Ni Hao the Ocean Stowaway Cat Finally Goes Home


Remember Ni Hao, the miracle stowaway cat who survived a 6,500 mile trans-Pacific trip from Shanghai to Los Angeles trapped in a storage container without food or water? No one knows how the kitty got on board, and no one knows how he managed to live through the ordeal, but one thing is certain: Ni Hao will never be in need again.

After recuperating for two months at the Carson Animal Shelter, Ni Hao embarked on a final journey home to a loving Redondo Beach couple, according to the Redondo Beach Patch. Kathleen Shaver and Harvey Hettick were selected by a committee from a pool of more than 80 applicants.

When Ni Hao was first discovered curled up in a limp ball in a storage container, things looked bleak for the cat. Vets rushed to restore the kitty, but a shelter vet tech admits, “We were scared the first couple of days. The cat was very skinny, emaciated, very dehydrated, and unable to lift the head up.”

The only remnants of Ni Hao’s ordeal are a slight limp and neurological damage that affects his right eye. Otherwise he is a happy, healthy, and famous kitty. However, after being the star of a children’s book, Ni Hao is going into retirement. His new human guardian told the Redondo Beach Patch, “I think a quiet life at the beach is a reward for his ordeal.”


Via the Redondo Beach Patch; photos by John Schreiber

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