Cupid the ginger cat disappeared without a trace on December 27 last year, leaving his owner, India Redman, distraught.
But three weeks later, the two-year-old pet was found just two doors down from where India had bought him as a kitten in 2019, and 24 miles away from home.
India reckons Cupid had made the journey in pursuit of treats, as the homeowner of the garden where he prowled often used to give him snacks.
‘It’s such a heart warming and crazy story at the same time,’ she said.
‘It was really nice because Cupid was actually born there and the lady who found him used to feed him treats in her garden when he snuck out of the house as a baby. She didn’t realise it was him at first.’
On 27 December 2020, Cupid had been out around his usual areas, but when he didn’t show up for his dinner, India became worried.
She and her family began putting up missing posters around the neighbourhood and online, with dad Colin, 61, driving around to see if Cupid was a little further away.
India said: ‘Someone actually saw him while she was sitting outside of her house, three days after he went missing.
‘We contacted her straight away, but by this point he had already gone.’
The desperate search for Cupid finally came to an end when the owner of the garden in Wiltshire tracked India down on social media.
‘A lady messaged a picture of a ginger cat she had seen near her home, asking us to call her if it might be Cupid,’ India said.
“I jumped out of bed and phoned her straight away because I was so excited.
‘We had a chat and it was definitely Cupid that she had found.
‘I was shocked when she told me she was in Odstock in Wiltshire. He must have gone across rivers and fields to get over there in stealth mode.’
Cupid was reunited with a relieved India, who is still left in disbelief at her cat’s long-haul adventure to his hometown.
She added: ‘He was found two doors down from the house where I’d bought him from.
‘I have a feeling he might have gone there to find the original owners but they had moved, so he went somewhere else that was familiar.
‘I like to think that he must have remembered his birthplace and gone back to his roots for a little trip.
‘Everyone loves him so much in our house and he gets attention non-stop so I reckon that he couldn’t find his way back home here because he got too far away, so then he went somewhere else that was familiar to him.
‘We’re so glad that he’s back home and safe after his 24 mile journey back to his roots.
‘We’ve just had him chipped and neutered so he’s on house arrest at the moment, but I’m sure he will be back out soon ready to go on some more adventures.’
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