Cat Reunited With His Family After Being Lost For 536 Days

Posted in Cat Stories - On: March 5, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: March 5, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

This shy cat from Virginia animal shelter was lucky enough to find a forever family.

When his human parents, Mindy and Luke Criner, took him in, they were heartbroken to see him sitting alone while his other kitty siblings played.


But Mindy knew that once they took him home he would bloom.

She named him “Cat,” he soon overcame his initial shyness and became a beloved part of the family.

cat and baby

When the Criners had a baby Cat fell instantly in love with him.

With time, Cat became more confident and his favourite pastime was exploring their yard.


That is, until he suddenly vanished. He had a habit of wandering off by himself but one night he didn’t come back.

Mindy and her family searched everywhere but he was nowhere to be found.

cat in bathroom

As weeks then months passed, they began to loose hope of ever finding him.

They had even set up housing stations around the area and had asked friends to keep a look out.

cat and dog

They put posters up everywhere and went on nightly walks calling for him, by now hope was slipping through their fingers.


Then, 536 days after Cat went missing, Mindy received a call from animal control saying that someone had found him.

She rushed to the shelter to meet him, hoping that it wasn’t a mistake.

When she arrived at the shelter she was told that a man had been taking care of her precious kitty, thinking that he was a stray.

cat and mindy

Cat had arrived at the shelter because he had been hit by a car and this compassionate man had found him just in time and took him there for much needed attention.

After discovering and scanning his microchip, they realized that Cat was not a stray after all.

As soon as he saw Mindy, Cat knew he was finally going home to his family, and he couldn’t have been happier about it.


As soon as they got back home, Cat settled in almost instantly, greeting his furry siblings and claiming back all of his old spots as if he’d never left at all.

Cat and his family have been spending time cuddling and getting to know each other again.

missing cat

Everyone was so happy to finally have Cat back where he belongs. 

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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