PeteUK, so glad to hear your beautiful kitty came home! We love happy endings. The shelter lady should have been a little nicer, especially when you are obviously in distress. That said, you will find many people here support keeping cats indoors. I no longer have cats (and miss them terribly), but mine were indoor only cats and they had no issue with it. Perhaps after kitties adventure you may want to consider trying it for her benefit! Maybe get her used to wearing a harness for outdoor adventures, or build her a run/pen that she can hang in without running off. Again, I'm so glad for you that Petunia came home! She is gorgeous by the way.