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Cat survives 40 mile journey trapped in a car engine bay

Cat survives 40 mile journey trapped under the bonnet of a car cat-wow
© Kaylie Banks - Facebook

Chi, the tabby cat, used up one of her nine lives when she became trapped in an engine compartment, under the bonnet of a neighbour’s car. She survived, but suffered terrible burns and injuries.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 26/06/2019, 20:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:44

The one-year-old kitty from Brighton, East Sussex, is now recovering from life-threatening injuries she sustained during the horrific ordeal.

Stowaway cat is discovered under the car’s bonnet

Kaylie Banks, 30, the cat’s owner, commented that her neighbour had first discovered the stowaway when he was driving his car and noticed strange sounds coming from the engine. He had already travelled 40 miles but couldn’t fathom what the noise was. He pulled over to the side of the road and opened the bonnet of the car, to discover Chi, trapped in front of the engine bay. The cat was very distressed, but the only way to get her out was to remove the front grill from the car.

Tabby cat’s owner is distraught

When Kaylie returned home from work, she couldn’t see her pet kitty anywhere. She searched her house from top to bottom, and even called to the neighbour’s homes to see if perhaps the cat had strayed further from home. It was some time later that one neighbour called to say that he had found her tabby cat trapped under the bonnet of his car.

Cat needs emergency treatment

Once the cat was released from the engine compartment, she was taken to the PDSA, Brighton surgery, where she was given emergency medical care. While her wounds were checked, she was given pain relief to help calm her fears.

Sadie Reece, a student vet nurse with the PDSA, helped to clean and care for Chi's wounds. The injured cat had to undergo an operation to remove the burned and dead flesh, in prevention of any further infections.

Chi is now recovering at home

After the operation the tabby cat was given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to help with the healing process. Thanks to her immediate medical treatment and the care she received from the PDSA staff, Chi is now on the road to recovery. It will be a while before she contemplates another 40 mile journey in any vehicle.