Exeter’s famous ‘ninja’ cat Ruben has disappeared again, prompting widespread search

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Notorious wanderer Ruben – famous for being Exeter’s ‘celebrity’ cat through all of his adventures – is missing again, sparking a widespread search across the city.

The very friendly 10-year-old black cat hasn’t returned home to St Leonard’s since Christmas Eve, leaving his owners Charlotte and Jon Brammer worried for his well-being.

Since 2016 Ruben has traveled everywhere – to a lot of different addresses. He ended up at Torquay Police Station, he woke up in someone else’s bed, and he even goes to the local elementary school regularly.

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His disappearances have become so frequent that Ruben even has his own Facebook page with fans as far as America. It has nearly 8,000 followers who are affectionately known as Reubenites.

However, as he has been missing for two weeks, his owners took to social media to help locate Ruben and make sure he was okay.



Exeter’s famous cat Ruben has disappeared again

Jon said: “Given his wandering nature, we are giving him a two week doubt / grace period. His record is three months missing, so we’re optimistic he’s fine, but we’re all the same. worried about our boyfriend.

“We were told that it was seen on Christmas Day at Barnardo Road and that a potential sighting was made in Exwick on January 5. This remains to be confirmed but thanks to a huge sharing effort, its missing post on Facebook has reached 30,000 people.

“It’s hard to know why he’s leaving in the first place. We have a three month old baby so I don’t know if it’s recently because of that?

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“When Ruben leaves he tends to head in one direction and the Christmas Day sighting shows he was heading southwest, so the sighting at Exwick probably rings true and there is already been.”

Ruben last disappeared for two weeks last summer and turned out to have moved in with a yoga teacher in Exwick.

Charlotte and Jon have had Ruben since they were eight weeks old and until the age of five, Ruben did not move away from his home.

However, one fateful day he got itchy and decided to embark on his first adventure.

Now he does it regularly. Ruben is described as a ninja who manages to enter people’s homes through windows or cat apartments.

He even managed to get through a previously locked cat flap – and ended up on someone else’s bed.



Ruben enjoyed a visit to Buckerell Lodge in Exeter last year
Ruben enjoyed a visit to Buckerell Lodge in Exeter last year

In 2021, Ruben’s prolific wandering saw him confirmed in more than 80 locations across the city – and these are just the ones his owners have been made aware of.

“If Ruben hadn’t been chipped we would have lost him a long time ago,” Jon said. “I think a lot of people think he’s a stray cat because he doesn’t like to wear a collar.

“Last year has been his most prolific yet for wandering. The last time he was gone in a big way was about five years ago when he disappeared for five weeks and was gone. is shown at school in Polsloe. The longest time since he recently disappeared was three months before the Covid pandemic. “

His most distant adventure was the Torquay Police Station after witnessing a crime on Larkbeare Road.



Ruben pictured in 2019 with owners Charlotte and Jon Brammer
Ruben pictured in 2019 with owners Charlotte and Jon Brammer

Jon said: “He was gone from the children’s house, down the road and around the time a crime had been committed.

“A man ended up being arrested and Ruben was right there, so the police took him to Torquay Police Station.”

Ruben’s love for wandering is the reason his owners created a Facebook dedicated to their cat’s adventures.

Jon said: “We used to just go look for him, but now he’s so well known that people reach out to us through his Facebook page to tell us where he is and we post what he’s done there.

“If we could do that we would take him home, but it is in his nature to go. Sometimes he comes home on his own and other times we have to pick him up when we find out where he is. It’s just become a thing and we make a joke of it and keep it light on her Facebook page.

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“People fall in love with Ruben. He has the sweetest nature and just climbs on people for a hug and people don’t want him to leave once they meet him.

“There are obviously a lot of black cats in Exeter, so when we have reported sightings we ask people to send us a photo so that we can see if it’s him. Luckily he’s recognizable because he has tears. in the left ear. “

Ruben is completely black except for a few white spots on his chest.

Any sightings of Ruben can be reported through his Facebook page.

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