A cat was discovered riding along underneath a truck in Riverside County, California on Friday, according to officials. Apparently, this cat has been missing from its Georgia home since the 4th of July.
The cat, Kitty Bitty, was found under a Pepsi truck, according to John Welsh the senior public information specialist with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
“We can only surmise he somehow ended up over at a Pepsi facility in the Georgia area, not too far I believe from where this owner lives, and somehow jumped on the back of a truck or on a pallet,” Welsh said. “Somewhere in that truck, the cat was undetected for quite some time.”
When Kitty Bitty was found it could be assumed that he was traveling underneath the truck for at least a few days because he was so skinny. Further, he suffered from dehydration but was nursed back to help at the nearest vet.
Currently, Kitty Bitty is staying at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. Animal services are combining their own donations in order to fly Kitty Bitty home to Georgia for the holidays.
Animal services were originally contacted by the truck driver, then animal services contacted Kitty Bitty’s owner. Since the cat had been gone for so long, the family almost had lost all hope of seeing their cat again.
Surprisingly enough, this is not the first time Riverside County Animal Services officials have discovered commuting cats. For example, a South Carolina cat was found aboard a U-Hail van in Blythe. This cat was also flown back home on a jet.
Welsh said, “We’re always pleased when we can get the cat back to the owner, even if it takes a cross-country flight to get the cat back home.”