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A family is over the moon to see their beloved pet cat return home after being missing for over a year.

In December 2020, tortoise-shell feline Nutmeg left the family home in Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket, which is just outside of the town centre.

Despite a major search to find their cherished pet, there was no trace of Nutmeg until she was found on Tuesday - 18 months later - by mum Marcina during a walk down their street.

After an 18 month holiday, Nutmeg is back. Picture: Molly Curtis
After an 18 month holiday, Nutmeg is back. Picture: Molly Curtis

She messaged her family a picture of Nutmeg and said: “18 months later, look who is home.”

Her daughter Molly Curtis said: “I just couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. At first glance, I just thought it was an old picture that mum wanted to reminisce about.

“We spoke on the phone and I had to convince mum to actually put Nutmeg on the phone so I could see her.

The photo was sent on the family group chat. Picture: Molly Curtis
The photo was sent on the family group chat. Picture: Molly Curtis

“We were all so happy to see her again. It’s so weird, even talking about it now, I still can’t believe it.”

When Nutmeg disappeared, Molly shared a post asking the residents of Stowmarket to ‘keep an eye out’ for her mum’s cat.

The post read: “Can you please share if you are from the Stowmarket area so she can be home safe for Christmas? We are worried about her.”

Marcina also printed posters which were put up around the town to no avail.

Mum Marcina spread missing posters across Stowmarket. Picture: Molly Curtis
Mum Marcina spread missing posters across Stowmarket. Picture: Molly Curtis

Molly said: “It was really sad. We still had so much hope, but every cold day that passed we were thinking about the worst case scenarios.

“Everyone on the Facebook pages were so amazing. They were sharing and commenting and it really felt that everybody felt invested in finding her.”

Pet cats are notorious for going missing and are often never seen again. With this, Molly couldn’t believe it when she heard the news of Nutmeg’s return.

Nutmeg is a small, friendly and adventurous cat. Picture: Molly Curtis
Nutmeg is a small, friendly and adventurous cat. Picture: Molly Curtis

On Tuesday during a walk, Marcina noticed a cat-like figure near a neighbouring drive and suddenly realised it was in fact her missing cat.

Excited meows were directed at Marcina who picked Nutmeg up and cuddled her on the walk back home.

The family were shocked but very happy to see Nutmeg again. Picture: Molly Curtis
The family were shocked but very happy to see Nutmeg again. Picture: Molly Curtis

A lot can change in 18 months so you can imagine Nutmeg’s surprise when she met a new addition to the family - a dog.

But Mars, the cavapoo, and Nutmeg have not started on the best of terms as both are a bit unsure of one another.

Molly said: “They’re currently kind of fighting for alpha position in the house. We felt bad as we had gotten rid of all her cat food, cat carrier and everything.

Nutmeg returned to home to find an unexpected addition to the family - Mars the dog. Picture: Molly Curtis
Nutmeg returned to home to find an unexpected addition to the family - Mars the dog. Picture: Molly Curtis

“Luckily, she wasn’t skin and bones. She was actually a little bit chunkier than when she left. We think someone must have been looking after and feeding her. She’s not been struggling, bless her.

“If anything, she’s just a bit more feisty than she used to be. A bit more wary, I suppose. She’s settling in okay, but I think mum is a bit cautious about letting her out again.”

Marcina and partner Colin are currently doing ‘test-runs’ with letting Nutmeg go outside.

Luckily, she hasn’t left for her secretive second life as of yet.