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And just where have you been? Lost cat reunited with family after going missing for a year

Jax found three miles from home having crossed both the Finchley Road and Kilburn High Road

27 April, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Jax and Sam

A LOST cat has been reunited with its owners after going missing for more than a year.

Jax, a two-year old Burmese, had not been seen since Good Friday last year, so Clare Lennard and her family were amazed when they were told he had been spotted in a park three miles away over Easter.

They will probably never know how he got from the family home in Swiss Cottage to a bush in Queen’s Park, some- how navigating the traffic of the busy Finchley Road and Kilburn High Road. Ms Lennard said: “We burst into tears of joy. We’d spent so many months looking for him and eventually gave up hope. It’s a miracle. He went missing on Good Friday last year and resurrected just after Easter this year.”

The New Journal reported Jax’s disappearance in March last year when “missing cat” signs went up around Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood. Ms Lennard, who works for a marine con- servation charity, said she got the call from a woman who had spotted a cat with a paw stuck in his collar.

He had a severe gash under his leg but when she cut him free he fled. The woman found Ms Lennard’s phone number in the cat’s collar. The family drove over to Queen’s Park Gardens where the park-keeper said he had seen a brown cat sleeping most nights under a hedge.

Jax is welcomed back by Sam, as sister Lucy and their mum Clare hold Oskar and Rozy, new cats that the family bought while Jax (centre) a two-year old Burmese, was away for 12 months

Ms Lennard said: “Jax recognised us straight away. We gave him the food we’d brought with us and he wolfed it down in about three seconds. He’d obviously been starving. He is only two, so half his life has been on the road.”

Queen’s Park Gardens is a small park in north Westminster that is celebrated for its rose gar- den – a haven for birds, butterflies, bats and bees.

“He smelled terrible,” said Ms Lennard’s son Sam. “We had to hold our noses all the way home and he had a really bad injury under his arm where his collar had been rubbing him.”

Jax’s joyful reunion was tempered slightly soon after he got through the door. Ms Lennard added: “He walked inside, very confident and happy, and then stopped dead in his tracks as he saw two younger versions of himself.”

Believing Jax was lost for good, the family had bought two new cats, Oskar and Rozy, which came from a new litter from Jax’s mother. “They hissed and growled at each other,” said Sam’s sister Lucy, 13. “I had to try and keep the peace by whistling at them. We’re just so happy to have him home.”

Jax also went missing  for 12 months in January 2015 but was happily reunited with the family a week later after being found in a nearby garden. Ms Lennard said at the time her son Sam had been “sleeping on the floor by the kitchen door” in case he returned.

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