A six year old orange tabby has become an internet sensation and made an auto glass company famous in the process. The cat spent three weeks without food or water, after having traveled from Shenzhen, China to the port in Vancouver until she was found inside of a shipping container by some of the team at Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia.
“For 20 sum years of doing this, I’ve never seen anything like this before. Initially I wanted to protect my guys because you never know what an animal can carry. We found the tiny thing at the back of the truck after about an hour of unloading, originally we thought it was a rat or something because we had seen so many pieces of cardboard on the ground and heard sounds leading us to the last container,” said Darcy Legeard, Independent Glass Distributers, in Prince George, British Columbia manager.
The British Columbia SPCA North Cariboo District Branch took donations for medical treatment for the traveling feline. According to B.C.’s SPCA, the animal, also known as Stowaway, was believed to have survived by licking condensation that formed on the shipping container’s walls and consuming cardboard.
“I knew right away when I heard that this cat had spent weeks in a container that she not only had an amazing story but also that she would require extensive care and rehabilitation to recover from her ordeal,” said Alex Schare, SPCA North Cariboo District animal center services manager.
“The cat had survived off of Styrofoam and cardboard for weeks, so needless to say it was blocked up and needed medical attention,” said Legeard.
Animal control officers quarantined the roughly 3.3 pound cat and brought her to the SPCA after taking her from the Independent Glass Distributors, according to a release. Due to the cat’s traveling conditions SPCA staff agreed that the tabby needed to be secluded from the other animals at the SPCA to ensure safety for all of the animals and Canadian citizens, according to the SPCA.
After nearly a month of no food and water, Schare said he knew she would need to be nursed back to health slowly in order to survive.
“We rushed her to the vet because she was in such poor condition that we knew she would require intensive veterinary care for an extended period of time to regain her strength,” said Schare.
Stowaway was quarantined while she awaited medical treatment. According to the SPCA, she has been given smaller portions of food and is on fluids to bring her body back to health. SPCA professionals concluded the estimated cost to save the animal will be just under $3,000. Through donations the SPCA was able to raise more than $25,000 to support Stowaway’s health.
“We were so excited when we found out she was going to be ok, some of my staff even wanted to adopt her,” said Legeard.