This is Vanya, who ran away from home three weeks ago. We tried and tried to find her, but eventually gave up hope that we'd ever see her again. And then, this morning, she came home.
Vanya is seven years old, and for the last few months she's been living with my parents while my wife and I try to sell our house. When she escaped at the beginning of November, we had high hopes that she would soon come back home or someone would find her and call the number on her tag. But then the weather turned cold and wet and no one called and we began to realize that this situation didn't look too promising for an older cat who is used to cozy nights indoors.
And then, today, she came back! She had lost two pounds (that's 22% of her body weight) and offered no explanation for her absence, but she looked remarkably healthy. We still don't know where she was for the last 21 days or how she survived, but it turns out that she's a lot tougher than we thought she was.
Good work, Vanya.