A CAT that went missing from his St Austell home has made a miraculous return after three years away, having grown large – possibly on a diet of Cornish pasties.
Named Woosie due to his fear of loud noises, the black tom cat disappeared from owners Helen and Philip Johns' Truro Road home one morning without warning.
They had grown used to life without him only for the moggy to return on Tuesday last week when he was picked up by a vet.
And it turns out the adventurous feline may have been sampling the finest in Cornish cuisine for the past three years – living around the Ginsters' pasty factory in Callington – 30 miles away.
"He's a heavy cat now – he's quite large. We think that he may have been eating all the pasties and sandwiches up there," joked Mrs Johns.
"He's probably been given lots of titbits from staff there."
The seven and a half-year-old cat has settled back into his old home without much readjustment.
"We were worried that he might have gone wild but he's wandering around here like lord of the manor," said Mrs Johns.
"He's stretching out and relaxing like he's never been away."
Mrs Johns said she didn't know how he made it over to Callington – but thinks he may have jumped into the back of a delivery van and hitched a ride.
"We don't know how on earth he ended up there. We just came down one morning and he was never seen again.
"We spent time looking for him and contacted Pirate FM to put out an appeal, but nothing."
Mrs Johns said a Callington vet, located near the Ginsters' factory, picked up Woosie, and contacted their local vet – Pelyn, on King's Avenue.
When she was contacted by Pelyn and told her cat was missing, she believed they had found her other cat, Lola.
"I thought to myself, 'but that's a bit odd, I've just seen her in the kitchen'.
"He [Woosie] was micro-chipped and when the vets scanned him it came up with our address.
"I eventually realised that they must have Woosie."