Forbes had gone missing in Aberdeen in 2011, leaving Neil and Lucy Henderson “distraught”.
The Scottish SPCA was called in after a thin cat was spotted in Aberdeen, and a microchip scan led to the owners. He was found less than two miles from where he went missing.
Now living in Edinburgh, the owners are delighted to have 12-year-old Forbes back in their lives.
They had searched for their pet for months after he went missing.
Mr Henderson said: “When Forbes first went missing in March 2011, we were distraught. We’d had him from when he was a kitten and we had such a special bond. He was such a unique and friendly character, we absolutely adored him.
“Our friend made posters and we went door-to-door in the area we lived in Rosemount. We asked people to check garages and sheds as we thought he may have just been locked inside.
“After eight or nine months, we very sadly had to come to the realisation that the worst may have happened.”
He said he was “overcome with emotion” when he learned that Forbes had been found.