Our missing cat has just appeared in the garden....

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......but she went missing 7years ago :eek:

Where has she been? I'm all confused & we are all gobsmacked.

She has obviously been well looked after and is wearing a collar.

It is definately her as when she was a kitten she got attacked by a dog and has a huge scar across her face and a mis-shapen mouth.

She keeps sitting on our wall at the bottom of our garden :D It's ever so nice to see her again & my girls are really pleased:T

Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
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  • BossybootsBossyboots Forumite
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    Wow! The longest I have known a cat to be missing and return home is nine months. Someone has obviously taken it in. Is there a name and address on the collar? Does it look like the cat has returned home or is she not coming into the house?

    What are you going to do now?
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    This happened to a neighbour a few years ago, not quite as long but it was definitely years not months that it was missing.
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  • Gingham_RibbonGingham_Ribbon Forumite
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    That's astonishing. What's she doing now? I wonder if someone else took her in, then moved nearer you or something?
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  • QuackersQuackers Forumite
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    Bossyboots wrote:
    Wow! The longest I have known a cat to be missing and return home is nine months. Someone has obviously taken it in. Is there a name and address on the collar? Does it look like the cat has returned home or is she not coming into the house?

    What are you going to do now?

    We aren't planning on doing anything. She hasn't come into the house. Its obvious she is being well cared for.

    It sounds really weird but it was like she'd just come to say hello :D

    I hope we see more of her but we've just talked about i tand we dont really see her as 'ours' now - she has a new home somewhere else.
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  • NileNile Forumite, Board Guide
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    Quackers wrote:
    We aren't planning on doing anything. She hasn't come into the house. Its obvious she is being well cared for.

    It sounds really weird but it was like she'd just come to say hello :D

    I hope we see more of her but we've just talked about i tand we dont really see her as 'ours' now - she has a new home somewhere else.

    I think she has happy memories of when she owned you and your family.:D She's obviously popped back to see how you're getting on without her and to let you know that she's well.

    How nice for you all to know that she's alive and looking well cared for.

    What a lovely story to share with us.:T
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  • zombiecazzzombiecazz Forumite
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    Wow!!
    I bet it was nice to know that she was OK.

    Our cat went missing earlier this year for five days when we had heavy snow. We were so worried. I hated to think that something had happened to him.
    It turned out to be OK, as all we think happened was that he got trapped somewhere and due to the snow was unable to get home. So when the majority of the snow had gone, home comes our bedraggled, much slimmer old puss.
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    Just showed this thread to DH (who managed to tear himself away from the footie for a minute) and he says that it's like something out of a James Herriot book!
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  • SnowyOwl_2SnowyOwl_2 Forumite
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    Aww Quackers, that is fabulous news! You now know that she is safe and well, albeit seven years later. That is amazing, what a clever kitty!

    I had heard a similar story once before - a neighbour's plumber's cat went missing. She wandered back in seven years later, like it was a perfectly normal thing to do. Otherwise the longest a cat had been away and came back safe and sound was three months, which happened to an ex-colleague's cat.

    Tonight I am worrying because my cat has been "missing" since around 8.00 pm. He likes to have a wander, but it makes me feel sick when I don't know where he is. I dread to think how awful you felt when your cat originally went AWOL.
  • mikemoatemikemoate Forumite
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    This is a really nice bit of news.

    Our cat had an accident when young involving her tail. She now looks like like a manx cat, so if she goes missing I think people will point her in the right direction.

    Our last cat went missing for about 3 monhs when we were on holiday (we had someone coming in to see to her). She was very old but she did come back to see us and then disappeared again. I think it was just to say goodbye.
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  • TrixTrix Forumite
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    Cats are funny things - they own you rather than you owning them! We have had a few strange things happen with cats.

    1. My mum had a cat that reappeared after a few years. He didn't stay - just wandered in a few times, had a play like he hadn't been anywhere then left. After doing this for about a week we didn't see him again, but it was nice to know he was OK and obviously been looked after.

    2. Another cat we had once was pregnant and kept disappearing for a couple of days at a time. Then some people turned up on our doorstep after following her and seeing her go into our house saying that she was their cat as they had 'taken her in' a year ago....but we had used her as a 'mouse catcher' at our stables for 2 years before bringing her to live with us where she had been for another 2 years :rotfl:We offered them a kitten when they were ready, but never saw them again.

    3. My mum regularly has a cat come to 'seek' one of her cats by sitting on the windowsill or outside the door until it comes out then they both wander off together. She has three cat's but it is only one it bothers with - they are both Toms, so it is really weird! It invites itself in to eat the other cat's food if she leaves the back door open and if she didn't shoo it away, it would probably just end up staying.

    4. We lost a kitten once - she escaped without us realising and didn't have a collar on yet. We have 7' high gates and walls all around our yard so didn't think she would get out as she was still tiny...but she did. We posted notes through everyones doors within a few streets with a description and contact details but heard nothing. About a year later I saw her on the inside windowsill of a house five doors up! My mum knew the lady and asked her about the cat and was told 'a couple said she was theirs but she could have only gotten into my yard by been thrown so I didn't give her back and she is a house cat now'. She hadn't bothered to even tell us :mad: It wasn't worth doing anything as she was settled by then.

    So sometimes cat's get taken in because someone thinks they are a stray, sometimes they get hurt and taken in, sometimes the cat seems to fancy 'owning' somebody new or a change of house, and sometimes people just seem to fancy a new pet.

    Qauckers, I'm glad you are happy that she looks happy and healthy, but I would still be tempted to get the address off her collar just to find out what happened in those 'missing years' because the wondering would kill me :D

    (just previewed this before submitting - sorry, didn't realise how long a post it would be!:eek:)
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