A cat was reunited after nine long years with the loving owners who never forgot their precious pet. On Jan. 3, 2013 a Siamese cat named Vanilla finally made its way home to the family it once knew. Dara Gerson and her daughters lost the feline nine years ago in Sausalito, Calif. after a dog spooked the cat from Gerson's daughter's embrace. The happy reunion took place in San Francisco nearly a full decade later, according to Yahoo! News.
Despite a microchip implanted in their kitty's skin, Vanilla ended up in a new home nearly 10 years ago after the Gersons' desperate attempts to find the cat failed. It was that microchip that ultimately brought the cat back home.
An older gentleman had adopted the cat sometime after the Gerson family lost it. When he developed dementia and was admitted to a hospital, his caretaker contacted the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control about the lost-and-found cat. It was the right thing to do, workers discovered the animal's microchip and phoned the Gerson family on Christmas Day. Shortly thereafter, they were reunited with the cat after nine years lost.
Although this cat's tale of homecoming is heartwarming, it's sad that it took so long for these owners and their cat to be reunited. After nine years lost, the now-famous feline had probably given up any hope of seeing his former owners again. That's nearly a decade of missed purring, petting and hugs. Siamese cats typically live 15-20 years, sometimes even longer, according to Tips For Cats. Depending on Vanilla's age, he hopefully has plenty of time to become reacquainted with his owners.