how far can cats travel back to thier original home?

by Alice

My father is moving to spain and has a six year old cat, me and my partner brought the cat to live with us but we accidently left the back door open one evening and she went out. She had only been with us for two days so i'm guessing she has gone back to her original home but this is twenty five miles away, can cat's travel this far?

Answer by Kate
it is possible for a cat to travel this far if they decide to. However he may just be surveying his new area. My sisters cat went missing for none days after only being in the new home for two days, but he still managed to find his way back.

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by: Linda

My cat recently escaped from the vet whilst having blood taken. I am distraught, he is a very timid cat and not sociable.
The vet is a few miles away so I hope that he will be able to find his way home. I feel a bit more encouraged re his return home after reading some of your comments.

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by: Anonymous

my cat has been missing - escaped from car on busy street - for two days now - 5 miles from home over some pretty rough territory. So it was comforting for me to be able to see that some cats do make it back. Still hoping.

Lost cat
by: Anonymous

We took our cat to get spayed and it escaped from the vet. That is about 18 miles away. We have been searching the area for 3 days now. She is a long way from home and there are hills, valleys and rivers to cross. Can someone let me know if they think she would make it home? We are desperate.

Homeward Bound
by: Anonymous

About a week ago my boyfriend took my cats to the humane society, one made it fine and the other escaped as soon as he opened the box. I heard something on my back porch this morning and to my surprise there was my cat, Lola. It took her about a week but she made it home fine. She walked a little over two miles and across two busy busy streets. This hasnt been the first time I have had an animal make it home. My dog Brutus made it home one day as well. I had taken him to my mother-in-law's house, which is about a mile away from our house. I returned home and proceeded to take a shower. While I was drying myself off I thought I heard some whining. I opened the bathroom door and sitting in front of it was Brutus. We had only walked him to her house once but I guess that was enough to make it back home. So I believe that any animal will and can make it home if they are determined enough.

I hope my cat comes home!
by: Tina

Well I was away for the weekend, and took my cat to stay with my Aunt , about 6 miles away. When I went to pick him up on Sunday evening, he ran out the door! we chased him around the streets for about 45 minuts, but he wouldn't be caught, so we went in for the night. I though he would just come back after a fer hours! But then the nex morning, he still had not showed up! We searches all round the streets, but he was no where to be found! It's been 3 days now! I've phoned vets, cat rescue centres, even the local police! no news! I'm so upset! Iv'e had him since he was a kitten, for 9 years, and I love him so much! I can't believe he's just gone! every time I come home, I'm hoping he'll be sitting on the doorstep!

by: Anonymous

Cats have a built in GPS system. When a cat moves to a new home, it takes about 10 days for the internal GPS to reset the new home "way point", and until then if they get out they will attempt to return to the old home. It is best, if possible, to keep the new cat confined for about 10 days after a move.

by: babs m notts

my sister moved house n obviusly took her was a male and went missing the second day they let him out...6 days later he turned up at the door step which is 9 miles way from her new house..he went staright to his old spot and fell asleep after snifing his smell (thats how they secure theri teirtory...i was shocked n also amazed at the fact he found its way home.. 9miles away u know...he doesnt stay in much now tho...GOD HAS DEFINATLY FITTED EM A BUILT IN SAT NAV...HAHA

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