is working great. He has learned where the boundaries are and after get zapped by the static shock collar a few times he doesn’t go anywhere near it.
I still sit and look at him and can’t believe he is home. The way he acts I believe he missed me as much as I missed him. He stays near me and rubs up against me all the time.
If you ever are missing a pet don’t give up on them. I have heard several other stories of people that have found their pets after months and even years have passed. If Jimmy wasn’t home I would definitely still be searching for him. Him and my other pets are as much family as my two human kids.
On September 22, 2017 my Bengal went missing. He is about 18 months old and his name is Mystre Jimmy. I hate to think that my neighbors would take my cat and then possibly sold him or maybe gave him away to someone else but I can’t help but feel that is what happened. Maybe just a coincidence but they were moving in around that time and for some reason Jimmy was staying away from the house for as long as 24 hours at a time. He would come home and eat and sleep for a few hours and disappear again. I was thinking about locking him indoors for a while but thought about it just a little too long. I was also planning to have him chipped but put if off a little too long also. There was a lot of noise from kids playing outside which I think may have gotten his attention. I have a sign in my yard with his picture and posted a reward of $200 if he is returned. Approximately 2 weeks after he disappeared I received calls from 2 different Animal Rescues asking about him. One of them was River Valley Humane Society and I decided to check out their FaceBook page. I was surprised and shocked at the same time when I seen a picture of a Bengal that had been posted by someone from Lagrange Kentucky. I immediately upon seeing that photo knew it was my Bengal. Fortunately for them he was found a day later and returned to them. I tried to intervene to see if I could take a look at the Bengal and ask them how long they had him but for some reason the post was immediately deleted. Maybe because they had found their cat or maybe because they didn’t like me asking questions because they know it is my Bengal. I had saved a copy of the photo before it was deleted but that was all. If only I had saved the names of the people involved but I wasn’t expecting the post to be deleted. Several people have compared the photo to photos of my Bengal and they are more than 100% sure that it is the same cat, my missing Bengal. Below I have some photos of Jimmy along with photos of the cat in Lagrange Kentucky. If you click on the photo it will bring up a large view of the photo.
*Update January 16, 2018
Since Jimmy went missing I have continuously search for him and posted ads everywhere imaginable. The photos and information have since been shared by hundreds if not thousands of people. One of the post has lead me to believe that a person in Buckner Kentucky has Jimmy and I’m very close to finding out exactly where they live. Information that I have found along with comments that they have made about me just gives me a very strong feeling that they have my Bengal. It appears they have or had family that are or were in the veterinary business and they also foster lost pets. I really think this person has my Bengal but I don’t have enough evidence to pursue approaching them but I’m getting there. I have their mailing address but it is a P.O. Box so I need to check other resources to find out exactly where they live. So I’m hoping that where ever Jimmy is, one day he will manage to sneak out the door again and the right person will find him so he can be returned to me.