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B.C. family's cat comes back after mysterious 100 km journey

Megan and her son Dale reunited with Miri.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ BC SPCA

Against all odds a family in Victoria found their cat over 100 kilometres away in Nanaimo after months of searching.

The young blue and cream tortoiseshell went missing from her family’s home in Victoria and was later found in Nanaimo, according to B.C. SPCA media release issued today, July 5.

The family thought their pet was gone forever, but a good Samaritan and a microchip eventually brought the cat, called Miri, back.

“Miri would always come back in when we called her,” the cat's owner Megan said in the release. “The day she went missing, we called her name over and over again, tried treats and searched... but she was nowhere to be found.”

When they realized Miri was missing, the family put up posters around the neighbourhood and kept hoping she would return.

“After we hadn’t heard anything for a couple of months, I remember thinking about putting away her food, but I thought no, not just yet and then I got a phone call from the Nanaimo SPCA,” Megan said.

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A good Samaritan had brought Miri to a veterinarian due to an injury the cat obtained after getting her collar caught around her head and front leg, causing a wound, the society said.

After the wound had been treated she was sent to the Nanaimo SPCA, where staff scanned the cat for a chip and got the information to contact her owners. 

Megan immediately called her employer, and told them she needed to take a vacation day to go pick up Miri and headed to Nanaimo the next day with her youngest son, Dean, who was devastated when Miri went missing.

Miri the cat.
Miri the cat.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/BCSPCA

No one knows how the cat got from Victoria to Nanaimo.

“We were a little shocked when we first saw her, because she was so skinny,” said Megan. “As soon as she saw us, she came right over. When we got her home all she wanted to do was snuggle, be on my lap and purr. You could tell she was finally able to relax.”

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The cat didn’t ask to go outside for two months after her return, and her owner said her personality has changed.

“She is definitely a little spicier than she used to be,” she said. “She always loved to play attack, but she would never use her claws or teeth, just grab with soft paws, now she smacks a little harder and will touch you with her teeth. She also purrs more often and louder now.”

Megan said Miri also doesn’t take any guff from Frank their dog. 

“We are so thankful to the good Samaritan who brought Miri to the veterinarian and the fact that we registered Miri,” Megan said. “Without it we would never have been reunited.”


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