Car owner Elaine Talbot noticed that her engine was making a funny noise and asked her mechanic neighbour to take a look.
Talbot of Bridgend, Wales was shocked to find a tiny oil-covered kitten beneath the bonnet of the Daewoo Matiz car.
The kitten, nicknamed Shell, is thought to have been trapped in the engine for several days and had survived a number of journeys, including a 14-mile trip, reports Orange News.
After being found, the feline was taken to a nearby cat protection centre.
Rescue worker Sue Dobbs said: "I've heard of puss in boots but this was a puss under the bonnet.
"She was terrified, dehydrated and underweight. However, a warm bath and lots of TLC and she is well on the way to recovery."
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