Stowaway Cat Headed Home After 3 Weeks

Meatloaf survived trip from Florida to Phoenix without food, water
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2008 12:23 PM CST
Meatloaf's owner said the "slightly larger" cat's reserves must have helped him survive his three-week cross-country ordeal.   ((c) Renata Rocha)
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(Newser) – Being a bit on the chubby side probably saved Meatloaf the cat's life, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The year-old feline wandered into a man's moving container in Florida and was rescued three weeks later when an employee at a Phoenix warehouse heard meowing coming from a crate. Meatloaf, emaciated but alive, emerged when the container was unlocked.

Meatloaf was turned over to the Humane Society, which found the owner of the cat, who had survived without food and water. "Having a lot of reserve probably helped him survive," said his relieved owner, who has been reunited with Meatloaf and will be bringing him home tonight—along with his new tracking chip.