A couple were both happy and surprised when they were reunited with their beloved pet cat - five weeks after she went missing.
Pat and David Naylor’s four-year-old oriental shorthair cat, Tally, went missing from her home in Kelthorpe Close, Ketton, in early December.
The couple feared that she would never be found after they put flyers through doors, pinned up posters and ran an appeal in the Mercury for her return but with no luck.
But on Monday, the couple received a knock at the door from a neighbour to say she had been found safe and well in his garden shed.
Pat said: “We had feared the worst because she’s been missing for a long time. We didn’t know where she had gone but it was lovely to be reunited with her.
“As soon as our neighbour knocked on the door to say he thought he had found her we both rushed around there to see.
“I assume she was in there for the full five weeks.
“She knows the area and usually only goes around our nearest neighbour’s gardens so I knew she wouldn’t be far away. She doesn’t have a large territory and she’s never even been out for an evening before.
“She was very very thin when we got her back but she’s now eating everything in sight.”
The Naylor’s neighbour said he had looked in his shed when the couple first appealed for Tally’s return but that she could have been hidden under a blanket when he first looked.
Pat said: “I think she could’ve hidden herself away.
“She can be a bit nervous so she likes to hide under blankets. And at this time of year I don’t think our neighbour would’ve used his shed much so he wouldn’t have seen her.”
Tally was taken to the vets for a check-up on Monday.
She stayed in overnight but is now back at home with her owners.
Pat added: “It’s just lovely to have her back.
“She’s a real family cat and I’m glad she’s safe and well.”