14-year-old cat gets cremated only to turn up outside owners house


A heartbroken family cremated their beloved cat and had bought a headstone – only for pet to ‘come back from the dead’ and turn up on their doorstep hours later.

The family-of-four’s 14-year-old moggy had been missing overnight so when Freddy and Sinead O’Cleirigh found a black cat dead in the road outside their home with an identical patch of white fur on its chest, they assumed it was Simba.

The tearful pair, from Lagmore, Belfast, took the cat to the vet where they had an emotional ceremony and purchased a headstone to remember her by.

After consoling their devastated sons, Connell, 17, and Stiofan, five, at home, the real Simba miraculously reappeared.

When Freddy and Sinead O’Cleirigh found a black cat dead in the road outside their home with an identical patch of white fur on its chest, they assumed it was Simba

Connell O'cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. The family has had the cat all her life

Connell O’cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. The family has had the cat all her life

Freddy O'cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. CCTV footage captured the moment the lucky feline strolled back home

Freddy O’cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. CCTV footage captured the moment the lucky feline strolled back home

CCTV footage captured the moment the lucky feline strolled back home and Connell was reunited with his childhood pet, with the lad clearly confused as he picked up Simba and ran into the house to share his discovery.

A second ‘miracle’ soon followed when the family were able to use the power of social media to track down the owner of the cat they had cremated and return it to them.

Deli worker Sinead, 40, said: ‘I’m just so embarrassed. It was a crazy day.

Sinead and security worker Freddy, 37, took the cat to the vet where they paid £60 for a cremation and £25 for a headstone.

Sinead and security worker Freddy, 37, took the cat to the vet where they paid £60 for a cremation and £25 for a headstone.

Connell O'cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. The family had even got her a headstone

Connell O’cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, with Simba, 14. The family had even got her a headstone

‘I haven’t stopped laughing because I can’t believe it was me who did it.

‘We got her a headstone and everything.’

‘Simba hadn’t come back all night and my husband got up early to go to the gym when he saw a dead cat that had been hit by a car.

‘We were crying and my sons were devastated.’

Sinead and security worker Freddy, 37, took the cat to the vet where they paid £60 for a cremation and £25 for a headstone.

The family have had her all of her life so they thought she deserves a proper send off because she's such a big part of the family. Pictured 14-year-old cat Simba

The family have had her all of her life so they thought she deserves a proper send off because she’s such a big part of the family. Pictured 14-year-old cat Simba

Sinead said: ‘We’ve had her all of her life so we thought she deserves a proper send off because she’s such a big part of the family.

‘We got her for Connell’s third birthday so he’s never known life without her.

‘We were all devastated including my extended family.’

CCTV caught the moment Connell was reunited with his childhood pet and Sinead was left to explain to her youngest son how Simba had managed to come back from the dead.

The family  was screaming that Simba had come back from the dead and they were all so happy and celebrating

Sinead managed to trace the mystery cat's owner on Facebook and returned the ashes to them

Connell O’cleirigh, 17, from Lagmore, Belfast, discovers cat simba that they thought they had cremated back on their driveway

She said: ‘We were trying to cheer the boys up with pizza then my son went to walk his girlfriend to the car and he saw a little cat come wandering down the drive.

‘Everyone was screaming that Simba had come back from the dead and we were all so happy and celebrating.

‘We explained to my youngest about the rainbow bridge and how that’s where cats and dogs go when they die so that’s completely ruined his illusion and now he thinks all our dead pets are coming back.’

Sinead managed to trace the mystery cat’s owner on Facebook and returned the ashes to them.

CCTV footage captured the moment the lucky feline strolled back home and Connell was reunited with his childhood pet, with the lad clearly confused as he picked up Simba and ran into the house to share his discovery

CCTV footage captured the moment the lucky feline strolled back home and Connell was reunited with his childhood pet, with the lad clearly confused as he picked up Simba and ran into the house to share his discovery

The blunder has made the family famous in their town and Sinead has been receiving messages from as far as America.

She said: ‘I posted what I’d done on social media and when Freddy went to work the next day, people were meowing at him and my phone was blowing up.

‘When I went into work, everyone knew about it.

‘People from Florida have been messaging me, everyone has seen it and I was all over everyone’s news feeds.’

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