Stimpy the Cat is back home in Redding, CA after a thrilling hitchhiking adventure that landed him in an industrial park in Sacramento.
The 9-year-old house panther apparently stowed away on a delivery truck about 2 weeks ago.
His owner, Missy Patten, scoured every inch of her neighborhood when Stimpy went missing, but there was no sign of him. She’d given up hope of ever finding him.
“I was devastated,” she said. “I thought he was gone.”
Then out of the blue, she got a phone call from a man who claimed to have found Stimpy–about 150 miles away in Sacramento.
“I was like, ‘holy smokes,’ ” Patten said. “I was so excited.”
The man said he found Stimpy at an industrial park next to a business called PPG Auto Glass. He contacted Patten through the phone number on Stimpy’s tags. Patten owns an auto glass company in Redding, and PPG Auto Glass is one of Patten’s suppliers. A PPG Auto Glass driver was at Patten’s shop at the same time that Stimpy went missing.
“He must have gotten in the delivery truck by accident,” Patten guessed.
Patten immediately grabbed her purse and car keys and drove to Sacramento to pick up Stimpy, who was being held by employees at a business next to PPG Auto Glass.
Those employees had noticed a hungry, frightened Stimpy hanging around the day before and took him in and fed him until Patten’s arrival.
“He ate a ton of food,” according to Patten.