After 10 months the East family had given up all hope they would ever see their missing cat Lewis again.

So they were shocked and thrilled when the seven-year-old black moggy returned suddenly to their Old Catton home.

Marie East, 28, mum of Ben, three, and Owen, 18 months, said: “Lewis had disappeared on a rainy night in August.

“He went out in the middle of the night and never came back.

“We thought he had been stolen, because there were a lot of thefts of cats in the area at that time. If he was stolen, maybe he managed to get away and then find his way back home?

“Ben’s especially thrilled that Lewis has come back. He keeps asking him where he’s been, expecting an answer.”

When the puss first went missing, Mrs East and husband Steve, 32, an insulation technician, searched long and hard in the area around their White Woman Lane home to find him. They put up posters in public places and asked family, friends and neighbours about any possible sighting, but all to no avail. Until now.

Mrs East added: “We’re all just so delighted to have him back – everybody’s happy. But I don’t think we will ever know where he went for those 10 months.”

Amazingly, another lost cat turned up last week after going missing from a Norfolk cattery 10 months earlier.

Peter and Gillian Watson feared the worst after their cat Leon went missing while they were on holiday last August.

But now the family, from Roydon, near Diss, has received a call from Linden House Veterinary Centre in Diss to say Leon is safe.