A Siamese cat survived eight days in a box after she was accidentally put in the post by her owners.
Cupcake travelled with an order of DVDs from Falmouth in Cornwall to West Sussex – more than 260 miles away.
Her owners sealed and posted the parcel two weeks ago, with it arriving safely at its destination eight days later.
The recipient was stunned to discover Cupcake, extremely dehydrated, inside the box.
They contacted the RSPCA who collected the cat and took her to a vet for a health check.
Cupcake’s owner, Julie Baggott, travelled from Falmouth to be reunited with the cat.
“When I realised she was missing two weeks ago it was the most horrible, scary feeling,” Ms Baggott said.
“We looked everywhere for her. I feel terrible about what’s happened. I put everything in the box and sealed it straight away so I don’t know how she managed to get in there.
“It was a miracle because she was alive and she’s managed to survive that awful ordeal.”
Grove Lodge Vets said they would never have been able to reunite Cupcake with her owners if she had not been microchipped.
Cupcake, who was “quite relaxed and unconcerned” required intensive treatment for dehydration.