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Maybe they should change Alfie’s name to Lazarus.

Last June in Milnrow, Greater Manchester in the UK, the Petrillo family buried what they believed to be their orange tabby, Alfie, after finding his body beside the road near their home. He’d been hit by a car.

Soon thereafter, the family moved to another neighborhood, along with their other orange tabby, Freddie.

Fast forward nine months. Angelo Petrillo gets a call from his former neighbor. He said an orange tabby had been trying to break into their former home. Since he could see Freddie asleep in their home, they simply thought it was an understandable mix-up.

But when the neighbor said that the cat had been climbing on the conservatory, trying to get in through the bedroom window, the Petrillos looked at each other quizzically. Wife Katy asked, “Are you totally sure it was Alfie that you buried?”, and Angelo replied, “Yes, 100 per cent.”

The next day, however, the neighbor contacted the Petrillos again, saying that the cat had remained outside all night, meowing pitifully.

At that point, Katy drove to their old home about a mile away. She immediately identified the cat as the “formerly dead” Alfie. He’d gained some weight, suggesting he’d been well-cared for, but it was definitely Alfie.

Angelo said, “It was just unbelievable – the cat I had buried nine months earlier, the cat we spent about a month grieving over, was back, and my wife just couldn’t believe what she was seeing.”

Angelo was the one who examined the body of the dead cat, and had been certain it was Alfie. But the entire family is overjoyed that he was wrong.

Except for Freddie. He kinda got used to being the “only child,” and is going to have to get used to having Alfie around again. Or maybe he’s just scared of ghosts.

[SOURCE: The Daily Mail; PHOTOS: MEN Syndication]