Sheila - my Dad will come with me as he has always done when out searching for Billy. He's been really good.
Did the original caller say whether she had noticed a collar at all? It could even be there are two different cats - the one which the first caller saw, who rang you as a result of the g*mtree ad and then the one the two callers from yesterday had seen with the collar, who rang you as a result of the posters seen.
The first lady that alerted me to the carrington area emailed me (and has since) through g*mtree has said the following:
I dont remember a collar on the cat i saw, i was more worried about it crossing the road........ but these 2 responses are great news.
As previously said there are 2 b/w cats that live around here and neither of them have a collar at all so at least we know its not them.
She asked which roads the 2 callers said they'd seen the cat and I told them to her and she said they were right near where she lived and she seems to know the 2 black and white cats that live in the area, which is good. The young lad that rang said this b/w cat with silver collar had only been there about a month and he said it was outside all the time trying to get into the hostel he lives in. I know the hostel on his street funnily enough as my nephew went to live there for a while.
I'm going tomorrow with my Dad and he says he will knock a few doors to ask people. Whatever happens, it seems this b/w cat is unusual to that area.... maybe it is lost if it's not Billy, in which case I'd be happy to take it to the vets to get scanned.