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Missing cat travels 190 miles back home

An emaciated Holly the cat was found just a mile from her home after two months' lost.

By Vetstreet Jan 14, 2013 3:50PM

When they took their motor home on a road trip to Florida’s Daytona International Speedway in November, Jacob and Bonnie Richter brought their cat, Holly, with them. But while they were there, Holly got spooked by fireworks one night, and escaped.

Photo: ABC News The Richters searched for their pet for days but had no luck. Finally, they made the 190-mile drive south to their West Palm Beach home.

The indoor cat apparently spent the next two months walking home, and was recently found emaciated in a yard just a mile from her owners’ home.

The woman who found Holly took her to a veterinarian and discovered a microchip with her owners’ information, and helped Holly make the final leg of her trip home to the Richters.

“It was quite a journey for this little girl,” Jacob Richter told Florida’s WPBF-TV.  “We just can’t believe she came home.”

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68Comments
Jan 15, 2013 10:57PM
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I asked my 2 male Tabby's who are 9 months old, how they would  find their way back home if they got lost.  Neither one answered.....must be a secret :-) 
Jan 15, 2013 9:38PM
Jan 15, 2013 9:29PM
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It's a well established fact that cats (wild, feral, domestic) are very territorial, and have an internal "GPS" type mechanism to get them back to their home territory over long distances. Once they get very close to their home territory, they have to use their other senses like sight and and smell to pinpoint the exact location of home. If they are indoor cats, the pinpointing can be difficult, hence the cat was found a mile away. And being an indoor cat, it probably was not an efficient food hunter, as that skill needs to be taught by its mother, hence the emaciation. I'm happy for the owners and the kitty.
Jan 15, 2013 9:08PM
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When i hear stories like this, i wanna go out and get 100 of "em"
Jan 15, 2013 9:06PM
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Not a fan of cats.  But, this is an amazing story. This cat is cool.
Jan 15, 2013 8:59PM
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You sweet little angel, how did she know how to get home? AMAZING
Jan 15, 2013 8:55PM
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Did they check the roof of their RV after they lost the cat?? Odds are better that it fell or jumped off the RV a mile from home than it found it's way 200 miles back.
Jan 15, 2013 8:43PM
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God love it, how dang precioius....
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