Life on the streets: Bigga is back home after eight years living as a feal on the streets
A cat that went walkabout has been reunited with its owner - eight years after running away from home.
Bigga, so named because of his size, disappeared in 2002 from owner Lorna Fothergill's house in High Wycombe.
Distraught Mrs Fothergill put up posters, offered a reward and searched the area, but the missing moggy never returned.
Then a few weeks ago, RSPCA officers were called to pick up a feral cat near where Lorna used to live and discovered that it had been microchipped.
Despite Mrs Fothergill having moved to Milton Keynes, they were able to track her down and reunite her with her long-lost cat. But living rough has taken its toll and Bigga now has arthritis, liver problems and feline AIDS.
She said it had been an amazing week since she was reunited with her pet: 'My friends have been following this story on Facebook and I have had loads of comments from people who just can't believe it.
'But it's been a good week and a bad week. We love him and he recognises me and knows me but he's been a feral cat for a very long time.
'He has arthritis, liver problems and he's developed feline AIDS - we didn't neuter him before he ran away because he was a stray cat when we found him and we didn't want to damage someone else's cat.
'We have spent about £450 on vet bills so far.'
RSPCA workers found Bigga on March 25 in the same area he disappeared in.
Mrs Fothergill, 40, a singer in the band Northsyde, said she was amazed that Bigga had been brought home.
She said: 'It's almost like he never went. He follows me everywhere, when I go to the loo, when I walk into the kitchen, he follows me everywhere I go.'
But Mrs Fothergill said that free spirit Bigga had been struggling to cope with being cooped up inside a house again.
She said: 'He's scratching the house down just trying to get out.
"He's already had a fight with my other cats, there was fur flying everywhere so we have to segregate them, one upstairs, one downstairs.'
And though she has found him once again, she does not think he will hang around long because he has been feral for such a long time.
'We are really happy to have him back but I know when we do let him out in a week or so we will probably never see him again,' she said.
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