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    12:40 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNN/WPBF) -- A cat in Florida travelled nearly 200 miles in more than two months to reunite with her owners.

    The last time Jacob and Bonnie Richter saw their 4-year-old cat Holly, she had bolted out of their motor-home Nov. 4 in the middle of the Daytona Speedway Park, apparently frightened by fireworks.

    For days, the distraught couple searched for holly, putting up flyers and alerting rescue agencies before despondently heading home to West Palm Beach.

    There was a brief glimmer of hope when a rescue group spotted the distinctive cat outside of a Daytona Beach restaurant which fed feral cats.

    But she disappeared again before the Richters could drive there. That was until Saturday when she showed up near collapse in barb Mazzola's Palm Beach gardens yard. She says, "She was so skinny, so thin, all bones and weak and she could hardly walk, she was walking really slow, so weak she couldn't even get a 'meow' out.

    Incredibly, Holly had walked from Daytona Beach all the way down Florida to within one mile of her home. In little more than two months, the little kitty walked 190 miles.

    Mazzola took holly to a vet who found her microchip which showed she belonged to the Richters. And the little cat with the big will to come home is finally back with her family.

    This story serves as another reminder to pet owners: get your pet microchipped even if it doesn't live outdoors. It can prove helpful if your pet should ever get lost.

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