A cat that went missing from its Scottish home two and a half years ago has been reunited with its family.
Owner Debbie Carver was stunned when vets phoned her to explain that Maddie, who disappeared in January 2019, had been found at a stables nearly six miles away.
And now the tabby has been purring away at home after instantly recognising her owner.
Workers at the farm in Dyce, near Aberdeen, had noticed the animal around the stables over the past couple of years, but after asking local residents about her, had assumed she was a stray.
Yet when a vet was checking the horses, one stable girls asked if she was carrying a scanner to check for microchips – and that revealed Debbie’s contact details.
‘It’s absolutely nuts she’s been found. I can’t believe it’, Debbie said.
She travelled to the stables with her husband and daughter to collect the pet – who was instantly at home when they were reunited.
Debbie continued: ‘They thought she was going to be very wary of me, the Cats Protection guy thought she wouldn’t know me after two-and-a-half years.
‘I just went into the room and shouted her name and she came running over, circling round my legs meowing.
‘I got her in the box no bother and that’s been it.’
Maddie is now in isolation at home so she can get used to her surroundings again, but according to her owner she is settling in well.
‘Her purr is the loudest I have ever heard it,’ Debbie told the Aberdeen Evening Express.Car crashes into 'number of people' outside pub in South Wales
‘We took her home and fed her and played with her and she was purring non-stop.
‘Then she just settled down and went to sleep, it was as if she thought “that’s me home”.’
The family have two other cats, Missy and Jess, who have missed Maddie since she disappeared.
Maddie has since been given a clean bill of health by vets.
Admitting she was ‘90% sure I would never get her back’, Debbie continued: ‘I keep thinking it’s a dream.
‘I just think I’m going to wake up and it won’t be real.
‘We’ve had happy tears now, there were a lot of sad tears before.’
Maddie’s two-year disappearance is far from the longest some cat owners have had to wait to be reunited with their pets.
In October last year, a cat called Mo returned home after an eight year absence.
And in March this year, Christine Ball received a remarkable phone call telling her that her kitten Phoebe had been found after 20 years missing – and they spent the final two days of the cat’s life together.
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