Ask any cat or dog owner and they’ll tell you they’d know their pet anywhere.
But maybe that’s not quite true.
When Sophie Johnson’s cat Lentil went missing, she posted an appeal on Facebook asking her neighbours in Prestonpans, Scotland, to keep an eye out for her “wee scone”.
And, sure enough, kind locals Lauren Faulkner and Charlie Allan decided to lend a hand, searching a nearby housing development where a cat answering Lentil’s description had been spotted looking “really muddy”.
Not long afterwards, Lauren and Charlie triumphantly posted “MATE WE’VE F***ING GOT HIM” – with a photo the prodigal puss sitting in their car.
But, as a “shaking” Sophie was still replying to the pair, saying she “couldn’t believe it,” that Lentil had been found someone burst out of a nearby house to tell Lauren and Charlie that their moggie rescue had been a case of mistaken identity because the animal they had retrieved had been living contentedly in that estate for “over a year.”
An embarrassed Lauren and Charlie released the cat they thought they’d “rescued” and told Sophie about the mistake.
You might think the minor drama was all over there.
But not quite. The furious owner of the Lentil lookalike posted: “Someone just tried to steal our Railey ragdoll cat. Luckily to our wonderful neighbours it was prevented.
“We are aware of a missing cat who looks a little like ours and we are sorry for the owner’s loss but turning up to someone’s home and trying to steal an animal is an appalling and cowardly act.”
Clearly unimpressed to be described as ‘appalling and cowardly’ Lauren responded fiercely on Twitter: “I mean we didn’t run about in f***ing balaclavas nor get wrestled to ground whilst trying to abduct the cat, some **** went thats no the right cat btw and I let it out and we all laughed.
“Everyone lock your cats up we are clearly very dangerous.”
After all that drama, Lentil is still missing so please keep a look out for him if you’re in Prestonpans.