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Mar 3, 2015 5:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

After Traveling From East Hampton To North Sea, Most Likely By Car, Lost Cat Reunited With Family

Mar 4, 2015 10:30 AM

It has been quite the winter so far for Princey, a 2½-year-old tabby cat from East Hampton who somehow found himself 15 miles from home in North Sea last month, presumably by traveling in the engine compartment of a stranger’s vehicle in an attempt to keep warm.Princey, who spends time both indoors and outdoors, disappeared from his neighborhood on the night of January 16, leaving no trace of his whereabouts for his owner, 9-year-old Jackson Milius. In an effort to find the feline, Jackson’s mother, Jaime Scott, sought the help of a service called FindToto that alerts nearby residents of a missing pet with an automated phone call. She also reached out to the South Fork community through the Facebook page Bonac Pets, where people post about lost and found pets.

But Princey was nowhere to be found.

“It just looked less and less likely that we would find him,” Ms. Scott said this week.

Not a day went by when Jackson didn’t wake up in the morning or return from school wondering if his beloved cat had returned home, Ms. Scott said. He anxiously waited with his other cat, Princey’s litter mate Lina, for any word about their missing friend. The days turned into weeks. The weeks turned into almost a month.

Then a post appeared on Bonac Pets about a tabby found in North Sea. Ms. Scott was directed to the post, but the cat in the photo looked too thin to be Princey. There was one identifying factor, however, that immediately told her that it was Princey: a large, unmistakable brown spot on the cat’s lip—Princey’s most defining feature. “You could clearly see it in the photograph,” Ms. Scott said.

Princey had been turned in at the Southampton Animal Shelter on February 11, and Jackson was reunited with his pal the next day. From being out in the cold for so long, though, Ms. Scott said, the cat had lost more than half of his body weight, although he has since put on 2 pounds and is recovering well.

Kim Cannon, the veterinary assistant at the animal shelter, said it is suspected that Princey made it all the way from East Hampton to North Sea by traveling in a car’s engine compartment. She said cats often hide in nooks and crannies of vehicles to stay warm in winter, and that the shelter once took in a cat that had traveled from Aquebogue to Southampton in the engine of its owner’s truck. “It happens more than people think,” she said.

While Princey’s journey is one to remember, Ms. Cannon said the best part was bringing him back to his family and seeing his recovery progress. “We want to reunite—that’s the whole thing,” she said. “It’s so nice to get the updates.”

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I don't mean to do you know what in the feel good sugary cereal, but not only is allowing cats/pets to roam outside illegal, it is irresponsible. If the cat is trying to stay warm in a car engine, that might be a clue that it shouldn't be outside. Period.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Mar 5, 15 10:32 AM
How exactly is it illegal for a cat to roam on its owners property? Cars don't roam far and it likely got in a work truck or other vehicle while it was parked on the owners property. Put down the gavel, Mr. Judgmental.
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Mar 5, 15 2:39 PM
Good morning localEH. You are correct. Unlike SH Town, EH Town laws come to find out only apply to dogs at large. SH Town code as it relates to animals at large covers both dogs and cats.

That said and just my opinion, I'd still like to see dogs and cats not roam lose for the very reason of the story. Thankfully, this one had a happy ending.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Mar 6, 15 8:35 AM
They are very lucky that he did not die. I am glad for the happy ending to this story. Princey is a beautiful cat.
By kathrb (16), Southampton on Mar 5, 15 2:24 PM