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Cat home after two year 'holiday'

Ozzie the cat
Ozzie was reunited with his owners through his microchip identification

A cat has been reunited with its owners in East Dunbartonshire after being found on a Scottish island - two years after it vanished.

Karen Ratcliffe bought Bengal tabby, Ozzie, and his sister, Ellie, for her children.

They put up laminated posters after Ozzie went missing from the family home in Bearsden in 2007.

He was found in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae. Cats Protection staff later identified Ozzie from a microchip.

Mrs Ratcliffe said that when Ozzie initially left the house the family was not unduly worried.

But this changed when he had not returned several days later.

She said: "We started getting worried and phoned the local vets and police.

When we found out it was Ozzie we were delighted. My daughter Hannah was weeping with happiness, she was absolutely delirious
Karen Ratcliffe
"We walked round local streets to see if he had been run over and my children also laminated a photo and put it on lampposts."

Mrs Ratcliffe said her children were very upset when Ozzie could not be found.

As recently as this Christmas they had wondered what had happened to him.

Then, out of the blue, they received a call to say that Ozzie had been found scavenging for food in Millport by a woman.

"Apparently he had been terrorising her cat and she got a bit upset by this and contacted the North Ayrshire branch of Cats Protection," Mrs Ratcliffe said.

Ozzie the cat
Mrs Ratcliffe said Ozzie had made himself at home again
"They picked him up from Millport, brought him across the water, scanned him and found that he was a Bearsden cat belonging to us called Ozzie.

"I then got a call on Friday asking if I had lost a cat but I said that was eons ago.

"When we found out it was Ozzie we were delighted. My daughter Hannah was weeping with happiness, she was absolutely delirious.

"Now we have him back he's exactly the same. He's really affectionate and he's very big. He's obviously been fed by people who have looked after him."

Mrs Ratcliffe said she had no idea how Ozzie managed to get away from Bearsden, never mind make it across the water to Millport.

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