Sara Estrada thought she would never see her beloved cat, Stitch, ever again after he went missing a year ago.
Stitch was lost during in Ms Estrada’s move to Gregory Hills last year.
The cat was staying at their old house in Lurnea when he mysteriously disappeared.
“When we started to pack and move things, I think he got scared and escaped,” she said.
“We were heartbroken, we drove around looking for him, my son made a few calls and we were told it was unlikely we would ever find him.
“We thought we would never see him again.”
The 13-year-old feline was found in Smeaton Grange on Monday ‘smelling a lot like motor oil’.
Ms Estrada said she was shocked when she heard where he had been found.
“He went missing from Lurnea – I think he was trying to find me,” she said.
“He was right next door to us the whole time.”
The beloved cat was found by a local resident and taken to Uni Vets Camden in Brownlow Hill.
Uni Vets Camden veterinarian Chloe Ye said it was rare to see a cat reunited with their owner after so long.
“It really highlights how important it is to have your pet micro-chipped,” she said.
“If your details are up-to-date you could be reunited with your pet even a year or more later.
“We haven’t seen animals reunited with their owners after being missing for so long, usually it’s only a couple of days.”
Camden Council is offering free micro-chipping for dogs and cats until the end of November.