Kitten puts the purr into owner’s engine
The purring from a Stanmore Bay resident’s car engine wasn’t quite what it seemed.
More like a plaintive miaow, really.
But luck was on the side of one little six-week-old kitten which got into Greg van der Walt’s Honda Accord motor – and survived a long drive.
Greg was fixing the car with a mate from Silverdale on Monday when the wayward moggie must have climbed into the engine bay.
He drove around Monday night and Tuesday and could hear the miaowing but thought it must be coming from outside the car as he could see nothing in his vehicle.
Late Tuesday night the penny dropped and Glen realised the sound was coming from a plastic airfilter in the engine.
Vet Hayley Loving from Dairy Flats Veterinary Clinic was able to extract the kitten safely with foreceps after Greg had taken the bumper off his car. It had crawled into a small hole, barely 50mm across, and then got stuck around a u-bend.
“The kitten was initially very shocked but is now in great shape,” says Hayley.
A few days later, after being nursed by Cathy Shannon at the vet clinic, the owner of four great danes, a labrador, and three other cats came in, immediately fell in love with the kitten and took him home.
Named Gizzmo, the kitten now lives on a Dairy Flat lifestyle block with Mike Rutherford and wife Krystena who loves her new family addition.
Tight fit: The kitten got inside this small plastic air filter.
Gizzmo: Greg van der Walt of Stanmore Bay found the wayward kitten in his car engine.