AFTER eight months and a 250-mile journey, a lucky cat has been reunited with its owner just in time for Christmas.
Banjo the cat, a female ginger and white Ragdoll Maine Coon cross, accidentally travelled 250 miles from its home in Pulborough to Ceredigion in west Wales.
The two-year-old cat was returned to owner Paul Martin on Thursday, thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and a good samaritan.
It is believed the cat had climbed into a mobile caravan unbeknown to the vehicle’s owners in April or May, and had then found its way out once the owners arrived home in Wales.
The RSPCA said the cat became stray, and was not traced to an owner as it had no microchip or collar.
A woman living in Sarnau, near Llandysul, took Banjo in a few weeks ago and advertised it as a missing cat around her neighbourhood and on the internet.
Paul, of The Green, Pulborough, eventually found Banjo after numerous internet searches.
He phoned the RSPCA, asking for help in reuniting him with Banjo.
A spokeswoman for the charity said: “Although not a service normally provided by the RSPCA, because of the owner’s personal circumstances and his obvious worry and attempts to locate his cat, RSPCA animal collection officer Lyn Davis was able to make the 500-mile round trip the very next day to return Banjo to Mr Martin.”
Paul said: “I am delighted – I had completely given up hope of finding her again. Banjo was all over me on her return and has now settled down in her old chair she always used, as though nothing had happened.
“I am extremely grateful to the RSPCA, and Banjo and I wish the good samaritan in Ceredigion and the RSPCA a very merry Christmas.”
Paul now intends to arrange an auction to raise money for the RSPCA.