Owner Carol Rogers, from West Derby, had put up posters, contacted local vets and offered a 250 pounds reward when her kitten Billy went missing in 2004.
She had almost forgotten who Billy was when a vet called to tell her that a woman had found him after she noticed he had a chip on him.
“I’m thinking ‘Billy, Billy, Billy – who’s Billy?’ I said I haven’t got an animal called Billy. I’ve got three other animals, but they’re not called Billy,” the BBC quoted Rogers as saying.
“So she said ‘No, Billy, Mrs Rogers – who you lost seven years ago’.
“I rang my husband at work – he works until 11 o’clock at night – and I said ‘Billy’s back’. And he said ‘Who’s Billy?’ And I said ‘Billy, the cat’.
“My husband couldn’t quite believe it until he came home and saw him – it was lovely, it was like he’d never been away,” she added.
The woman, who looks after and re-homes stray cats, took Billy into Park Veterinary Surgery in West Derby after she found him. ANI