Cat crusade pays off with wanderer’s return

2013-06-06 00:00

NOA the cat has been found.

Last weekend, Noa’s owners, Anthea and Poppy Forder-Eagles, took to the streets dressed as cats to publicise the loss of their beloved tabby cat, Noa.

The couple had recently moved from Montrose to Prestbury and though Noa appeared to have settled into her new home, on May 6 she disappeared.

When posters and flyers advertising the loss drew no response, the couple, inspired by a woman in the U.S. who had done something similar, decided to dress up as cats and walk from Prestbury to Montrose with a sandwich board and distribute posters to publicise the missing cat.

Yesterday, the Forder-Eagles got a call from Bruce and Shireen Giles.

“Shireen said: ‘We think we might have your cat’,” said Poppy.

“They live in Payn Street and we didn’t think it was Noa as it was so far away, but they said she really looked like her.

“They sent a photograph and it looked like her and I asked: ‘Does it have a ginger patch on the back leg?’ When the answer was ‘yes’ we went straight there.”

Noa turned up the Gileses’ home in a housing complex in Payn Street on the periphery of the city centre last week. “She was obviously lost, but friendly, and would always come to us after we got back from work. She was in good condition, but a bit skinny and hungry.”

The couple fed Noa and were going to adopt her — they have already adopted a stray Maltese poodle — when Bruce Giles saw the notice about Noa that had been put up at their shop, Wild Ginger, a fresh-food takeaway in Connor Road, Chasedene.

“My husband saw the notice and said that it looks like the same cat,” said Shireen. “But it was a bit lighter in the poster picture. So my niece took some photos of her. Then I phoned Poppy and I said: ‘I think we’ve got your cat’.”

When the Forder-Eagles arrived at the Gileses’ home, Noa ran under a bed.

“I told Poppy to go in and see if she responded to her voice,” said Shireen. “When Poppy called out, she ran out from under the bed immediately. It was wonderful. Poppy was in tears.”

“I was in tears and so were they,” said Poppy. “Everyone was so happy.”

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