Skip to comments.Lost cat makes incredible 190-mile journey home
Posted on 01/08/2013 7:37:06 PM PST by BerryDingle
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. The last time Jacob and Bonnie Richter saw their 4-year-old tortoiseshell cat Holly, she bolted out of their motor home at the Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 4, apparently frightened by fireworks.
For days, the distraught couple searched for Holly, putting up flyers and alerting rescue agencies before despondently heading home to West Palm Beach.
There was a brief glimmer of hope two weeks later when a rescue group spotted the distinctive cat outside of a Daytona Beach restaurant which fed feral cats.
But before the Richters could drive there, Holly had disappeared.
Then she showed up, skin and bones, paws rubbed raw and too exhausted to meow, in Barb Mazzola's Palm Beach Gardens yard.
"She was pitiful. She just stood there, ready to collapse," said Mazzola, who rushed to the store for cat food and began feeding the cat she named Cosette.
In a week, Holly was well enough to walk inside. Mazzola coaxed her into a cat carrier and took her to the vet, where she was scanned for a microchip.
The chip came back to match the Richters, who got a call from the pet tracing agency Saturday.
The couple couldn't believe it. Holly had traveled about 190 miles in 62 days.
Since Holly was an inside cat, they had no idea how she found her way, ending up less than a mile from home.
"It was quite a journey for this little girl," said Jacob Richter, holding his cat to his chest and breaking into tears. "We just can't believe she came home."
Video at link.
Maybe idiots should not bring a cat to a strange environment and then wonder how did we lose the cat.
Thanks for the post - an incredible story, WITH a happy ending!
Thanks for that ping -:)
My aunt and uncle had a cat get ot of the car in Barstow and months later showed up on their porch in Manhattan beach which is about 200 miles.
Yep he is pissed.
She looks like a good candidate for renewal of the “Finicky Cat” food commercials (with male dubbing of course)
Wow...who pissed in yer martini?
That is Grumpy-—not the cat in the post. Grumpy is the newest Internet sensation who is probably the most photographed and famous cat in catdom right now!
Have been trapping feral cats for 15 years,spaying them and getting them adopted.
They dont act like dogs and only a idiot would bring them out to a different place and expect them to come back..
Proud owner of 2 Huskies and at 1 time 6 cats.
Cats are unpredictable,they like to stay on their little area.
Try putting a leash on a cat and see what happens?
I put a leash on my cat, and then we went for a tour of the area. He seems to tolerate it well enough.
“Try putting a leash on a cat and see what happens?”
One of two things.
Kitty carriers may be a bit cruel, but how cruel is that to the little thing panicking and getting lost far from home? Put the kitty in there before you get out to put in gas or take a leak. Use your brain!
Kitties do not respond to "here kitty" when far from their home.
That guy in the second video is responsible for that cat acting like that - the cat clearly just wanted to walk away, then freaked out and panicked when it got choked not knowing what in the world was happening - the guy should have immediately let go of the leash but instead just exacerbated the cat’s panic attack by continuing to choke the cat and jerk its head.
I did that and tried to take mine for a walk once. All I succeeded in doing was dragging her across the garage floor on her side...........