Clive and Tanya. Photo Courtesy of Mirror Online

Missing for 14 Months, Clive the Very Smart Cat Was Found Living the High Life

Are you a foodie? I know I am. Homemade macaroni and cheese? I’m so there. Pizza? Yup, that’s me. Chocolate? You betcha. My cats aren’t any different. They never met a slice of ham they didn’t like. The same goes for chicken and shrimp. One or two of my cats even like off-the-wall items — things you wouldn’t expect a cat to like. Broccoli, for instance. And dry bread crusts. What planet are these cats from anyway?

Noam Catsky is giving me the side-eye right now but he’s the first one to get in my face when there’s chicken to be had. Photo courtesy of the author. All rights reserved

Whichever way you look at it, my cats definitely love their food. And that’s the one thing they have in common with Clive. Clive is a young Norwegian Forest cat who took the whole foodie thing to another level.

Clive as a kitten. Screen capture by Cats On Catnip.

Clive loves his food

You see, when he went missing in 2014, Clive’s human parents Tanya and Jonathan Irons were deeply distraught, Cats On Catnip reports. The couple, whose daughter Elizabeth was just a toddler at the time, plastered posters all over their neighborhood. They even launched an appeal on Facebook, but unfortunately, nothing worked.

Beautiful Clive, the Norwegian Forest Cat. Photo by Freekibble/Facebook

Then, the staff at a local pet food factory a couple of miles down the road from the Irons family, who live in the UK, noticed something unusual — treats were going missing. Workers had also found a few unusual droppings around the factory. So they decided to trap the “cat burglar,” who just happened to be Clive.

The jig was up and Clive was busted. Screen capture by b/60 via YouTube

The next step was to take him to a local vet who scanned Clive’s microchip. At that moment, the vet discovered this was indeed the missing Iron’s family cat, Mirror Online reports. After what must have seemed a very long 14 months, the grateful family finally got their cat back.

“We lost hope of ever seeing him again but on Wednesday we got a call out of the blue from the vet’s saying he’d been found.”

Was this Clive’s favorite food while he was living large? Screen capture by Mirror Online

But finding Clive wasn’t the only surprise in store

He’d been living the good life in that factory and was surrounded by all kinds of yummy cat food, Mirror Online reports.

“When we got him back we were shocked to see how big and fluffy he was,” said Tanya, who’s a marketing manager. “He’s obviously been living the life of Riley in that pet food factory.”

Usually, when cats go missing, they tend to come back a little thinner than before. Well, that wasn’t the case with Clive.

“Clive was nine months old when we lost him — and he was a lot smaller then,” Tanya said.

Clive is reunited with Tanya and Elizabeth. Screen capture courtesy of BBC News

“He used to be very naughty and liked to go outside a lot,” Tanya said. “We thought somebody must have taken him in as he’s such a lovely cat. We started a Facebook appeal and put up signs.”

Tanya told BBC News she couldn’t believe he’d gotten “so porky.”

Clive’s fur looks sooooo soft! Photo Courtesy of BBC News

And now he’s happy at home again

Before he went walkabout, he was never a huge eater at home, Tanya said. But he had lots of competition from his brothers meaning he had to eat quickly.

“He was probably glad he didn’t have to compete with them for once,” she added. “He has a huge appetite now though. I’ve had to leave him with a big bucket of food, he just won’t stop eating.”

Don’t worry, he’s not unhealthy and Clive’s mom and dad aren’t going to punish him :

“We’re not going to put him on a diet though, he’s just a bit rounder but he’s happy.”

Clive truly is an extraordinary cat and it’s nice to see that he’s safe at home now, back with his family where he belongs. The heartwarming video below tells his story and is full of cute photos.

Featured image courtesy of Mirror Online

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