Every now and then, we get a reminder that our fuzzy pals are cousins of the big cats of Asia and Africa when a little house cat overcomes incredible odds to return home across great distances. We don’t know how they do it, so we’ll just tell you their stories instead.
11. Giggle-Blizzard Gets Back
A true story of feline toughness and perseverance, Giggle Blizzard was injured in a car accident and managed to survive the 11 day crawl back home. After arriving on the front porch, his owner rushed him to the vet where his legs were quickly set and put in casts. After just a week of recovery, Giggle Blizzard was back on his feet!
10. Madonna Makes a Move
A seven-year-old tabby named Madonna moved from Kitchener, Ontario, with her owner, Nina, in order to start a new branch of the family massage parlor business. Their new home base was Windsor, but within weeks, Madonna was nowhere to be found. She eventually showed up at the original massage parlor, where Nina’s sister was the new proprietor. Total walking distance? About 150 miles.
9. Murka’s Grand Adventure
(source: Bangor Times)
Murka was a cat in Moscow who got caught red-handed. The crime? Eating two pet canaries. The sentence? Exile, to her owner’s mother’s house 400 miles away in Voronezh.
Murka disputed the sentence, and found her way back to Moscow. The journey took her a year and its fair share ups and downs. She lost a bit of her tail, injured her ear, and lost a lot of weight, but found romance and returned home pregnant. That’s a tough kitty!
8. Cookie Journeys Across France
While on vacation in the south of France, Dan Bouchery lost track of her cat named Cookie. She tried everything to find him, including newspaper ads and lost posters, but nothing worked. Devastated, she assumed that he been killed or stolen and returned home to the North of France.
Amazingly, a year and a half later she got a call from a local veterinarian who had found a dirty and emaciated cat, whose microchip identified him as none other than Cookie! Over the past 18 months, Cookie had made the 700 mile journey across France using nothing but his feline wiles and smarts.
Jacob and Bonnie Richter took their 4-year-old Tortoiseshell cat, Holly, on vacation with them to Daytona, Florida. During a fireworks show, Holly got scared and ran away. After days of searching, the Richter’s couldn’t find her and sadly had to return home, assuming that Holly had been lost.
That’s why they couldn’t believe it when their neighbor called them to say that Holly had wandered into their yard in West Palm Beach, almost 200 miles away. She was sick and emaciated after the long journey, but recuperated quickly and has been living happily ever since.
6. Misele the Farm Cat Goes to The Hospital
When 82-year-old Alfonse Mondry was hospitalized hospital in France, his cat Misele missed him so much that she took off and walked across cattle fields, rock quarries, forests, and busy highways. She entered the hospital and, despite never being there before, was able to find her owner’s room. The nurses called the doctor right away when they found Mondry resting comfortably with his cat purring on his lap. What a caring kitty!
5. Horace Heads Home
Horace the Cat, an orange tabby from the U.K., was lost a few miles from her home. Just when his owner had all but given up hope of seeing Horace again, Horace limped through the door 18 days after first being lost. His owner discovered that Horace had broken both legs, most likely from being hit by a car, and managed to drag himself home.
He had two operations on his legs to get him back on his feet and was soon reunited with his family.
4. Ninja the Kitty Lives Up to His Name
Brent Todd and his family left Farmington and took their cat, Ninja, along with them. Ninja decided he wasn’t a fan of the new digs and figured he might as well make the 850 mile walk back to the old house. The old owners weren’t home, of course, so their old neighbours decided to take care of Ninja. He was a little worse for wear after the trip, but is now well fed and still free to roam around his original home.
3. Emily the Globetrotter
(Source: Darren Hauck, AP)
Emily took an unexpected vacation when she wandered into a container of paper bales bound for Belgium. She started in Milwaukee and travelled by truck to Chicago, then took the long boat ride across the Altantic to Belgium. Somehow she made it from there to France, where some concerned workers found her name tags and contacted her owners back in Milwaukee.
Continental spotted a great PR opportunity and flew Emily back in the lap of luxury on an overseas business class flight. After she landed, Emily was reunited with her grateful owners, who suspect she was just looking to find a decent bowl of Ratatouille.
2. Howie Goes on Walkabout
The Hicks family wanted their cat to be lovingly cared for while they went on an extended vacation overseas. So, they took him to stay with relatives who lived more than 1,000 miles away. Months later, when they returned to retrieve Howie, they were told that he had run away. The Hicks were distraught, assuming that because Howie was an indoor cat, he wouldn’t have the survival skills to make it on his own.
A year later, their daughter returned home from school one day and saw a mangy, unkempt, and starving cat. Yep, it was Howie. It had taken him 12 months to cross 1,000 miles of Australian outback, but Howie had come home.
1. Jack and Jessie’s Brotherly Love
Jack and Jessie are brother tabby cats that lived together in the Southern Australian town of Ungarra. Two months before the family moved to Northern Australia, Jack went missing, and the family brought Jessie to their new home almost 3000 km away.
Shortly after the move, Jessie also went missing from their new home. After being heartbroken from losing both their cats, they were heartened when Jack returned to their old home in South Australia. They decided to let Jack stay in South Australia instead of move him back in with them.
Amazingly, the story doesn’t end there.
Fifteen months after Jessie was last seen at her new home in the Northern Territory, she surprised Jack by showing up in the Southern Australian home! Jessie had travelled 3000 km to be reunited with her brother.