A cat traveled more than 280 miles to its old home before being reunited with her relocated owners and taken back to her new home—a whopping 13 months later.
Laëtitia De Amicis moved with her family and their three cats because of work reasons a year ago, leaving the Orne region of France.
The family took great care at their new location in Normandy, to keep Felys, Crapaud, and Cocci, inside the house, because they were worried they’d get lost in different surroundings.
But Cocci went missing in August 2021. The worried family with two teenage children had searched for Cocci for three months, with no luck.
To stop her kids from worrying, Laëtitia told them she thought Cocci had probably gone home to look for them back in Ambly—yet, not believing for a second it could be true.
Sure enough, a stranger found a stray cat more than 450 kilometers away, just five miles from their previous family home.
On October 2, Laëtitia saw a post shared on Facebook about a cat found in Souilly, and the stay-at-home mom recognized her straight away—although she “looked completely different.”
The adventurous feline was sent to the local veterinarian, who confirmed the missing animal was 10 years-old and had been spayed, just like Cocci.
Photos were exchanged and Laëtitia asked her father to go identify her. He was reluctant because he couldn’t believe it was possible that a cat had actually traveled across the country, but eventually agreed.
“When he called me that day, I saw my dad cuddling my cat on the video call,” said Laëtitia.
He tried to call the cat by different names and she only responded to Cocci.
“I was with my daughter. She looked and recognized her and burst into tears.”
“My son was very skeptical until we went to pick her up. But as soon as we got there, she recognized us straight away.”
Cocci stayed with the vet for three weeks before the family was allowed to take her home. She weighed less than one kilogram (2.2 lbs), had fleas and worms, and an infection in her face.
“Since we brought her home, all is going well,” said Cocci’s mom. “She adapted again really well and is very cuddly.”
“It’s unbelievable. I still can’t believe it.”