The orange-and-white short-haired kitten traveled 6,500 miles without food or water and arrived Wednesday, officials say. Los Angeles County animal control officers are cautiously watching his health.
The kitten was retrieved from the container at a Compton-area business where it was delivered.
Animal control director Marcia Mayeda says the kitten ate and slept well at the Carson Animal Care Center. He woke up Thursday alert and responsive.
Mayeda says workers named him Ni Hao (NEE'-How), which means hello.
The kitten is quarantined, which is standard procedure after entering the U.S. from another country. When he recovers, gets his shots and is fixed, the shelter will look for foster and permanent homes.