My condolences, Kibs.
I concur with Saniss's sentiments in his last paragraph.
I've always had a cat in my life - from birth pretty much. I moved house a few years ago; my cat of 6 years (at that time) settled into the new place well. He was always the friendly-curious wanderer though. At my new place; I used to get phone calls off of neighbours reading his identity tag - saying that he has let himself in their house and made himself at home. He was the friendliest of friendly cats. He used to wander but always come home at night and, usually I'd wake up because he was suffocating me - pretending to be a feline scarf sprawled out across my neck. He didn't come home one night. Two months passed and after me going spare and posting everywhere online and checking his old haunts... I got a phone call from a lady saying 'I think I have your cat'. I dropped everything and went to see if it was him. It was. He was 5 miles away. I'm guessing he got turned around. I bought her flowers. What a saint.
I kept him in for a few months after that, which he did not like, being an outdoor cat and all, then I started letting him back out again. Everything was fine for a few months after that, until... again. No show cat. Another round of posting everywhere and going potty looking for him - there were a few sightings of him in the complete opposite direction to the last... the trail went cold. I still don't know what happened or where he buggered off to. I know the little bugger is living it up in someone elses' house. Most probably pretending to be a scarf with a new family - such is his friendly nature.
It took me about a year to resign to myself that my little blighter was gone - 10 months ago I thought it was time to get another kitty. Enter, Clawra.
She is super playful and I love her to bits. Even, with her quirks of wanting my attention evertime I sit at my computer desk - knocking off monitors and walking infront of my camera whislt live streaming to name a but a few. The maddam just wants to be apart of the action and I can't be mad at her for that.
I treasure everyday with her.