When Elmo the cat was seven years old, he went missing. Five years later, Elmo’s owner got a call that they had found her cat and reunited the pair. The lesson is that if you ever lose a cat, never give up hope.

A 2012 study suggested that if you lose a cat, the return rate was between 63 and 84 percent, while research conducted in 2018 said 61 percent. Studies also suggest that escaped house cats have a greater return rate than outdoor cats, between 65 and 71 percent, depending on the source.

The bottom line is keep an eye on your cat at all times. Microchip your pet and you’ll greatly increase the odds that if your cat goes missing, someday you’ll find it too.

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