A CAT owner baffled by his pet’s lost GPS collar racing around the neighbourhood realised it was inside a rat.
Andy Kindell had bought a £130 chip linked to a phone app when puss Alex went missing for two days.
The white rectangular device, which fixes to a collar, worked a treat — until Alex came home hurt and without it on March 2.
Andy, 52, logged into the app and a map showed the tracker racing across gardens.
He visited the locations for days without spotting the device — then realised it followed drain routes.
A trip to the vet revealed Alex had been bitten by a rat, which probably ate the gadget.
Married dad-of-two Andy said: “At first I thought someone else had put it on their cat. Then I thought I was going mad.
“I followed the GPS signal to a neighbour’s and could see it crossing the road — but there was nothing in front of me.
“The app said the signal was weak. That’s when I twigged it was underground.
"Then the vet told me Alex’s right paw wound was caused by a bite and the collar must be inside the rat.”
Engineer Andy had bought the gadget after Alex’s earlier vanishing act — when he was found on a roof near home in East Ham, East London.
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