A cheeky cat has been found eight months and 250 miles away after he vanished from his family home.
Sophie McInnes and her parents, Carol and Jamie, had all but given up hope after their cat, Master Sox, didn’t show up for dinner one night in January at their home in Adelaide, Australia.
The family doorknocked, put up posters and monitored social media in a desperate bid to find him.
“All of a sudden, we couldn’t find him,” Ms McInnes told News.com.au.
“He’s the friendliest cat, comes in, says hello, meow meow.
“We thought it was strange because he would always come to you.”
And just as they were about to give up hope, the family got a phone call from a vet saying they had found the beloved furry pet.
They used his microchip to track down his owners and wanted to reunite them.
The only problem was, he was 250 miles away in a different state.
The playful pet was caught in a trap by a vet this week after he was spotted wandering around a garden.
Ms McInnes said: “Eight months later, we get a call and he’s in a different state.
“My mum rang me, she was in tears, and I could heard my dad crying in the background.
“She said: ‘They’ve got Sox.’
“I said: ‘What do you mean? Who? Mildura vet?’
“It was crazy. Now it’s getting him back.”
The family believe Sox must have been stolen by a criminal gang.
Ms McInnes added: “There is no way that a cat could’ve walked that far unless he’s a little Superman cat.
“He had to have been taken and dumped because the condition he was found in, he wasn’t looked after.
“He was skinny, he has an abscess on his right paw, he was really frightened and very alert.”
Despite knowing where the beloved feline is, the family still face challenges to get him back.
There is a travel bufferer zone between communities in Victoria and South Australia following the pandemic.
Travellers from Victoria, other than approved categories of essential travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia.
“We can’t get him back,” Ms McInnes said.
“People aren’t even able to get to see their dying relatives across the border, or go to funerals, how are we supposed to get a little cat back?”
The family are considering a courier, and are in contact with local authorities to retrieve their furry friend.