Missing cat Mr Muk is reunited with his owner
28 September, 2018 — By Emily Finch
Izabela Mnich with Mr Muk
Missing moggy Mr Muk came rushing back to his owner after hearing her calling for him in the street, two months after his disappearance sparked a police appeal for help.
Officers released photos of a man apparently seen with the ginger Siberian cat earlier this month and on Tuesday evening the trail led to a property in West Hampstead, six miles away from owner Izabela Mnich’s home in Highbury.
The police had failed to grab frightened Mr Muk and called Ms Mnich, 34, in the hopes that she could persuade him out of his hiding place.
They said they could not reveal the exact location of the property because no one had been charged for the catnap.
Ms Mnich said: “They told me the area. He always recognises my voice, he doesn’t have a problem with recognising people and places.
“He ran to me and stopped and looked at me. I could see he was thinking: ‘where the hell have you been? I’m here!’ I think the house he was in must have had a cat flap.”
The artist and bar manager spent two hours circling the roads of West Hampstead in the early hours of Wednesday morning calling for her beloved cat. “Poor neighbours,” said Ms Mnich, who first appealed for help in the Tribune.
Mr Muk who has not yet returned to the front garden
“When I got the phone call from the police I thought: ‘I am going to get my baby. I am not going to look for another cat. I am going to come back with my cat.’ He is my life partner. I’ve had him for 10 years.”
A 22-year-old man was arrested at the property on the suspicion of theft but released without charge after the matter was “resolved by community resolution,” police said.
Now Mr Muk is back to enjoying his life at his home Petherton Road but has lost a little weight and colour, according to his owner.
“He’s just getting used to all the cats around here who have been in the garden. His biggest problem at the moment is thinking: ‘Who is peeing in my area?’” said Ms Mnich.
Mr Muk is allowed to return to the front area where passersby could greet him and take photos of him to put on Instagram but Ms Mnich believes he is “traumatised” after his ordeal and is currently avoiding the main road.
“His fox friends and Tiger, my neighbour’s cat, missed him very much. Tiger was looking for him in my house,” she said.
Now, Ms Mnich wants to campaign for better legal protection for pets so that more resources are used to find them if they go missing or are taken.
“It was so painful and exhausting and damaging to my life. It’s not some- thing you can forget, you wake up with that every single day but you have to keep going,” she said.
She thanked everyone who had helped her in the search. “I cannot explain how grateful I am,” she said. “There were moments that were really tough and some people who I’ve never met helped every single day,” she said.