A pretty orange cat in Nashville has turned into an international armchair detective race to solve the mystery of where she came from. How did this cat find herself lost in Nashville with a microchip implanted in Italy?
Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control (MACC) shared the case of the stray cat found at the Nashville International Airport on Facebook.
“We have a #StrayOfTheDay to tell you about today.
This orange kitty was found near the airport this week. Our team scanned it for a microchip, and while it was not registered, it was implanted in Italy.”
In the comments, the shelter says they found the chip as not registered with no available information. Further, they filed a report with the airport in case anyone inquired there.
Possibly, the cat’s owner didn’t take steps to register the Microchip either by mail or online after it was implanted.
A Microchip Mystery from Italy to Nashville
Soon after posting, the story of the orange cat turned into a race to solve the mystery. So far, the story has been shared over 1.5K times. In the comments, over 175 would-be sleuths have weighed in. Of those who responded, many are from Italy, including an Italian veterinarian.
Some suggest cross-posting on other Facebook groups to reach more people. One suggested posting on TikTok because “They can find anything!”
Some had a theory the cat may have arrived from a family in the military. So, they offered to contact the army vet clinic in Vicenza and Naples.
Others wanted the microchip information, but the owner’s contact information would not be publicly accessible due to privacy laws.
Meanwhile, contacts in Italy offered to search available databases and contact animal registries. Overall, it was amazing how many people offered to help get this cat back home. Therefore, we can be confident the cat will soon have a happy reunion. Even if not, many people offered to take care of the cat in Nashville.
If you recognize the cat, you may contact MACC at 615-862-7928.
A Cat Reunited with US Family with Australian Microchip
Recently, we shared the story of Teenie, a cat reunited with a family in Montana. Like the cat in Nashville, Tennie had a microchip from another country. This time, the chip came from South Wales, Australia.
After receiving a response from the Australian microchip company, rescuers in Missoula discovered the cat’s real name was Sophie. Astonishingly, the cat’s owners were living nearby, and the rescuer knew them. They had been looking for Sophie for almost a year.
Thanks to the microchip information, Sophie had a happy reunion.