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UPDATE: Gold Coast feline home, but her sister wasn't happy

UPDATE 1.45pm:

COCO is back at her Coomera home at the Gold Coast.

She's one of two cats from the same litter in the Graydon family, and her homecoming was not entirely welcomed by all.

"Her sister hissed at her when she came home, but they seem to be getting along fine now," Kelly said.

Tomorrow Coco will have her regular vet check.

Earlier:

A GOLD Coast cat was found in Gladstone after she travelled more than 600km with strangers and was missing for more than 10 days.

Coco, whose parents Kelly and Scott Graydon were in New Zealand at the time, went missing on December 26.

She was being cared for by family friends at the time.

She jumped in a stranger's car and stayed there for two days before hitching her ride with them to Gladstone.

Ten days later she was found crying under a car at Stockland Gladstone by Petit Cas.

"Our friends and neighbours all went looking for her and I posted on all the local Facebook pages for pets and heard nothing ... I started to give up hope," Mrs Graydon said.

Kelly Jones and Coco at the Gladstone Airport ahead of the scheduled flight.
Kelly Jones and Coco at the Gladstone Airport ahead of the scheduled flight. Paul Braven

"She's very quiet and that's why I don't know how she could hide in a car ... she doesn't come when she's called and sometimes we have to go looking for her ... We've never had to look this far."

Kelly, who is still in New Zealand, said she was in disbelief when she heard her cat was in Gladstone, a city she had never visited.

"So now I've had to pay for a flight from Gladstone, but I've never even been ... she's turning out to be an expensive cat.

"It's been an eventful holiday. That's all I can say."

Ms Cas said her son crawled under a car at Stockland Gladstone on Tuesday to grab Coco.

They took Coco to Petbarn since all the vets were closed.

"It was a happy ending for little Coco the explorer," she said.

Staff at Petbarn Gladstone became smitten with the nine-month-old cat during her stay there.

Laureen Leao with Coco.
Laureen Leao with Coco. Paul Braven

Sales assistant Laureen Leao said there were several requests from people keen to take Coco home.

"We do have repeat offenders (stray cats) that we know the names of when they come in, but we've never had anything like this happen before," she said.

They were able to scan Coco's microchip and call her owners.

Ms Leao said it was an example of how important it was to microchip pets.

"If she wasn't micro-chipped I don't know how we would have got her back home," she said.

Store manager Lyall Barry said the cat charmed him and many of the staff members.

"She's come to Gladstone but who knows if she's seen the sights," he said.

Yesterday at 4.40pm staff waved goodbye to their cat boarder as she flew home on board a Qantas flight.

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