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.
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."