After Crossing the Ocean Together, Will Separated Cats Reunite?


Those of you who regularly read this blog know that we at The Great Animal Rescue Chase love to share good news, but today we have a story that’s downright uncanny.  It’s the tale of two cats who crossed an ocean together only to face a second set of dangers when they arrived on dry land.   Monka Blanke shares the incredible story of these two castaways who found safe harbor in her arms.

By Monka Blanke of Hasselt, Belgium

My husband and I used to live in the harbor of Antwerp / Belgium in a quiet place, which means we had quiet weekends. Apart from ships, there was very little traffic. So one Sunday morning, I walked our dachshund and all of a sudden I saw something strange in the middle of the street. It looked like a wig in a can. It didn’t move at all, but our dog and I got curious, and when we came closer, I couldn’t believe my eyes: it was a kitten halfway in that tin!

As I lifted it up it started to meow, so I quickly ran home and showed it to my husband. He immediately got a metal grip and started cutting the can. Out jumped a beautiful kitten! It was in shock, so we waited several hours, leaving it alone with some food.

The next thing was to take this little treasure to the vet, and after examining her, it turned out to be a healthy young cat. After all, we think she came from a ship, as it happens from time to time…but that’s not all.

And Who Is This?

A few days later my husband came home from work and in the twilight he met a tomcat which came after him.  He thought it was our new cat and picked it up. At home he realized that it wasn’t the original cat, but a second cat.

It turned out that our new cat and this tomcat knew one another, so they probably came from the very same ship. Luckily they got used to the dog, and they ended up getting on very well.  (click here to see the dog who tolerates his two new feline friends)

Do You Love Castaways Too?

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Mary Cromley
.3 years ago

Good story.

kelly stout
kelly s4 years ago

Great story thank you for sharing.

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

great,thank you for sharing 25/6

ann b.
Ann B5 years ago

Thank you.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

Cathy Noftz
Cathy Noftz6 years ago

~What a great love story!~Glad the writer was able to keep both cats!~Kudos to the dog for allowing 2 cats to share his home~

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M6 years ago


Nancy Black
Nancy Black6 years ago

After all the sad articles that I have read tonight, this was uplifting. Thank you for lifting my spirits. Life is good; some people do love animals and some endings are "happy everafter."

Melinda K.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing the story, nice to read about kind people and abandoned pets combining for a happy ending.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis6 years ago

Wonderful! :)