Missing South Carolina tabby cat found 2 years later in California

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A cat that disappeared from its South Carolina home was found two years after hitching a ride in nearly 2,000 miles away to Southern California.

The orange tabby cat, named Kevin, left Palm Springs Wednesday after vanishing from Anderson, South Carolina in 2013.

John Welsh of Riverside County Animal Services said the cat was found earlier this month inside a U-haul trailer a woman had driven across the country.

The driver of the truck said she has no idea the cat was inside after an inspector heard the cat meowing during a routine check at the Arizona border, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The dehydrated cat was taken to a shelter. His microchip helped track down owner Cheryl Walls, who jokes that Kevin has seen more of the country than her.

Walls said Kevin was an indoor cat, but told Welsh he “acted unhappy.” Walls allowed the cat to roam around outside, but one day it did not return.

She says somebody must have cared for Kevin. But who — and how Kevin got into the trailer — are mysteries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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