Cat missing for more than a year was living in a Fleet Farm 45 miles away

The things he must have seen!
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A long-missing cat returned to his loving owners this past week, after spending more than a year living in a Fleet Farm around an hour away from their home.

The ballad of Art the cat came to a happy ending when he came back to Caylin and Alex Mathis and their Rochester home, from which he had been missing since September 2019.

So where was he? Well according to a vet clinic in Owatonna – some 45 minutes from Rochester – he had been spending the past year and three months living in the local Fleet Farm.

"Christmas came early for us. I can’t even believe this is real," Caylin posted on Facebook. "I’m sure a lot of you remember when our cat Art went missing in September of last year. We were so devastated when he went missing. He meant so much to us.

"Art was gone for 438 days. I have absolutely no explanation for this."

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How Art got to Owatonna will remain a mystery, and his owners didn't believe it themselves when they received the call from the veterinarian in Owatonna.

Caylin said she "didn't think much of it considering we’ve gotten our hopes up so many times and it was never him."

"But this time it really was him," she wrote.

"Art was living in Fleet Farm in Owatonna and they kept seeing him on the cameras, so a worker there put out a trap and finally caught him.

"Bless his heart him and his wife took him to the vet and held on to him until they got a hold of us. We went to pick him up the first thing he did was boop us on the head just like he used to."

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