Cat found on freighter from Philippines to LA barely alive

County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control/NBCLA.com

Pinay, a 4-year-old domestic short-hair, survived several weeks without food or water in a container ship that arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines. She was found July 16, 2013.

A 4-year-old cat that  stowed away in a container ship headed from Manila, Philippines, to Los Angeles is gaining weight and getting stronger after a long trip without food or water. 

Los Angeles County animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the orange and white female cat was weak and frail after the 7,300-mile trip. But after two weeks of treatments, the feline is in fair condition.

Hospital staff named the cat Pinay, a common name for a female Filipino.

The cat has cleared quarantine but needs to be adopted into a calm home because she is still skittish. Potential adopters can email daccevents@animalcare.lacounty.gov.

A year ago, a kitten named Ni Hao, survived a freighter trip from China and was placed in a home.

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