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Home sweet home . . . Seven-year-old Velvet, the cat, has returned to his Waimate home six months after going missing. Among those pleased to see him back are Scarlett Stott (19, left) and her mum Rachael Stott. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Velvet’s purr suggests he is pleased to be home.

The beloved black and white feline disappeared from his Waimate home six months ago, shortly after his family shifted there from Timaru.

They had high hopes of finding him one day, a mission they were even more determined to achieve after another of the family’s cats died at New Year, owner Rachael Stott said.

Mrs Stott sought any information on Velvet’s possible whereabouts via social media earlier this month.

That attracted a long list of suspected sightings and suggestions of possible locations where he could have been hiding.

Within a few days Mrs Stott had some new leads.

Some were dead ends but one was not.

“I had to drag him out from under a house,” she said, of his eventual rescue on January 13.

“There were a few tears when I found him.

“I just knew I was always going to get him back,” she said.

Velvet, originally welcomed into the Stott family as a rescue kitten, was now quite content, keeping within the confines of his home, surrounded by those who love him.

Mrs Stott allowed him outside for the first time last Friday, while attached to a harness.

By the weekend he was given the all-clear to venture on his own.

Mrs Stott’s daughter, Scarlett, said he was now just as friendly as ever.

“Sometimes when you pick him up he just sits on your shoulder and just purrs.”