Cat reunites with owners who had given up hope 10 years after he went missing

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A cat has reunited with its owners a whole 10 years after it went missing.

Feline Forbes, aged 12, was rescued by animal welfare chiefs in Aberdeen. They found him looking very thin and with protruding bones.

The welfare chiefs scanned Forbes for a microchip and contacted his shocked owners who revealed the cat had been missing since 2011.

Forbes has now been returned to his overjoyed owners who had given up hope of ever seeing him again.

Owners Neil and Lucy Henderson were heartbroken when they lost Forbes in March 2011 and spent months searching for him.

However, after nine months of looking, they gave up hope of ever seeing the cat again and three years later moved to Edinburgh.

The Scottish SPCA found Forbes just two miles from where he went initially went missing a decade ago.

The moggy is now settling back into life at home with Neil and Lucy.

Neil said: "When Forbes first went missing in March 2011, we were distraught. We’d had him from when he was a kitten and we had such a special bond.

"He was such a unique and friendly character, we absolutely adored him.

"Our friend made posters and we went door-to-door in the area we lived in Rosemount. We asked people to check garages and sheds as we thought he may have just been locked inside.

"After eight or nine months, we very sadly had to come to the realisation that the worst may have happened."

Lucy called Neil while he was driving, asking him to pull over before she told him the exciting news that Forbes had miraculously been found.

He said he turned the car around immediately, saying he was "overcome with emotion", and the next day they travelled to Aberdeen to pick up their long lost pet.

"Forbes did give me a big cuddle so I’m hopeful that he remembered us," said Neil.

Apparently Forbes is acting like he's never been away, even coming into the room and meowing when Neil plays video games late at night – just like he used to back in the day.

Neil said: "At the moment, we are just gradually introducing him to our two dogs and two cats.

"He is staying inside while he gets used to everything and the other animals get used to his scent, and vice versa.He’s exploring a new room each day.

"We never thought we would see him again. It’s like a closed chapter has just opened up. It’s a dream come true."

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