British Cat Travels 130 Miles Under a Vehicle Hood
Some animals enjoy staying home for the holidays; others prefer to hit the open road. A female tortoiseshell cat discovered in London on Christmas Day falls into the second category.
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An unexpected holiday road trip
The cat traveled 130 miles under the hood of a car before the driver was aware it had stowed away. Per the BBC, passersby heard meowing from the engine bay. The driver opened the hood to find the feline.
Though he wasn’t too thrilled about the furry passenger, residents in the flats nearby took care of the cat and calmed it down until the Celia Hammond Animal Trust came to collect it.
The charity’s Facebook post said that the cat is “sweet” and “very friendly,” but unfortunately not microchipped. So, the organization is still trying to find its owner. The only piece of evidence that it has is that the driver started his journey in Birmingham before arriving in East London and driving away.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust encourages locals with information to contact the Canning Town Branch or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. It hopes to reunite the well-traveled cat with its owner very soon.
Safety tips for traveling with a cat
This crazy story is a timely reminder that there are safer places for a cat to ride in than a vehicle’s engine bay. If you own a cat, help ensure that they enjoy the journey and arrive at the destination in one piece by investing in a cat carrier.
When on the road with your feline, make sure to plan out stops at rest areas at certain intervals. That way, your cat can relieve themself via a portable litter box.
Lastly, keep an eye on your cat throughout the trip. While meowing is perfectly normal, any signs of panting could indicate that your pet is experiencing intense anxiety, in which case, you should call your vet.
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Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her husband and their two dogs, motorcycling, visiting her cute nephews and nieces, discovering new memes, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world, researching random things, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.