Runaway cat discovered 134 miles from home

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A CAT that went missing from Leeds in May has been reunited with her owner after being found in Mildenhall.

Kitz, a ginger cat, had been visiting cat-lover Mabel King in Mildenhall to be fed for some weeks before a joint effort between Mabel and the Cats Protection League led to her being caught and taken to the vets for a check-up.

Mabel recalls that Kitz looked very well cared for and when taken to the Aquarius Veterinary Centre in Mildenhall her microchip revealed that she belonged to Jason Williams, a dancer from Leeds.

On Sunday, August 12, after 14 weeks on the run, Kitz was reunited with Jason by Alison Lardner, a volunteer at the Breckland Branch of the Cats Protection League.

Alison said: “She definitely knew him. She was timid but she had had to fend for herself. He was thrilled – he had never given up hope.

“It’s lovely when it works that way and the cat does not have to go on the books for a new home. It just shows how important microchipping is.

“It’s quite rare for this to happen because people do not microchip their cats because it costs money.”

How Kitz managed to make the 134-mile from Leeds to Mildenhall remains a mystery but it is thought she may have stowed herself away in a vehicle for the journey.

Picture by Judith Wakelam