Carpet Court contractor Kerry Bell checks up on his
uninvited hitchhiker at the Otago SPCA yesterday. Photo by
A catnap turned into a tiki tour for a Dunedin resident
The ginger female cat was discovered trapped in the back of a
Carpet Court van in the inner city last Thursday and
delivered to the Otago SPCA by contractor Kerry Bell.
"We were working on a job in Hanover St and the apprentice
found her when he went to get something out of the van," Mr
Bell said yesterday.
"The cat was blocked in by some big boxes and had no way to
get out. She was pretty freaked out. She probably hadn't seen
daylight for a few days.
"I'd been driving around all week and a couple of times I
thought I'd heard some meowing. But I didn't really think
anything of it and just turned the stereo up."
The cat was found in a small cavity wedged in behind three,
large rectangular boxes, he said.
"I've got no idea where she came from and I've been racking
my brains how she got in there. Cats love the vans and she's
obviously gone in to have a sleep. We're often on people's
properties with the doors wide open and it's not unusual to
get back to the van and find a cat asleep on the seat," Mr
"I'm just glad she's all right. I love cats. I've got two
myself at home."
The unenviable job of extricating the mobile moggy went to
SPCA inspector Julie Richardson.
"I've never had to get a cat out of a van in a situation like
this before. She was hissing a wee bit and I had to shuffle
into the hole to get to her. But she didn't seem to be
dehydrated. She was pretty scared, but in good condition."
SPCA officers checked, unsuccessfully, to see if the cat was
microchipped and it hoped her owner might recognise her.
"She's a lovely cat and it would be really nice to find who
she belongs to," Mr Bell said.