An Aberdeen family are feline fine after their cat was found three months after going missing.
Black cat Cookie managed to escape a cattery while owner Ashley Graham was on holiday in August.
The Garthdee resident, who lives with partner Gary Hall and their two children, three-year-old Abby and six-month-old Jax, was distraught to hear the news the beloved family pet had “bolted”.
She said: “We were on holiday in Greece when I had a call from the cattery saying Cookie had bolted.
“It was her first time staying in a cattery, and as she had run off before, I did warn the staff. However, she managed to squeeze through a security door.
“We were heartbroken – it ruined the end of our holiday.”
The cattery ceased trading shortly after the incident, and Ashley said she was “enraged” with how the situation was handled.
She added: “I had thought it was a reputable place to put Cookie.
“I left a negative review of their services and shortly after, they deleted their social media account – I was absolutely enraged.”
After feeling let down by the cattery, Ashley launched her own social media appeal for the missing moggie.
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The Graham family’s cat-astrophe however came to a purr-fect ending when a woman came across the two-year-old cat in Sclattie Park.
“Someone put it on social media that a black cat had been found,” said Ashley.
“After looking at the picture, I knew it was Cookie.
“My mum and I went to pick her up and she responded to her name.
“After a trip to the vet, a scan of her microchip confirmed it was Cookie.”
Despite her adventures in the wild, Cookie now looks like the cat who got the cream.
Ashley said: “She was healthy and in surprisingly good shape, but had a patch of scar tissue on her back which we think was sustained in a fight.
“She was, however, absolutely filthy and the vet said cats will only clean themselves when they feel safe, as it makes them too vulnerable in the wild.”
The flighty feline is now back home relaxing with Abby – a relationship Ashley calls “the best of enemies”.
But now that Cookie’s is a happy tale, Ashley is keen to thank the eagle-eyed Aberdonians who recorded their sightings of the flighty puss.
She said: “Everyone online would post when they saw a black cat – they really kept an eye out for Cookie.
“The woman who found her didn’t need to go to so much effort. I would also urge people to do their research thoroughly before choosing a cattery.
“Ask around to hear other people’s experiences because I don’t want someone to go through what we went through.”