The little ragdoll cat that could
An exclusively indoor ragdoll cat known more for her placid nature than her hunting skills has defied remarkable odds - surviving five months in the Adelaide Plains after she was reported missing by her distraught Perth owner.
Four-year-old Luna was found this month being fed sausage rolls by dart players half way through a match final at the Dublin Cricket Club rooms in Dublin - 2639km from home.
A local resident recognised Luna from a missing cat poster and delivered her to Adelaide University's Companion Animal Health Centre, at Roseworthy, where she was identified through her microchip.
Luna was reunited with her owners Jenelle Powell and Neale McClure, from South Lake in Perth, on Wednesday.
"I was inconsolable," says Jenelle.
"She is a pedigree cat and my baby - to have her go missing rocked my world."
In September last year, the couple were camped overnight at Port Parham during a road trip from Melbourne back home to Perth.
When they woke the next morning, Luna was missing from the family car - she had somehow broken free from her harness, attached by a lead to the car's rear pet barrier, and escaped through a small gap in a window.
"I bawled my eyes out all across the Nullarbor.
"I thought she was gone forever."
Veterinarians and nurses from the Companion Animal Health Centre treat a very skinny, dehydrated and parasite infected Luna for a number of days.
"I'm very surprised she survived," says the centre's spokeswoman Diane Whatling.
"Although cats are scavengers, these ragdolls are a very sensitive breed - she may not have even known how to hunt." Ms Whatling says.
"If she hadn't been microchipped, who knows where she would have ended up or how much longer she would have survived?"