When we felines go missing, if we are not found quickly, it is likely we will never be found. A human now living in Colorado lost their feline 10 years ago, when they were living in California near where the wildfires recently destroyed lots of homes. They thought coyotes or other predators had taken their indoor outdoor cat. Furiends, this is a reminder about why felines do best inside!
Humans searching for missing felines found a feline in the rubble. The poor feline suffered serious burns but survived, and the kind humans took him to the humans in white coats. The white coated humans treated the feline and checked for a chip. When they did, they called the human listed in the records.
That is when the human in Colorado learned their feline, named Pilot, had survived all those years. Pilot suffered serious injuries in the fires. To recover, he needed two surgeries, including one where he lost five toes. But he endured this, and then traveled to Colorado to be reunited with his humans after ten years.
As soon as Pilot arrived, he went to one of the small humans in the home and immediately cuddled with them. And he did not lose any of his quirks despite being away for so long. He likes to hop into his water dish and stand in it. I do not know why he does this. Sometimes Jacey, Koji, and I swat the water in our dish to make it move before we drink it. But we do not stand in it!
Pilot lost his humans when he was a young feline. Now, he is an old feline. He is very stoic, which should not be a surprise after so many years out on his own. But he still loves his humans as well as other humans. I am glad he gets to spend the rest of his days inside with the humans he loves!