I have close experience with two separate cases of house cats being separated from their home by 10 and 40 miles, yet finding their way home with no problem. How do they do that? Case 1: This just happened yesterday to my neice. Her cat jumped in a neighbor's van during the night. The neighbor went to the store and saw the cat jump out about 10 miles from home. My neice went looking for the cat, but couldn't find her. Then next morning, her cat was waiting outside the door like nothing happened. Case 2: This happened a few years ago to another relative, and this case is really amazing to me. My relative was planning to retire and move to another state. She gave her cat to my other relative that lives about 40 miles away from the home the cat was living at. Over a year later, my retired relative was visiting us and she went back to see her old neighbor to visit. To her surprise, her old cat was living with this neighbor. It turned out the cat ran away a few weeks after the move and managed to get back home. My other relative who had taken the cat didn't have the heart to tell anybody the cat ran away because she figured it was dead. Apparently cats have this ability, but it escapes me how they do it.