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'Hitchhiker' cat makes long trip from Stevenage to Clacton stuck in car grille

'Ford' was found in the grille of the car. Credit: RSPCA

A cat is recovering after getting stuck in the grille of a family's car.

It's thought the male tabby might have been trapped for up to two days before the owner of the Ford Focus noticed after arriving in Clacton for a holiday.

Steven Kane had driven about 80 miles from Stevenage, but said he wasn't sure when the "little hitchhiker" had got on board.

The AA were called to dismantle the car to free the cat who was "very smelly and very hungry" following his ordeal.

RSPCA staff have nicknamed the cat 'Ford' and are now trying to reunite him with his owner.

He will have to have his tail amputated - although its not clear whether the injury is connected to him getting stuck in the vent or not.

RSPCA staff are now trying to reunite 'Ford' with his owner. Credit: RSPCA

“Luckily, the cat didn’t appear to be injured but he was well and truly trapped. We contacted the AA who came out to carefully dismantle the car by taking out the headlights and bumper and freeing the poor moggy," RSPCA inspector Lucy Brennan said.

"He was very smelly and very hungry. The AA explained that even if the cat had been trapped when the motorist was driving the car, luckily the area he was in has no moving parts and doesn’t get hot when the engine is on. Having said that, it must have been quite an ordeal for poor Ford.”