Cat lost en route from Abu Dhabi to JFK found alive

The tabby spent two weeks in JFK's cargo area after escaping his cage.

NEW YORK // Felix, an Abu Dhabi cat that was lost at John F Kennedy International Airport more than two weeks ago, has been found safe and well.

He went missing on April 1 when his travel cage broke open as it was being unloaded from an Etihad Airways flight from the capital to New York.

His owners, Jennifer Stewart and Joe Naaman, were returning to their home country after living in Abu Dhabi for more than three years.

Mary Beth Melchior posted an update on the feline yesterday on the Facebook group Jack The Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK. Ms Melchior is the founder of the pet travel advocacy group Where Is Jack?, which helped with the search for Felix.

“Felix has been found. We got word that a cat had been humanely trapped in the area that the scent dogs in last week’s search were most interested in … And that cat is Felix,” she wrote.

“Huge kudos goes to Bonnie Wagner-Westbrook, Bonnie Folz, Marge Lineweber and her team (human and canine), and the folks at Etihad and Port Authority for their incredible devotion to finding Felix. Felix had a rough start, but it’s time to welcome this boy home.”

A subsequent update said Felix had arrived at his owners’ home and was doing well.

“Other than a bit thin and needing a grooming, Felix looked great,” said Ms Folz. “Once he actually saw Joe, he started meowing and prancing around.”

Mr Naaman said he was taking Felix to the vet to be checked. “Felix is definitely happy to be home and … almost back in his stride,” he said.