Huge cat missing in Honiton finally reunited with owners

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:24 11 October 2017

John Gould with Merlin, the 9kg Maine Coon cat which went missing last month.

John Gould with Merlin, the 9kg Maine Coon cat which went missing last month.

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The Herald previously reported how Merlin, a 9kg Maine Coon, had given his owners John and Lisa Gould the slip after breaking out of their fenced-in garden.

Mr Gould with Merlin, the 9kg Maine Coon who escaped in Honiton.Mr Gould with Merlin, the 9kg Maine Coon who escaped in Honiton.

One of the world’s largest domesticated breed of cat which was on the loose in Honiton has been reunited with his owners.

The Herald previously reported how Merlin, a 9kg Maine Coon, had given his owners John and Lisa Gould the slip after breaking out of their fenced-in garden.

His escape sparked a frantic search, with John posting flyers up around the town and the story of his disappearance capturing the public’s imagination on social media.

Now, after almost a month of being on the loose, Merlin has returned home - and John say he has turned into a ‘completely different’ cat.

“We finally found him at the end of last month,” John said.

“Someone said they saw him at St Mark’s Road, and we found him under a building. I was told that he had an injured leg, but the RSPCA could not come out because the situation was not life-threatening.”

John said he tried to coax Merlin out from the building until the early hours of the morning, before admitting defeat and returning home.

When he returned the next day, Merlin had vanished.

“I did feel like I had blown my one chance to get him back,” John said. “I went over to the Courtenay area and a woman told us that she thought she had spotted Merlin in her garden a few times.”

Determined not to lose Merlin again, John acquired some cat traps from the Honiton branch of Cats Protection, setting it up in the woman’s garden.

“The lady said she was woken up at 5am to the sound of the shutter of the cat trap closing.

“But Merlin was too long and the shutter only came down on his back, meaning he could slip out again.”

John then had a brainwave, and set up the cat trap so it led into one of his dog cages, but Merlin managed to slip the trap again.

Determined to catch his cat, John made some tweaks and Merlin was finally caught - 29 days after his escape.

John said: “Now he’s back, he’s a completely different cat - he is all over us like a rash.

“He lost 2.4kg while he was gone. Maybe he’s realised what he was missing!

“I would like to thank Karen, Gloria and Rosemary - and everyone else - who helped in the search for Merlin.”

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