AN astonished cat owner has been reunited with her beloved missing moggy – ten years after he first disappeared.
Ginger tom, Nuts walked out of his home in Froggatt in 2001.
His distraught owner Bunny McCullough tried to find her missing pet but after putting up posters and months of searching she believed she would never see him again.
But remarkably ten years later Bunny received a call from Chesterfield’s Cat Protection to say Nuts had been found thanks his microchip.
She said: “I think I was a bit bemused. I couldn’t quite take it in.”
Nuts had been living with an elderly woman in Eyam for the past seven years. After her death he was handed over to the charity for rehoming.
Bunny said: “The worst thing was not knowing what happened to him. It was a dreadful time. It’s a relief to know at last that he had a home, someone loved him and he didn’t suffer.”
Nuts was taken in by Bunny when he was a few months old.
The intrepid cat used up one of his nine lives after being hit by a car and as Bunny witnessed the accident she rushed him to the vets before deciding to adopt him.
She added: “He was always very wild. I asked around the neighbourhood to see if anyone knew anything about him and only one man said he’d seen him in his garden.
“We thought he must be a stray.”
Around a year later Nuts went missing – and was finally reunited with Bunny last month.
Sue Mosley, homing officer at the Cats Protection, said: “You read about these things but never think you are going to come across one.
“It’s a happy ending and such a good job he was chipped.”
Bunny added: “It’s a real advocacy for microchipping.
“However there are still three years unaccounted for. We’ll never know what happened to him.