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The Car engine purrs as Katie Lewis  is reunited with her cat Max after Max travelled under the vehicle from Gristhorpe to Cayton and using up a number of his nine lives.,safe and dry in the car..Picture Richard Ponter 114149c
The Car engine purrs as Katie Lewis is reunited with her cat Max after Max travelled under the vehicle from Gristhorpe to Cayton and using up a number of his nine lives.,safe and dry in the car..Picture Richard Ponter 114149c

A kitten had a lucky escape after riding from Gristhorpe to Cayton in the engine compartment of a car.

Amazingly, Max, who is five months old, was unhurt and owner Katie Lewis, 12, believes he must have “used up one of his nine lives”.

Her dad Mark explained that Katie adopted a stray cat during the snow and ice of last winter, and Max is one of her five kittens.

The stray, christened Whiskas by Katie, became part of the family and Mark was persuaded to keep the kittens when she gave birth.

He said: “Katie pleaded with us to keep them all and persuaded me to renovate the old shed for them to live in, complete with vinyl floor, heat and light.”

However, Max went missing just days before he was due to have a microchip fitted, and the family delivered over 200 leaflets locally in an attempt to find him.

He was eventually found by a family in Cayton, where Katie’s brother was dropped off for a dance lesson the night Max went missing.

Mark said: “After a journey of four miles travelling up to 50 miles an hour only inches from the road, he had climbed down from under the car when it stopped at the dance school and then made his way to a nearby house where the following morning he was taken in.”

He added that Katie is now thrilled to have Max back at home.