December 14, 2016 08:00 AM

If Q-199’s owner is ever found, train conductor Brad Slater wants “visitation rights.”

The Canadian train operator has grown attached to the cat he found nearly frozen under the engine deck of the Q-199 train, according to CTV News, who reported the story.

“It’s just meant to be, it’s a miracle,” said Slater, who discovered the feline during a safety check in Wainwright, Alberta, as temperatures dipped to 40 below. The cat is believed to have been there for up to 12 hours and somehow survived with just a few cuts and a frostbitten ear.

Slater told CTV News that he gave the cat water and food on the train before bringing him to his home in Edmonton, where he’s shown himself to be quite the house cat.

“He’s so affectionate, so lovable and so docile,” Slater said, adding that finding his owner will be bittersweet. “It’ll be hard, I want visitation rights. But it’s the right thing to do, there’s someone out there who’s missing this cat.”

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