Missing moggy found 10 miles from home

A CAT which had been missing for two months has been reunited with its owner after it was found 10 miles from home.

Suzanne Hathaway, of Lonsdale Road in Stevenage, was outside the A&E department at Lister Hospital in the town when she saw a long-haired cat last Saturday.

“I’m an absolute cat lover and they take my attention,” she explained. “He was so friendly so I gave him a cuddle.”

With no evident owner, Suzanne decided to take the cat home and contact a vet. The moggy was chipped and belonged to a woman in Welwyn Garden City. He had been missing for two months.

“I was in absolute shock,” Suzanne said. “Why did he think to go to A&E?

“The owner cried her eyes out when I took him back. She was so amazed to have him back.”

Kerrie Astell, the cat’s owner, said: “We didn’t think we were going to see him again. I was so shocked.”

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She believes five-year-old Oscar may have climbed onto a delivery truck that was parked outside her house on the day he went missing - September 15.

“We have got CCTV and saw him sniffing around the lorry,” she explained. “He’s a homely cat and when he didn’t come back that day we thought he’d got onto the lorry.

“We phoned up the delivery company and were told the next drop had been in Stevenage, so we knew he’d got off in the Stevenage area.”

She added: “He hasn’t lost any weight, so I think someone was feeding him.

“I find it quite an amazing story.”

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