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PHOTOS: Urgent plea from Cornwall pet owner after cat taken twice

PHOTOS: Urgent plea from Cornwall pet owner after cat taken twice

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:36pm 27th April 2018.

A Cornwall pet owner is urging people not to take cats they think might be strays out of the local area.

It comes after 16-year-old tabby, Bean, was taken twice in just a matter of weeks.

Owner Tasha Wenden, from Launceston, says she was left devastated after her beloved moggy disappeared over a month ago.

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It comes after people visiting the area had mistaken him for a stray and taken him home - but thanks to an appeal, he was returned safe and sound.

However, just five weeks later, he was mistaken for a stray again and this time taken all the way to Torquay.

Tasha said: "He is quite old and thin and he was taken by someone who was viewing a house down here, because they thought he was a stray.

"Then this weekend, he was also taken by some tradesmen that were doing carpets in the area.

"They had been down here for a few days and thought he was a stray so took him back to Newquay.

"The first time around I contacted Pirate FM, I did a lot of Facebook messages and things like that.

"Luckily, people heard it on the radio and brought him back.

"However, the second time I was going around the estate asking the neighbours and anybody if they had seen him.

"There was a van with a workman and I asked if he had seen my cat and he told me his colleague had taken him.

"So I then got a contact number and rung him and had to drive to Torquay to pick him up.

"So he went to Newquay five weeks ago and then Torquay this weekend!"

She is now asking people to think twice before assuming a cat could be a stray.

However, she says it could be down to the fact that because of his age, he is a particularly thin cat.

She said: "Both people who had taken him said to me they didn't think he was as old as he was, he is 16.

"But he's very thin because of his age and he pines.

"He loves attention so he will go up to anybody."

Tasha says Bean has since become very stressed after his ordeal and that she now worries about letting him outside.

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She said: "I was very distressed because I've obviously had him since he was a kitten.

"It was weird that it had happened twice, I kind of knew the second time that something wasn't right.

"He has now got a collar with his name on it and my contact details.

"But for people who do see a cat and they think it's a stray, if they do really think it's a stray ask the neighbours and don't take it out of the area, take it to a local vet where they might be registered as missing.

"Both times he was taken over 40 miles away and I would never have got him back if it wasn't for Pirate FM.

"It's a miracle really that I've got him home and I'm going to get him microchipped as well."

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