We don’t normally like gimmicky days that don’t seem to serve any purpose beyond a hashtag.
But when cats are involved, we’ll make an exception.
We might not be celebrating Kiss a Ginger Day (12 January, if you were wondering), but we can use this special time to appreciate the story of Thomas, a ginger cat who’s been reunited with his owner.
Thomas went missing two months ago, leaving owner Susan Kovacs distraught.
She put up posters and shared photos on a lost and found Facebook page for the area, noting that the cat is microchipped.
Eventually Thomas – who’d become known as Teriyaki by locals – was found living near a Subway, Starbucks, and Travelodge in Rhostyllen, four and a half miles away from his home.
His microchip meant vets were able to get in touch with Susan and arrange for his collection.
The pair were reunited this week at Cats Protection’s Wrexham Adoption Centre.
‘I’m absolutely made up to see Thomas again and be able to give him a great big kiss,’ said Susan. ‘I can’t wait to get him home and settled in.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard Cats Protection had Thomas in its care and he was safe and well – I was devastated when he went missing and after so many weeks had gone by I was convinced I’d never see him again.
‘Thank goodness I’d had him microchipped so they could let me know he’d been found.’
Susan and Cats Protection staff have no clue how Thomas strayed so far from home.
They reckon he might have climbed into a vehicle, gone on an unintended road trip, then struggled to find his way home. Poor cat.
Thankfully he’s now back home, happy and healthy.
Cats Protection Wrexham Adoption Centre manager Suzan Kennedy said: ‘We were so pleased to see Thomas reunited with Susan – this amazing story shows the importance of microchipping cats and keeping the contact details up to date.
‘We were able to reunite Thomas with his overjoyed owner quickly and easily – without a microchip, sadly that may never have happened.
‘Microchipping is the most effective way to identify a lost pet and increase the likelihood of a happy reunion if a cat goes wandering.
‘The procedure itself is simple, doesn’t cause any harm and once chips are inserted, cats are unaware of their presence.’
Hear that, cat owners? Get your kitties microchipped. It’s important.
Is it safe to kiss your cat? Advice from Cats Protection
It’s fine for people to kiss their own cat, as long as the owner and their cat are medically healthy (e.g. no ringworm or campylobacter for either of them, and neither are immunosuppressed etc.), and that the cat is well socialised to people and used to that level of contact from their owner.
Kissing on the head would be less invasive than other areas and kissing on the cat’s stomach is a big no, no!
Cats tend to prefer brief interactions to prolonged, intense interactions and tend to do ‘nose to nose touching’ as a greeting. This could be incorporated to make it less scary for the cat, e.g. present the face to see if the cat chooses to come forward for a sniff, which could be perceived as a ‘kiss’ from the cat.
Cats certainly prefer the ‘playing hard to get’ approach, rather than someone slobbering over them like a dog!