The story almost seems like it comes out of a Disney movie. The 3-year-old French cat Louise-Charlotte traveled 1,000 kilometers to find her owner, who had since moved to Germany. A journey that took the animal no less than six months.
Last June, the cat’s owner, 74-year-old journalist Hildegard Holtschneider, moved from southwestern France back to her hometown of Düsseldorf. She had planned to take her young kitten Louise-Charlotte with her, but she was nowhere to be seen during the move. With a heavy heart, the woman had to leave without her beloved pet.
Once settled in Germany, Hildegard continued her search. “I desperately searched for her and called all animal protection organizations, shelters and doctors in the area, but no one had seen her,” she told the German newspaper Rheinische Post.
Six months later, Hildegard received a remarkable phone call from a veterinary practice in Braunschweig, Germany, about 300 kilometers from Düsseldorf. A student had discovered the young cat meowing on her doorstep. She took the animal in for a few days before taking him to a vet, who realized the cat was microchipped.
The student offered to take Louise-Charlotte straight to her owner in Düsseldorf: “It was incredible, we met on the station platform, I cried and my little Maltese immediately recognized my cat, they both gave each other kisses” .
Hildegard still has many questions: How could this cat, who has never been to Germany, go in such a direction? How did she survive six months? “I did ask Louise-Charlotte how she did it, but of course she didn’t answer me!” she jokes.
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