Cat leaves Colorado home; shows up in NY 5 years later.

Posted on Sep 15 2011 - 10:27pm by pridenation

Turns out New York is the cat’s meow.

The adventurous feline named Willow who wandered away from her home in Colorado five years ago and turned up this past Saturday prowling the streets of Gramercy Park, NY “clearly wanted to spend” one of her nine lives in Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg said today.

“Cats reputedly have nine lives and [she] clearly wanted to spend at least one of them here in New York City,” Bloomberg said. “I just don’t know what [she] was waiting for, why didn’t [she] come here much earlier. But we wish [her] all the best.”

The cat’s owner was thrilled Wednesday that Willow was safe.

“We got a call asking us if we had a cat named Willow, and we thought that was pretty strange, since we thought Willow might have been eaten by coyotes,” her jubilant owner, Jamie Squires, 37, told The Post.

“We’ll never know what happened,” added Squires, a photographer who is married with three children.

Coincidentally, the Squires family had been in the Big Apple as recently as March.

“My daughter said, ‘Mommy, we were there when Willow was there.’ If only this cat could write a book.’’

Willow’s imminent return will go a long way toward cheering up the family, whose other cat died three months ago.

“This is a strange blessing,” said Squires.

Willow’s strange journey apparently left her none the worse for wear. In fact, she’s gained a few pounds.

Willow still has a few more miles to go, but this time, it will be in the comfort of an airplane.

The cat will have to spend two weeks in foster care here until she is issued a certificate of health.

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