When the worlds biggest cat leaves its native Canada, the animals owner is sure to be delighted.
The golden cat, named Chihuahua, arrived in the US last week, following the discovery of a large crate in an attic at a local home.
The crate contained about 15,000 cats, including Chihuahuas and three dogs, but none of them had been seen since they were found in a garage, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
While the cat is said to be recovering in the vet, his owner says she is planning to visit his home in Mexico later this week.
The cat, who is in good health, was discovered in the attic of a home in the small town of New Mexico in August.
“The crate was very, very large and it had a large hole through it,” said Karen Pfeffer, the animal welfare officer for the Humane Services of New York City.
Pfeffer said she was alerted to the discovery after she heard a loud noise in the garage, and when she looked inside the crate, she found more than 100 cats, most of which were dead.
She says the owners of the home told her they had not seen the cat since the discovery.
“I think it was a little bit of a shock to us because we had no idea,” Pfefer said.
Chihuahaus are big cats that are usually found roaming free in the wild, but sometimes find homes with owners who live in cramped conditions.PFEFER says she and other animal welfare workers are now investigating the cause of the cats death.
“What I’m hoping is that, for whatever reason, the owners will take their cats to the vet and see if there is anything that can be done to help the cats heal and then let them go,” PFEFER said.
“This is not an unusual event.
I have seen it happen in the past with very large cats.”
Chihuahuaus typically live in the mountainous regions of central Mexico, but are sometimes found roaming freely in the interior of the country.