When Julie Baggott of Falmouth, UK packed up a box of DVDs to mail, she never knew that her cat, Cupcake, had curled up inside the box for a nap. Baggott had packed the box, walked away for a time, and then returned to seal it without seeing the cat. This resulted in Cupcake spending eight days in the mail, finally arriving at his destination in Cornwall, 260 miles away.
The customer who had purchased the DVDs was quite surprised to find the extra visitor in the box, and called the RSPCA. The RSPCA then took Cupcake to the Grove Lodge veterinary hospital, where she was evaluated and treated for dehydration. Miraculously, the cat survived the trip relatively well, and had no other serious injuries or conditions. She was frightened, but responded to the fluids well.
Lucky for Cupcake, she had also been microchipped, and that microchip allowed the vets to contact Baggott, who had been searching for her missing cat for almost two weeks. Baggott traveled to Cornwall to pick up Cupcake, who had had a few days to recover from her latest adventure, before starting the journey home to Falmouth.
This story proves just how important microchipping your pets can be – in this case, the microchip led to Cupcake’s identification, and vets were able to contact Baggott. Additionally, make sure that you always check your packages for cats before sealing them up!