A sorry tale has had a purrfect ending after a cat was reunited with his owners more than nine months after it went missing.
Nadia Webster had given up hope of ever finding Scratchy after he went missing last October.
But on Tuesday last week she received a phone call from Sunnyside Veterinary Clinic to say that he had been found.
Unfortunately Scratchy has lost one of his nine lives. He has broken his pelvis after being hit by a car but luckily he was microchipped which allowed the Roydon vets to track down his owners.
On Saturday, Miss Webster, with son Reuben, 12, picked up Scatchy to finally bring him home.
Miss Webster, who lives in West Winch with fiancé Ben Eglen, is now urging other owners to ensure that their pets are microchipped.
She said: “I had given up hope and was waiting for a phone call to say he had been found by the side of the road.
“It was overwhelming to receive a call from the vets to say he had been found.
“He has settled in really well at home. It is amazing to have him back again. He is having lots of cuddles.”
Scratchy had gone missing shortly after the family moved into a new home in West Winch from Gayton.
Miss Webster and her family had tried to find Scratchy and even returned to their old home to call him but never found any trace until last week.
Scratchy had been found in a garage in Ashwicken and taken to Sunnyside Vets for treatment.
Vet Helen O’Hare said Scratchy had a broken pelvis and a nasty cut to his tail. The prognosis could have been a lot worse if the weather had been warmer.
She said: “A lot of people don’t realise how important it is to have your pets microchipped.
“Cats tend to wander so it is very important to ensure they have the chip and that your details are up to date.”
Scratchy will be confined to a cage for the next few weeks to help him recover so there will be no chance of escaping again.
Miss Webster, who is pregnant and has owned Scratchy for seven years, said: “I saw him last week and it was emotional. I wasn’t sure if he would recognise me but when I said his name he stood up and meowed.
“Microchipping your pets is really important and to keep your details up to date.
“We did change our address when he went missing and I’m so pleased that we did.”