A cat has been returned to his owner after having been missing for seven years.
“I think the universe decided to reunite us for the final chapter of his life so that he can enjoy his golden years in a dignified manner,” Birkir Fjalar Viðarsson told vísir.is about his cat named Örvar, who was found in Reykjavík in February.
The reunion was particularly joyous. Birkir received notification from Kattholt, Reykjavík’s cat shelter. “At first I really couldn’t believe it. I did not know what to expect. So I prepared for the worst; maybe he had lost an eye or an ear. Maybe he would have to be humanely put out of his misery. When I arrived, I was told that Örvar was shy and kept to himself in the corner. But when I called out his name he came running, climbed on top of me and wrapped his body around me. It was as if we had never been apart. It was lovely. The ladies at Kattholt told me that they had never seen the cat behave that way. One of them was even moved to tears.”
Örvar went missing in the fall of 2007 after Birkir added a puppy dog to the household. Despite looking for him everywhere, he didn’t return. “I imagined two scenarios: either he had died or somebody had taken him in—stolen him, in a way. All I could do was hope that somebody nice had stolen him.”
Birkir contacted Kattholt regularly to see if Örvar had turned up there. But he never did.
“I really mourned this cat; I blamed myself for this and wondered what would have happened had I not gotten the puppy. It took me a long time to get over this and I thought about it regularly.”
Then, one day, Birkir received an email from Kattholt saying that the cat had been found. “They had been trying to reach me for two weeks. All the information from the micro labeling was outdated; he had been missing for so long.”
After an emotional reunion Birkir took Örvar straight to the veterinarian. “My boss loved the story and gave me the day off. It turned out that the cat was in great shape.
Birkir wishes to thank all of those who took care of the cat over the course of the seven years. “Actually I would like to thank them in person. Now that Örvar’s home I’m not giving him up again,” he smiled. “Before bringing him home I didn’t know what to expect. But he seems very happy. He just lies in his bed and enjoys life. I’m so happy to be able to take part in this final chapter of his life. We have been reunited and for that I’ll always be grateful.”