Pets: Northampton family searches for missing cat

  • Oliver, a Bengal cat, is missing and his family has posted a $500 reward for his return.  COURTESY OF STEPHEN VUKOVICH

Staff Writer
Published: 8/30/2019 11:24:57 AM

NORTHAMPTON – A 12-year-old Bengal cat named Oliver has been missing for over a week now, and his owners are asking the public’s help in locating their feline companion. The family has posted a $500 reward for his return.

Last Tuesday night Oliver slipped out of the house during a thunderstorm, owner Stephen Vukovich said, and although he has been spotted a few times in the vicinity of Henshaw Avenue and Prospect Street, he has thus eluded capture.

“There was a terrible thunderstorm – which he is terrified of – and he scooted out of the house when my wife held the door open for a moment,” Vukovich said. “He jumped over the fence and I spent the better part of an hour looking … I believe he is hiding somewhere.”

Oliver is beige with leopard spots on his torso, with a brown face and green eyes. He is very familiar with his name, Vukovich said, and will come when called.

Vukovich said his son saw Oliver near Franklin and Elm Streets last Friday, but Oliver ran off before he could be snagged.

The Vukovich family has contacted all the local animal shelters and veterinarian offices in the local area and has posted signs on Elm Street and the neighborhoods of Child’s Park and Henshaw Avenue. They go out every evening, Vukovich said, in search of Oliver.

The cat has only run off once when he was young and reappeared the next day, Vukovich said.

“I’m sure he’s out there catching chipmunks and birds,” Vukovich said, who goes on walks regularly with Oliver. “He’s even caught some while on his leash.”

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