A French cat has traveled almost 1,000 kilometers in search of her owner. The cat was lost when her owner moved from France to Germany. On its own, the animal managed to travel a considerable distance in the right direction and even crossed the border. By chance, the animal was found in Germany.
74-year-old German Hildegard Holtschneider moved from southwest France to Düsseldorf in June with her dog and cat Lisi. Along the way, the three stayed in a hotel near Versailles, France, but the next morning Lisi had disappeared. “I desperately looked for her and called animal protection, shelters and doctors in the area, but no one had seen her,” Holtschneider told the German newspaper Rheinische Post.
But Holtschneider had to move anyway and continued without Lisi. “That broke my heart, we really had a bond.” In Germany, the woman continued to search for her cat and called animal protection every month.
Just when she had almost given up the search, Holtschneider suddenly received a call from the French animal protection agency a few days ago. Her cat was found in the German town of Braunschweig. Lisi appeared to have traveled almost 1,000 kilometers from Versailles to Braunschweig in recent months. Probably in the search for her owner.
A 27-year-old woman found the cat and took her in for a few days to care for her. When she took the cat to the vet to see if she had a chip, it turned out to be Lisi. The woman contacted the local animal shelter. “The owner was found within a few days and I contacted her immediately,” she told the German newspaper.
Her owner couldn’t believe it at first. “I asked if it was my cat,” says Holtschneider. “We sent pictures back and forth to really confirm that it was my Lisi.”
Lisi’s finder brought her to her owner last week. The two, plus dog, were recently reunited at Düsseldorf station. “After this adventure I will never let her go again,” Holtschneider said.
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