CATS may be said to have nine lives but a family were still shocked when their moggy turned up in their shed — two days after they held a funeral for him.
The Robinsons had not seen pet Willow for more than a week when they found the remains of a dead cat on a busy road outside their house.
Assuming that the corpse was that of their cat, the distraught family buried the remains and held a memorial service.
Sons Josh, seven, and Buddy, four, were so upset they had to have a day off school.
But then their dad Jonny discovered Willow in the coal shed.
‘We obviously have someone else’s cat buried in our garden,’ said Jonny’s wife Caterina. ‘We can at least say they had a nice burial.’
Willow vanished on February 26, just as the beast from the east and Storm Emma were battering Britain.
The family looked everywhere and stuck up posters all over their neighbourhood in Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire.
The body they found on a busy road was too badly squashed for their vet to check it for 18-month-old Willow’s microchip. But the vet said it was probably a cat — and the fur had the same pattern as the missing moggy.
Mr Robinson, 32 — who runs a healthcare firm with his wife, 35 — was devastated and shed tears.
‘After we buried him my husband said “I need you to keep hoping it wasn’t the cat”,’ Mrs Robinson said. ‘I thought I’ll just play along with it just to cheer him up.’ The family continued to leave out food just in case the oriental tabby came to eat it. On March 10, the bowl was empty.
‘Jonny ran out to the shed and came back holding Willow,’ his wife said.