Missing Cat Found Living Inside a Pet Food Factory for the Past Year

February 7, 2016 Updated: February 7, 2016

A cat named Clive went missing 14 months ago but ended up in kitty heaven: a pet food factory.

The cat was found in good condition, albeit much, much fatter.

The animal was discovered in a pet food factory two miles away. Staff had noticed treats had been going missing, the Mirror reported.

Owners Tanya and Jonathan Irons said Clive disappeared in December 2014, and they went around and put up posters to try and find the lost animal.


A warm welcome home for Clive, the cat. He turned up in a Nottingham pet food warehouse, 16 months after going missing….

Posted by BBC East Midlands Today on Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Irons say that Clive has grown to be twice as big.

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

“When we got him back we were shocked to see how big and fluffy he was. He’s obviously been living the life of Riley in that pet food factory. He used to be very naughty and liked to go outside a lot. We thought somebody must have taken him in, as he’s such a lovely cat. We started a Facebook appeal and put up lost signs.”

(Kennelgate Pet Superstores/Facebook)
(Kennelgate Pet Superstores/Facebook)

She added: “We lost hope of ever seeing him again but on Wednesday we got a call out the blue from the vets saying he’d been found. I asked what he looked like and whether he was OK and was looking very well looked after.”

He was finally caught last week, when staff saw a trap had been activated. They took him to a vet, who scanned his microchip, revealing he was registered to the Irons family.

(Kennelgate Pet Superstores/Facebook)

Production supervisor Diane Gaskill said: “I’ve been trying to catch him for weeks when I found out we had a cat living in the warehouse. I saw him run past me a couple of times and we found droppings.”

“I set a cat trap last week night and I found him on Tuesday morning. He was hissing and spitting but he knew the game was up.”

Irons told the BBC she believed that Clive was taken in by another person.

“I can’t believe he’s so porky,” she said.