Cat called Tom Jones survives 230-mile trip after being trapped in car engine
A cat used one of its nine lives after it was found hiding under a car bonnet 230 miles away from home.
The moggy named’Tom Jones, after the Welsh singer’, travelled from South Wales to Leeds, West Yorkshire – a four-hour car journey.
The driver said they heard his engine purring, but it wasn’t until he got to his destination that he saw the grease-covered cat in there.
The motorist tried to coax him out with food but when that failed he called the RSPCA.
Miraculously, the six-week-old black and white kitty was unharmed despite going on the adventure on August 12.
RSPCA Animal Rescue Officer Rebecca Goulding said: “I managed to reach the poor kitten and bring him to safety.
“He was absolutely covered in grease but thankfully had no injuries so he’s a very lucky cat.
“The caller explained that they’d heard a strange noise all the way from South Wales and had assumed it was something wrong with the engine.
“That means the kitten must have been stuck there for about four hours.
“He’s so lucky to have not been burnt or injured.
“He’s definitely used up one of his nine lives on the trip.”
Rebecca took the kitten home that night so she could monitor him for a few days.
She named the cat Tom Jones – after the Welsh singer – whose hits include “What’s New Pussycat?”.
He is doing very well in the care of the RSPCA Halifax branch now.
Rebecca added: “We would urge motorists to take some simple steps to make sure there are no intrepid moggies seeking shelter under their car before they switch on their engines and drive away.
“A quick look under the car and a tap on the bonnet should help to reveal a hiding cat.
“Make sure to wait a few moments to give any cat time to crawl out before deciding if it’s safe to switch on the engine.
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“Often cats will be able to crawl out themselves but sometimes something may scare them or they may snuggle into a very tight spot within the car and unfortunately become trapped under the bonnet.”
It is unknown whether Tom belonged to someone or whether he is a stray cat.
However, if anyone recognises him and is missing a pet, they are urged to contact the animal charity.