There are no shortage of remarkable tales of lost pets travelling, often great distances, to return to their owner’s homes. In the case of a cat named Cleo in the United Kingdom, however, she didn’t just go back home; she was able to find her previous owner’s new home – any nobody has any idea how she did it.
The story begins a few months ago, when Nancy Cowen was placed under the care of staff at the Bramley House nursing facility in Westcott, England. As the facility did not accept pets, Mrs Cowen had to farewell her Cleo, a stray cat who she had adopted 8 years earlier.
According to a local newspaper, Cowen’s family had given the feline to one of her neighbors to take care of. However, as it turns out, Cleo had no intention of leaving Mrs Cowen behind.
Staff at the home explained that about two weeks after Cowen moved in, they began receiving visits from a friendly feline who lingered and slept out front, spending her days wandering the grounds peering through windows of the home. Naturally, they had presumed the cat was just a stray, but a sweet one at that.
“She’d been sort of hanging around, and the care staff started feeding her, obviously, because she’s so cute,” says caregiver Leslie Thomas.
A few weeks later, Nancy met the cat and remarked to staff that she had a striking resemblance to the pet she’d been forced to leave behind.
“One day Nancy said ‘Oh, she looks just like my cat, Cleo. But my Cleo had lost most of her tail.’ So we checked, and the cat was missing most of her tail,” says Thomas. “That’s when we realized that it was Cleo.”
A trip to a local vet to check for Cleo’s microchip confirmed the amazing discovery. Staff at the home were stunned at this turn of events. “I think it is just amazing that Cleo found Nancy. Obviously, Cleo knew Nancy was here, but nobody knew that it was her cat. Very strange. I don’t know how Cleo found her. It still baffles me. It’s really, really weird,” said caregiver Laura Costello.
“There’s no way she could have followed her, since it’s quite a ways from where Nancy used to live before she came here.”
There’s still no clear explanation for how Cleo, the incredibly faithful cat, managed to find her owner — but care staff say they have no plans on ending the happy reunion. Cleo has been invited to stay with Cowen full time; in fact, she’s hardly left her owner’s side since.
“We were all absolutely delighted. We all thought it was wonderful,” says Thomas. “There are a lot of bad stories in the world, but this is a nice one.”