British Columbia

Stowaway cat survives 3 weeks in shipping container from China to B.C.

The emaciated cat was found among pallets and shredded cardboard inside the container once it arrived in Prince George. It's believed the female tabby survived by licking condensation that had formed on the walls of the container.

Tabby found among pallets and shredded cardboard after container arrived in Prince George

The six-year-old female tabby was trapped inside a 12-metre shipping container for weeks as it travelled from Shenzhen, China to Vancouver and then to Prince George, B.C. (BC SPCA)

An orange tabby cat is likely to have used up more than a few of its nine lives during an unauthorized trip from China to British Columbia.

The North Cariboo District Branch of the B.C. SPCA says the emaciated, six-year-old female was found inside a shipping container loaded nearly a month ago in Shenzhen.

The container arrived by freighter in the Port of Vancouver and was shipped to Prince George, where the unnamed cat was found among the pallets, shredded cardboard and foam pellets inside the container.

The animal had no food or water but it's believed it survived by licking condensation that had formed on the walls of the shipping container.

The six-year-old cat travelled from Shenzhen, China to the Port of Vancouver and then up to Prince George, B.C., after being trapped inside a shipping container. (CBC News)

Animal control officers say the feline weighed just 1½ kilograms when it was found by staff at a Prince George auto glass distribution company as they unpacked the crates.

The cat is quarantined while being nursed back to health and the SPCA estimates the cost to save it will reach almost $2,800.

Alex Schare with North Cariboo District SPCA says she knew right away that the cat would have an amazing story, but would also require life-saving care following weeks of starvation.

"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,'' Schare says in a news release.

The cat is on fluids and is receiving small amounts of food to ensure its body adjusts properly to renewed nutrition.

The strict quarantine is to ensure no diseases are passed to people or animals in this country.

"She has also undergone blood work and will receive a rabies vaccine and dental work when she is strong enough,'' the release says.

Quarantine won't end until two weeks after the rabies shot, so the cat will be under care for some time. The SPCA is appealing for donations to help defray the costs.

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