AN ITALIAN moggy got more than he bargained for when he went into a shipping crate for a cat nap.
He was locked in, only seeing the light of day when he arrived in the UK five days later.
Staff from Little Creek Quarantine Kennels in Saughall were called to the scene – and quickly realised the black and white tom cat was so friendly he could easily be rehomed.
Kennel owner Brett Cassidy paid for half of the £1,000 quarantine bill out of his own pocket and veterinary care is being provided free of charge by the Storrar Practice, Tarvin Road, Boughton.
Besides waking up over 1,000 miles from home, another unwanted surprise for the unfortunate feline is that he will be neutered before he is rehomed.
The cat, named after Italian fashion house Versace, will remain in quarantine until February 2009, but is already getting acquainted with new owner Alfred Williamson of Plas Newton.
Mr Cassidy said: “I wanted someone local to give Versace a home. Mr Williamson has had plenty of experience as a cat owner and has sadly just lost his cat of 15 years, so we know he will give him a loving home.”
Brett is appealing to members of the public to help the new owner raise £500 to cover the cost of helping Versace to get through quarantine and start his new life as a Cheshire cat.
Donations can be sent to Little Creek Kennels, Kingswood Lane, Saughall, Chester, or call 01244 880267.