Missing cat travels 2600+ miles, reunites with owner 4 years later

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s a reunion no one saw coming.

A cat named Boo Boo went missing four years ago in Watsonville, California. A couple weeks ago she turned up just south of Guelph, Ontario, more than 2,600 miles away.

“I’m so relieved I’m so happy and amazed and shocked,” said Olga Chmelicek of Watsonville, California.

That’s the same reaction folks had over at the Guelph Humane Society in Ontario, where Boo Boo was brought in as a stray.

“After contacting one of the companies to trace the microchip, it was determined that it traced all the way back to California,” said Bailey Wintermute, Guelph Humane Society Animal Protection Officer.

“Shocked, we’re like, ‘What?’ Cause they called me on my phone and they were like, ‘Yeah, we’re looking for the registered owner, Olga, the original owner of Boo Boo’. I’m like what? It was also five o’clock in the morning my time when I got that call,” said Chmelicek.

No one knows exactly how Boo Boo got to Canada, but her owner thinks she has a hunch.

“I think somebody took her. She’s also a very friendly cat and she used to love to get into people’s cars,” said Chmelicek.

“She’s in good shape so she must’ve been looked after by somebody, at least for a portion of the time,” added Wintermute.

Healthy, happy, and a bit thirsty. And funny thing is, the international feline traveler has seen more of North America than her actual owner!

Boo boo is registered to Chmelicek, but her daughter Ashley is actually the original owner.

She was home bound to California by 5 p.m., flying out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.