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HELENA, Mont. -- A Portland, Ore., man whose cat had been missing since last year will soon be reunited with the well-traveled feline, courtesy of the transient who's been caring for her more than nine months.

Ron Buss says he let his cat Mata Hairi out of the house in September. The cat never returned.

Michael King spotted the cat in Portland, hiding under a table trying to stay out of the pouring rain. He tells the Helena, Mont. Independent Record that he didn't want a cat, but he picked her up to save her life.

The cat traveled with King to California, back to Portland and then out to Montana, where King's foster father lives. They took the cat to a veterinarian, found a microchip and contacted the owner.

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