Cat Separated From Owner Tracks Her Down At Nursing Home

Cleo the cat couldn’t bear to be separated from her person, even when that person was taken away.

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Don't try to get between these two.  Via  The Dorking Advertiser/Facebook
Don't try to get between these two. Via The Dorking Advertiser/Facebook

Dogs often get credit for loyalty. But one U.K. cat will make you question which pet is truly the most loyal.

Kitty Cleo tracked down her owner after the woman was put in a nursing home, The Dorking Advertiser reports. When Cleo’s person Nancy Cowen of Wescott, England, was placed under the facility’s care, Cowen’s family gave Cleo to neighbors. Two weeks later, Cleo left to seek out her former family.

“About two weeks after Nancy moved in this cat just started turning up and sleeping on the benches outside the home. It was very strange,” Bramley House employee Laura Costello told the Advertiser.

Cleo was separated from her person but said, "Nuh-uh. I'm gonna go find her." Via The Dorking Advertiser/Facebook

Cleo was separated from her person but said, “Nuh-uh. I’m gonna go find her.” Via The Dorking Advertiser

Costello saw the cat taking up residence for another two weeks. It wasn’t until she showed Cowen the cat that the appearance made sense.

“One of the other carers picked her up one day and Nancy said, ‘That cat looks like my cat,’” Costello said to the news outlet.

“Then she said ‘But my cat lost part of her tail in a traffic accident.’” Costello checked — part of her tail was missing.

Sure enough, Cowen’s sister confirmed, it was Cowen’s cat Cleo. The longhaired gray-and-white kitty had come into her life eight years earlier as a stray.

The nursing home has pledged to give Cleo a home for as long as she needs one in the future, according to the Advertiser. The two are now, clearly, inseparable.

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  • Beautiful story, but being a cat partner I didnt need to read this to know how loyal cats are. When they truly trust you and love you they are yours forever no matter what happens. I am so pleased that Cleo found her Mum and is now happy living with her again.

    Gayle June 27, 2016 6:17 pm Reply
  • I hope they don’t declaw CLEO, as this happens to nursing home cats, in Australia.

    Kerry Dalgleish June 27, 2016 6:21 pm Reply
    • Just to reassure you, declawing and most other forms of cosmetic mutilation are illegal here in the UK. There are exceptions if the animal has a medical need (eg tail docking in persistent “happy tail” dogs, or for some very specific work animals), however, there is no known medical need to amputate to the middle joint all the toes of a cat’s paws.

      DeeCee June 28, 2016 8:30 am Reply
  • Thank you for that story.
    I am inseparable with my kitty, too.
    Hope to stay together till we both pass away from this world.

    Ewa June 28, 2016 2:55 am Reply
  • What a beautiful heart warming story. The cat psyche is truly magical and like many religions beyond our understanding!!!

    Heather Formhalls June 28, 2016 6:59 am Reply
  • We’re not that Cruel we don’t Murder Animals just cos they’re old or sick and can recover either!!

    Dottie June 28, 2016 2:54 pm Reply

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