In a story that would make for a thrilling Disney film, a 12-year-old tabby cat has been found in Cardiff after going missing from Stoke-on-Trent way back in 2009.

As Wales Online reports, the feline was found by Lawrence Gwynn, who noticed the moggy on his doorstep in the Welsh capital last summer.

Being a self-confessed cat lover, Lawrence decided to take the little fella - who he has since named Bobby - into his house, and he's been caring for the cat ever since.

But it was only when he noticed that Bobby had started to develop lumps on his ears that Lawrence took the feline to the vets to be checked out - and that's where he made his startling discovery.

The vet found that the cat had been implanted with a microchip, which enabled them to trace Bobby's original owners - and it turns out that they live 150 miles away in Stoke-on-Trent.

In fact, the tabby had been reported missing all the way back in 2009, so there is no telling just what he got up to in the three year gap between leaving home and turning up in Cardiff.

"Nobody knows how he ended up in Cardiff, 150 miles away. One theory is that he got inside a vehicle like a removal van that brought him down here. You do hear about that sort of thing happening," Lawrence said.

"But he was in quite a good condition when I found him, so it seems like someone had been looking after him in Cardiff before I found him."

While it seems that Bobby was getting plenty of cat food to keep him going on his travels, Lawrence is still eager to return the moggy to his rightful owners, although so far his efforts have been unsuccessful.

Whatever happens to the feline, it's safe to say that he's probably one of the best travelled cats in the UK.

Written by: Hannah