A family cat walked 190 miles home after getting lost in Florida, and her family is shocked to have her home. The Richters were at the Daytona International Speedway in November when Holly got spooked by fireworks and bolted out of the family's motor home. The family was unable to find her, despite trying desperately, but ABC News shared the details of this amazing journey on Jan. 13.
A neighbor of the Richters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. was shocked to see Holly the cat when she appeared in her yard. It took 62 days, but the beloved cat walked 190 miles home and apparently was barely able to move by the time she got back to her home neighborhood. This story had a happy ending because Holly was microchipped, which the neighbor discovered when she took Holly in to a vet. The veterinarian was then able to reunite the cat with her family.
The Richters were shocked to get the phone call that their cat had walked 190 miles home, but they are thrilled. Holly is usually an inside cat, and of course making this long trek back on her own is not something that many cats could manage. Though she was quite skinny when she got home, she seems to be healthy overall and the Richters plan to get her fattened back up again.
WPBF notes that Holly is just 4-years-old. Jacob and Bonnie Richter had a glimmer of hope once during the time she was missing when she seemed to have been spotted outside a Daytona Beach restaurant, but then she disappeared again. When Holly the cat arrived in Palm Beach Gardens her paws were raw and she was too tired to meow, but the neighbor quickly worked on nursing her back to health. Ultimately the cat walked 190 miles home and managed to get within one mile of her home. This is one heartwarming story for pet lovers everywhere.