When Mittens, a black cat with white paws, slipped into a covered boat parked near his family’s house, all he wanted was a catnap. Instead, he went on the journey of a lifetime.
His owner, Brandon Flitton, had no idea the boat was carrying a terrified cat when he drove it to a repair shop 35 miles away in Salt Lake City. As soon as the mechanic pulled off the cover, a terrified Mittens bolted away.
“When we heard what had happened, we put signs up everywhere and went looking for him,” Brandon’s wife, Cyndi, said in an interview with PEOPLE. “We hoped that he’d recognize our voices and come running because he’s such a sociable, friendly cat.”