Missing moggy turns up after nine years on the roam

Paul Fenn, and Tigger the tom, reunited after nine years Photo: Caters

The owner of a missing cat says he can't believe his beloved pet has turned up - after NINE years.

Paul Fenn last saw Tigger in 2005 when his pet left his home in Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire and never came back.

But two days ago, the 38-year-old got a call from an animal sanctuary, saying the straying tom had turned up.

Tigger with Paul Fenn and his children Archie, three, and Olivia, six Credit: Caters

Tigger had been found by a member of the public hiding in some undergrowth ten miles away from Mr Fenn's home, and was handed into Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary in Coalville on May 9.

In a routine check, staff found a micro-chip in the cat's neck.

Paul Fenn told the Leicester Mercury:

"We have moved house, had two children and Tigger's sister cat, Stella, has died.

"It is great to have Tigger back but the real test comes when I let him out again.

"We have been told to keep him in for two weeks to get him used to where he now lives.

"Before he disappeared his stays out got longer and longer. I just hope when it comes time to let him out he comes back."

It's thought Tigger the tom has been looked after very well in his nine year absence, and has not been straying the whole time.

Trustee for the Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary charity Kristina Linnell, told the paper:

"He's a lovely cat – an adorable, gorgeous ginger tom.

"We usually get them missing for a few days, but to return them after years is very rare."