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Cat missing for 11 years reunited with owner thanks to Facebook

"He looks the same and acts the same."

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Ziggy the formerly missing cat. (Ruth Orme via SWNS)

By Tom Bevan via SWNS

A much-loved family cat missing for 11 years has been reunited with owner his after being spotted on a Facebook page.

Marauding moggy Ziggy went missing in 2011 as a one-year-old kitten - leaving owner Ruth Orme devastated.

After initial searches proved unsuccessful, Ruth said they had long given up hope of seeing him alive again.

But after pictures of him were posted on Facebook, a vet carried out a microchip check and he was reunited with his family.

Ruth, of Royston, Herts., UK, said: "On Sunday, my ex had a phone call from a microchip database saying someone had found our cat.

"He went out one day as usual back in 2011, and never came back.

Ruth Orme with Ziggy the formerly missing cat. (Ruth Orme via SWNS)

"We'd had him just under a year, he was fully grown.

"We posted flyers throughout the town, went out night after night shaking food and following sightings but had no luck.

"Apparently some lads had found him on Royston industrial estate, around a 20-minute walk from where he went missing.

"He'd been there a few days so was fed and a video was posted a video on a Facebook Royston reporting page and a lady from a rescue group came out to pick him up and had his microchip scanned. This resulted in the call to us.

"He was returned Monday, looking in great shape with a few signs he'd been outside a while.

"He hasn't changed much at all and we're obviously in shock, super grateful he's back home.

"He looks the same, and his temperament hasn't changed. He still loves a cuddle."

Ziggy was about one when last seen by his owner at her house in Royston, Hertfordshire, in 2011.

Ziggy was found by the two men just a 20-minute walk from where he went missing.

"It was a miracle - and it's like he's never been away," Ruth said.

"After a couple of years, I had given up hope."

She got a new cat - Freddie - but said she never forgot about Ziggy.

"He looks the same and acts the same," she added.

"We can't tell if he recognizes us because he was always such a friendly cat, but he's been sitting on our laps and purring happily."

Ruth said he seemed in good health and she had no idea where Ziggy had been all this time, but she thinks he was living as a stray but being fed by several different households in the area.

"I really hope he settles back in," she said.

"He's already met Freddie and they don't seem to be too fussed about each other, which is a good thing."

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