A couple recently had an unexpected reunion with an old housemate: their pet cat who disappeared more than 13 years ago.

George, who was last seen by Melinda Merman and Frank Walburg in 1995, was turned in to an animal hospital after the manager of a mobile home park trapped the sickly feline.

A microchip implanted in George allowed him to be traced back to his owners.

Merman said after George vanished, she visited animal shelters and wrote to veterinarians in search of the gray, yellow-eyed cat, who now weighs less than half what he once did.

Merman and Walburg said the cat is now eating well and acting like the playful kitty they used to know.