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WNC Cat Returns To Owner Miles Away In New Home

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RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. - Jill Roberson thought she was giving her cat Mayhem a better place to live when she had to move into a new home on a busy street.

Last month, Roberson found a couple living on a nearby farm in Rutherford County willing to adopt the 18-month-old feline.

But that is not where this story ends.

“We had been here for about three weeks and I was sitting out on the porch and heard a cat meowing,” says Roberson. “I walked over to the fence and called to him because I couldn’t see anything, and he come bounding under the fence and I have been in shock ever since.”

It was a very skinny and dirty Mayhem.

Roberson immediately got on Facebook and messaged the couple taking care of Mayhem. Roberson says they live about six miles from her new house.

“I said, 'do you think it is possible for him to come that far? And she replied, ‘it has been a few days since he was spotted,’” says Roberson.

What makes this story unusual is not so much how far Mayhem traveled, but that he found Roberson living at her new home, a place she claims Mayhem had never been to before.

“It just confirms that pets have feelings. We loved him, but we didn't realize he loved us that much, that he would track us down."

There have been reports of pets reuniting with their families.

Veterinarian Kimberly Lednum says cats are survivalists -- they have acute vision, a good sense of smell and they can move. Yet, even she can’t explain how Mayhem found Roberson.

“Given this particular situation, absolutely, it defies all logic,” said Lednum who works at Rutherford Veterinary Hospital.

Roberson still can't believe it, and she can’t deny it is Mayhem – thanks to his quirky behaviors she has grown accustomed to seeing everyday for the past two years.

“It is just a miracle to me."

Roberson says Mayhem now prefers to spend most of his time indoors, which is okay by her.

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Emily Pace
Emily is a general assignment reporter covering Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Henderson Counties.
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