VIDEO: Cat stuck in car engine
THEY say that cats have nine lives, and this moggy was lucky not to lose one of them.
If it hadn't been for the black and white creature's constant meowing he would never have been discovered by mum-of-one Annalise Smith.
Mrs Smith was walking up her driveway at her Gendros home when she suddenly heard the noise.
The 34-year-old, of Pentregethin Road, who was with her six-year-old daughter Kayla, started searching high and low for the source.
She was later suddenly struck with the awful thought that the cat was stuck inside her husband Paul's van engine.
Mrs Smith said: "My husband took the van out on Monday morning — the cat is lucky he's not toast. That could have killed him."
She added: "I had come home with my daughter and as I walked up the drive I heard a meow and couldn't quite figure out where it was coming from.
"I thought the cat was at the neighbour's house at first but then I realised the noise was definitely coming from my husband's van.
"I looked under the van but still no cat and I looked inside on the seating area and there was no cat but it still sounded like the animal was very close."
She added: "I told my husband I think there's a cat in your engine. Low and behold there was the cat stuck in the engine, it's head was lodged in an awkward position all we could see was its bottom."
Mrs Smith said she alerted the RSPCA but said she was told to phone the fire brigade to stage a cat rescue after trying to take bits off the van to try and free him.
"They started taking bits out and they did manage to get the cat out of the engine," she added.
"He was smothered in oil. My daughter was waiting next to the firemen to put him in a box.
"We took him into the garden and gave him milk, the cat was very different towards my daughter and he was very affectionate."
The cat is believed to be 10 years old and was wearing a flea collar.
It is currently being cared for by a vet.
Steps were being taken yesterday to clear the engine oil from its fur.
Mrs Smith added: "He was a vulnerable little thing.
"I have to admit the fire service were absolutely great.
"I just hope he gets back to his real family."
A fire service spokesman confirmed the Swansea Central crew attended the incident on Monday just after 2pm.
He said: "We were there for around 15 minutes."
Anyone who owns the lucky cat is asked to get in touch with the Evening Post on 01792 514615.
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