A cat is now back at home being spoiled with treats and pet toys after going missing for two years.
Felix disappeared from his home in north west London in September 2010. His owner, Nicholas Cochonneau said he and his partner had almost given up hope of ever seeing him again.
The cat was found wandering the streets just two miles from his home and was taken to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where he was scanned for a microchip.
Mr Cochonneau was contacted straight away. He said: "I couldn’t believe it when Battersea got in touch to tell us they had Felix ... If it wasn’t for the microchip we’d never have found him. We’re baffled as to where he’s been all this time, but the main thing is he’s safe and sound and we’re able to take him home."
Liz McWalter, head of Intake and Assessing at Battersea, said that microchipping is the most effective way of finding a pet if it goes missing and if more pets were microchipped, the charity would be able to reunite more owners with their pets.
Despite this, just five per cent of the animals taken in by Battersea last year were microchipped.