Mystery of the runaway cat found at hotel 270 miles away

Cookie the cat reunited with owners Samantha and AndrewCookie the cat, reunited with owners Samantha and Andrew [ROSS PARRY]

Owners Andrew and Samantha Buchanan and their two young daughters Lucy and Abigail feared the worst when their beloved pet disappeared on December 29.

They searched in vain every day around their home in Swansea, South Wales, while Cookie lapped up gourmet treats at the Gomersal Park Hotel in West Yorkshire.

The cute cat turned up at the back door of the hotel where staff took pity on her and eventually employee Claire Brogden took her to a local vet.

A microchip in her neck revealed Cookie was hundreds of miles from home. The delighted Buchanans were contacted and drove to Gomersal to collect their cat, who is thought to have hitched a ride on the hotel’s laundry van.

Hotel spokesman Keith Joplin said: “Goodness knows how on earth she got here but one theory is that she might have hitched a lift on the van.

“We have our laundry cleaned in Cardiff, so she could have jumped in while they were loading the van, travelled all the way up north and then leapt out again once it got to Gomersal.”

Andrew, 33, said: “We have been out looking for her every day. We weren’t a complete family without her. We had told the children Cookie was being looked after but little did we know she was being looked after in a hotel.

“On Wednesday we got a call from a vet to say Cookie had been found. I thought ‘brilliant’ and then the vet said she was in West Yorkshire.

“Abigail had told her teacher her cat had gone missing and she had handed out flyers and posters all round town. On Friday the school has a ‘show and tell’ and she’s going to tell the big story of how she got her cat back.”

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