Holly the Cat's Incredible Journey - NYTimes.com
Jay Jamison stashed this in Cats
Crazy 200 mile journey made by lost cast.
This is extraordinary:
Nobody knows how it happened: an indoor housecat who got lost on a family excursion managing, after two months and about 200 miles, to return to her hometown.
“I really believe these stories, but they’re just hard to explain,” said Marc Bekoff, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Colorado. “Maybe being street-smart, maybe reading animal cues, maybe being able to read cars, maybe being a good hunter. I have no data for this.”
There is, in fact, little scientific dogma on cat navigation. Migratory animals like birds, turtles and insects have been studied more closely, and use magnetic fields, olfactory cues, or orientation by the sun.
One day we will be able to put "Google Goggles" (or some other tracking device!) on cats and actually see how they do it.
But right now, nobody knows how they do it!