Gil Smith drove 75 miles from his home in Gilbert, Ariz., to Kearny, Ariz., for business. When he got out of the truck, he heard a cat in distress and realized it was his.
Bella had taken a nap on the truck's spare tire, which sits on a frame under the truck. Smith said Bella was hysterical, shaky, dehydrated and tired, but otherwise OK.
"I have to admit when she got out of that truck, she was kind of like a drunken sailor," Smith said. "She didn't have her sea legs yet."
According to Smith, Bella was smart enough to stay on the tire as the truck was moving.
"She had an opportunity to jump out from there, [but] she would have been so far from home we would have lost her," he said. "The fact that she stayed so close to the truck saved her."
Smith said he has added a new step to his morning routine.
"I check that truck," he said. "Every time I back out of the driveway, I look at that wheel well."