A few weeks later, Nancy met the cat and remarked to staff that she had a striking resemblance to the pet she'd been forced to leave behind.
"One day Nancy said ‘Oh, she looks just like my cat, Cleo. But my Cleo had lost most of her tail.' So we checked, and the cat was missing most of her tail," says Thomas. "That's when we realized that it was Cleo."
Bramley House care staff were stunned at the discovery.
"I think it is just amazing that Cleo found Nancy. Obviously, Cleo knew Nancy was here, but nobody knew that it was her cat. Very strange. I don't know how Cleo found her. It still baffles me. It's really, really weird," caregiver Laura Costello tells The Dodo.
"There's no way she could have followed her, since it's quite a ways from where Nancy used to live before she came here."
The jury is still out on just how Cleo, the incredibly faithful cat, managed to find her owner - but care staff say they have no plans on ending the happy reunion. Cleo has been invited to stay with Cowen full time; in fact, she's hardly left her owner's side since.