A FIVE-year-old St John s Primary School pupil was delighted when her missing cat walked into her geography lesson two weeks after disappearing. Brooke Jeffries had been left devastated when her eight-month-old cat Slater vanished from her home in Kings R

Brooke cuddles Slater at school

A FIVE-year-old St John's Primary School pupil was delighted when her missing cat walked into her geography lesson two weeks after disappearing.

Brooke Jeffries had been left devastated when her eight-month-old cat Slater vanished from her home in Kings Ripton Court, Robertson Way, Huntingdon.

Brooke's mum, Debbie Watling, said: "Brooke was so upset when Slater didn't come home. Slater normally goes out exploring in the day but usually comes back every night.

"When he didn't return, the whole family was upset, even me and I'm not a cat person. Brooke was so worried about his safety that she put a lantern outside in the garden every night to help him find his way home. We had all given up hope and never expected to see him again."

The family walked the streets looking for Slater and even visited Wood Green Animal Shelter to see if someone had found him and handed him in.

"This is the first pet Brooke has had and she had been begging for one for ages so she was devastated when he went missing. He was a special Christmas surprise from Santa to her and all the family had grown quite fond of him."

But Slater didn't find his way back home instead he turned up one mile awayat the door of Brooke's geography lesson last Wednesday morning.

Helen Curtis, deputy headteacher at St John's Primary School, in Sallobush Road, said: "Brooke was so excited when she saw Slater at the classroom door she just jumped up and shouted that's my cat. He must have smelt her or something, as we were all amazed when he just walked into the classroom.

"We are, however, pleased to welcome Slater as a pupil at our school but it is obvious that he is good at finding his way around, so he won't need to attend anymore geography lessons."

Despite Brooke not letting Slater out of her sight for the time being, the family have purchased a tag for him so that if he does go missing again he can be returned to them.

Miss Watling added: "Brooke hasn't stopped grinning since Slater returned to her and she won't even let him go outside yet. We have had to get him a tag as I couldn't go through all this again.

"I've got a feeling he might venture out again though, as he is extremely adventurous and mischievous. I remember once he had to be rescued from scaffolding after he got himself stuck. That cat certainty has nine lives and God knows what he will get up to next."

Brooke told The Hunts Post: "I'm so happy Slater came back to me as I really missed him.