Cody the Cat is safe at home after a cross-country adventure that started in a Dallas UPS truck and ended in Chicago.
The adventuresome blue-eyed tuxie was accidentally packed and sealed in a packing box by his owner, Marie Webster, who runs a company which supplies materials to chiropractic offices. She was taping up a large box when Cody, sensing the opportunity for an excellent adventure, snuck inside.
We arranged the foam and then we walked off [to] find a label … so Im thinking he must have gotten in there then, said Webster. Im sure he was completely panicked.
She and her daughter searched frantically for Cody for the next few days.
On Wednesday, Brett St. Aubin, the director of a chiropractic clinic outside of Chicago, received the package of home traction units.
We opened it up and we found cat hair on the merchandise, the chiropractor said. And [then] I saw the cat. I quickly closed the box back up.
Cody’s collar had come off during the trip, so it took a few minutes to sort everything out. They pulled him from the box and initiated petting therapy.
He was in shock, but well-behaved, St. Aubin said.
Upon emptying the box they found his collar, and they immediately called Webster.
He said Are you the owner of Cody the cat? I said, ‘Yes I am,’ Webster said. I started screaming. He said, Were in Illinois. Im like, What?
Plans were made to transport Cody back to Texas. St. Aubin took Cody to an animal hospital to get him checked out.
He was just a little bit in shock, said Brenda Brown, certified veterinary technician at the hospital. We actually kept him here overnight, and he was eating and drinking normally. He definitely appeared to be in good spirits.
Cody received the distinguished honor of “Patient of the Month” from St. Aubin before a courier whisked him to the airport.
Everybody was just outstanding in helping me get this cat back, Webster said.