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August 7, 2008

Homeward Found: Family’s cat makes 10-mile trek home to have kittens

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It’s said that cats have nine lives — but do they also have a sixth sense of direction?

Jeffersonville resident David James is beginning to think so. A little more than a week after giving a pregnant cat away to a man living on a Sellersburg farm, he found her in his backyard having just birthed three kittens.

The farm is more than 10 miles away from James’ home.

The cat’s name is Biscuit, and she, along with several other cats, were given away to live on the farm after James said he and his wife, Wanda, could no longer keep them.

The apartment complex where they live has a limit on the amount of cats residents can keep, and James said they had already reached the maximum.

“We had been taking care of them, treated them, gave them shots and fed them, but will still had to get rid of them — that was the bottom line,” James said.

He didn’t want to take the cats to an animal shelter for fear they would be euthanized.

“We all know about the high population of cats,” James said.

While stopping in one Sunday at his neighborhood convenience store, James met a man who sold newspapers and owned a farm in Sellersburg, where he kept cats that needed a home. James had been asking nearly everyone he met if they needed a cat, and was relieved that the man would take the felines off his hands and into a good situation.

James and his wife loaded up their kennel with several cats and dropped them off. He stopped by the store Sunday and asked the man how they were doing, and he was told they were fine.

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