A TWO-MONTH-OLD stray kitten subjected to a frightening five-mile journey under a car bonnet has been re-homed in time for Christmas.
The Post and Times reported earlier this month how 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.
After being ‘badly shaken’ by his ordeal, and living on the streets, 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 vetinerary nurse we know was in touch with Laura and asked if we’d like to take this poor little kitten in off the streets.
“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.
“He’s got a big crate where he has his bed, toys and food and has particularly taken to my 14-year-old son, Joseph.
“It’s worked brilliantly and has been a wonderful Christmas present for our family and for little Nev.”
Neville’s name, which was picked by Joseph, has already caused controversy in the Cartmail home.
He wanted to name the kitten after a player from his beloved Stoke City, but could not find one that fit.
So the animal now shares a name with former Manchester Utd players Gary and Phil.
Mrs Cartmail said: “There’s been some controversy about it but he’s definitely not been deliberately named after Gary and Phil.
“It’s a shame there were no Stoke players’ names befitting a little kitten.”
Ms Bryant said she thought Neville may have been abandoned by his old family.
She said: “It’s really sad to see domestic animals living out on the streets in these kind of temperatures and it starts to happen more often in the winter months.
“When the financial strain of Christmas starts to hit home, it’s not unusual to see unwanted arrivals cast out on to the streets.
Anyone interested in offering an animal a new home this Christmas is asked to call the RSPCA on 01538 388604.