The owner of a missing cat named Buddha decided a large graffiti wall in downtown Ottawa would be the perfect place to ask for help.

Buddha missing cat Ottawa graffiti Kijiji ad Aug 19 2014

Buddha went missing on Aug. 8. He is described as mostly white with an orange patch on his face. He also has orange on his ears, head and tail, with patches on his upper and lower back. His eyes are a yellowy orange, and his ears are rounded from previous frostbite. Buddha used to be a stray and has specific feeding requirements. (Kijiji)

The mural was painted late Sunday night on the far east side of a dedicated graffiti wall on Slater Street, near the Bay Street bus stop.

Every day, hundreds of OC Transpo buses with thousands of riders pass by the highly visible wall of graffiti art.

It took Buddha's owner, Kayleigh Julien, and her two friends about five hours to create the mural, which stands about four metres tall and nine metres wide.

Julien told CBC News she rescued the stray cat in the winter nearly two years ago. The cat disappeared after Julien moved from Gatineau's Hull neighbourhood to downtown Ottawa.

"I'm afraid people might think he's a stray because he used to live on the street for so long. He was out for an entire winter at one point. He had frostbitten paws when I took him in. I had to nurse him back to health," Julien said.

"He had been outside for a number of months. His paws were completely black. His ears were completely black. His eye was completely infected shut. It took us months to heal him back to health."

Buddha was wearing a leopard-print collar when he was last seen on Aug. 8.