Ni Hao, an orange and white cat, was trapped in a shipping container for the entirety of the two-week trip, AFP reports.
The 3-month-old cat was only discovered when the container was opened upon the ship's arrival from Shanghai.
Members of the Los Angeles Medical Department of Animal Control are currently looking after the kitten, who is still regaining strength after the ordeal.
Head of the department Marcia Mayeda said yesterday: "Ni Hao greeted the medical team with his first meows this morning and is attempting to stand."
Officials are now looking for a local cat lover to adopt Ni Hao, whose name means 'hello' in Mandarin.
Although animals must usually remain in quarantine for 60 days upon arriving in the US, Ni Hao may be looked after by a foster family during this time.