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Two-month-old kitten survives 5-mile caper under car bonnett

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

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A TWO-MONTH-OLD stray kitten who endured a frightening five-mile journey under a car bonnet got a new home near Eccleshall for Christmas.

Earlier this month the tiny animal snuggled up to an Alton woman's engine as he looked for a warm place to sleep.

However, the tom cat - named Neville by new owners the Cartmail family - soon found himself on his way to Cheadle.

He was rescued by firefighters and taken into the care of the RSPCA, whose inspector, Laura Bryant, took him in temporarily.

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Neville is now "settling in nicely" to his new home in Woodseaves, near Eccleshall.

Owner Tabitha Cartmail said: "We lost our cat around a month ago and were thinking about getting a new one.

"A veterinary nurse we know was in touch with Laura and asked if we'd like to take this poor little kitten in.

"Nev was clearly a stray as he wasn't used to being around people or living indoors and is still quite nervous. But, after only a week, he's already getting used to our company and is very happy."

Ms Bryant said: "When the financial strain of Christmas starts to hit home, it's not unusual to see unwanted arrivals cast out on to the streets."

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