2000 Mile Cat

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 9:10am

Florida kitty reunited with family after mysterious 2,000 mile journey to Colorado.

A Goodland, Florida man is happy to have his cat back after it was found more than 2,000-miles from home.

Waylon the cat is back at home with his Daniel Johns after he disappeared six months ago.

"Seemed like he settled right in, got up this morning and he still seemed like he settled right in. It's kind of nice," Johns said.

Johns adopted Waylon last June from Collier County Domestic Animal Services.

The cat escaped an hour after his adoption by chewing through a dryer vent at Johns' Goodland home.

Six months later, he was found in Littleton, Colorado.

"I was just like, ‘Oh my God that's awesome!' It's been a long time," he said.

An animal shelter in a nearby city there linked Waylon to Johns by a microchip.

Johns went to Colorado to get Waylon and brought him back.

But the mystery remains - just how did Waylon get to Colorado?

Veterinarian Randy Eisel says it's unlikely any cat will travel 2,000-miles on their own four legs, especially since they usually stay in one area.

"Somebody thought they wanted him to be their cat and they took him and ended up driving him out to Colorado and he escaped from them as well," Eisel said.

Johns thought the same.

Now he has cat-proofed his house hoping Waylon will stick around.

"He's got his own room all to himself. He can't get out the window. The dryer vents made of metal now. He can't cut a hole in it so hopefully he will really like it there. I do," Johns said.

Dr. Eisel also says these kinds of stories pop up often, and it proves the effectiveness of the microchip and how beneficial they can be for pets and their owners.

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