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Pika the cat travels 6,600 miles from Malaysia to Dartford
A FERAL cat found living on a rubbish pit in Malaysia has now travelled more than 6,600 miles across the world - to his new home in Dartford.
Cat-lover Rachel Wyatt fell in love with 18-month-old Pika when she was studying for her PHD in a Penan village, Malaysia, in 2011.
It took Rachel more than six months to safely transport Pika to her home in Little Queen Street, on a remarkable journey that saw him travel by aeroplane, boat and car.
Mrs Wyatt, 29, told News Shopper: "I was feeling sad about the recent loss of cat and kittens in the village and I walked past an area where people burn their rubbish - it’s like an open pit.
"I heard a pitiful meow and saw a tiny kitten who was Pika.
"She was extremely sick, covered in fleas and extremely thin."
Rachel took Pika in and started to feed her kitten milk with a medical syringe before starting to form a plan that would see them travel home together.
The anthropology student said: "Firstly I had to get her from the village to the nearest town, Miri, which was interesting.
"I put her in a cardboard box along with my other cat Ginger, who was in a pet carrier.
"We then went on a small boat and I managed to hitch a lift at the nearest road in a four-wheel drive.
"Then we ended up in town, she went to the vet and they started the six month course of vaccinations."
Quarantine regulations stated Pika and Ginger must spend six months living in the ‘country of origin’ ahead of transportation abroad, a situation Rachel describes as a "nightmare."
She explained how Pika and Ginger ended up spending this time living on the rooftop of a hostel in Miri in a bird’s cage, while she dealt with Malaysian bureaucracy herself.
But six months later, Pika touched down at Heathrow airport and was re-united with Rachel who drove her home to Dartford.
Rachel said: "I think Pika is a little brain damaged because of her experiences as a kitten.
"She uses the litter tray but it took her about a month to learn how to use the cat flap, even though she had seen my other cats using it every day.
"She’s not feral at all - she’s extremely friendly to me but is scared of men and is gradually coming round to my husband.
"She is definitely a one person cat."
It seems Pika isn’t the only cat in the spotlight, as Ginger is known in the area for breaking into neighbours' houses through open windows.
Rachel added: "Fortunately the neighbourhood is very fond of him, he’s quite famous.
"Often I have knocks at the door and it is someone returning Ginger."
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