Cat from China found in California after sneaking aboard a ship

Published On: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 PM
By: Sarah Weiss
Cat takes a ride from China to California by sneaking aboard a ship  
We hear stories about people sneaking into the U.S. by air, land, or sea. This is the first time we hear the story of a cat that had enough of living in Communist China so the cat decided to hop on board a ship leaving China for California.

A kitten of 3 months old, survived a trip across the Pacific, traveling from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles, California without food or water while locked in a cargo container on a ship.

The orange and black short hair kitten traveled 6,500 miles before arriving.
It was unclear how many days the kitten was in the container. The trip can last up to 21 days in accordance to sources.

The cat was found in the container while the company was unpacking the goods on the container.

Los Angeles County animal control officials are watching carefully over her health.
The kitten is quarantined, which is standard procedure after entering the U.S. from another country.
The cat ate and slept well in the Animal Care Center in Carson, said Animal Control Director Marcia Mayeda. She was alert and responsive.
Mayeda says workers named the cat Ni Hao, which means "hello" in Mandarin Chinese.
When recovering Ni Hao, will get her shots and is neutered, the agency will find her a permanent foster home.