A cat returned home six after a tragic Superstorm Sandy disappearance that caused his Chadwick Beach Island, New Jersey owners to assume that he must have died. Carole Baumann said that she heard a meowing on the front porch of their Toms River home on Wednesday.
When she checked it out, she discovered Porsche — the family cat last seen eight miles away.
As a barrier beach community, the Chadwick Beach Island towns like Toms River were extremely hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. Uranie Roberts, Baumann’s mother, and cat Porsche had to be evacuated from the home by boat.
Apparently, Porsche didn’t appreciate the rescue. The family had to take up temporary residence with some relatives in Point Pleasant Borough, some distance away. Because of significant damage to the Chadwick Beach Island, Toms River and other local authorities had to plan for a phased return.
Porsche didn’t seem to have a whole lot of patience for hanging out with the family while he waited to get back to his own place. A few days after they arrived, he slipped out of the house and never came back.
So what the heck was the cat doing all that time? Did he really spend six months walking eight miles through disaster debris and construction sites?
It’s also possible that the cagey Porsche wangled some free food and lodging at some point along the way. Baumann and Roberts plan to take him in for a vet check this week, but they can already tell that he’s in good condition.
Roberts said, “You could see he was eating. His fur is sleek and soft.”
Eight miles may not sound like The Incredible Journey, but the so-called miracle cat’s return home to Chadwick Beach Island is still pretty amazing.
[cat photo by Pelana via Shutterstock]