A family has been reunited with its cat after more than two years, all thanks to Facebook. In September of 2014 in Wanque, Northern New Jersey, Jimmy went outside the Zelitsky’s family home to use the bathroom, as he always did. This time, however, he did not return like he usually did, Paige Zelitsky explained. She said he was more like a dog on that way, he would go outside to use the bathroom, then come back and meow at the door to be let back in. One day, he just disappeared and the family was devastated.
The only scenario they could come up with was that maybe he’d hopped into a parked car with the window down, fell asleep and had essentially hitchhiked away. For months, the family distributed fliers on Jimmy in hopes of someone seeing him or had found him, but all was to no avail. There was no sign of Jimmy and their expectations of ever finding him faded more every day.
While on Facebook looking her friend’s postings, she thought she recognized a familiar face. There was a posting of a cat being taken to the West Milford Animal Shelter after a blizzard, and that face looked to be Jimmy’s face. Paige Zelitsky had to make sure, so she made a trip to the West Milford Animal Shelter to see for herself.
When the cage door opened, she said, she asked the kitty, “Is that you Jimmy?” The cat immediately head-butted her and smooshed his nose into a dog’s toy in her hand. He kept rubbing all over the family as if he knew exactly who they were, and one tell-tell sign this was their cat was when she gave him a belly rub. He nipped Paige when she rubbed her belly, just like he always did, she explained. She immediately began to cry because she knew this had to be her long last cat.
At first, the family was a bit skeptical this could possibly be their cat. But that skepticism immediately left once they got Jimmy home and saw that he still recognized everything about the home. He knew the layout of the home immediately and even found his old, favorite spot in the house, his dining room chair that he favored and always laid on. There was no longer any doubt that this wasn’t their cat.
The Zelitskys have no idea how he got away from the home and for so long, but now they are just thankful he is alive, safe, healthy, and back home with his family where he belongs. They are also very grateful to the wonderful and caring people at WMASS who posted the picture of Jimmy on Facebook to make the reunion happen.