Hitch the pretty 9-month-old kitten somehow survived a 30 mile trip from Tempe to Peoria, Arizona. She hitchhiked inside a car belonging to Ally D’Amore.
“I made no stops,” D’Amore said. “I have no idea how she did it.”
Taking to Facebook, D’Amore began looking for the kitten’s owner, naming her “Hitch.”
“This little one hitched a ride in my car from Tempe to Peoria! I didn’t hear her meows until I parked at my job, can’t believe she survived the drive,” wrote D’Amore.
After arriving at work, D’Amore and a co-worker were shocked to hear what sounded like purring.
“We heard the meows. It was me and my co-worker standing here looking inside the hood thinking she was stuck in the engine block somewhere,” Ally told 12News.
Then, when she looked underneath the car where the meows were coming from, Hitch appeared.
“We were bent down under here trying to look for her because we realized the meows were here, and she came out of this hole,” she said.
Miraculously, the pretty kitty was perfectly fine after the ride.
Since the kitten was very affectionate and wearing a collar, she knew someone would be missing her.
“100% someone’s baby, sweet as can be. Looks about just under a year old, she needs to go back home to her people and I don’t want to just release her in the parking lot.”
Later, Animal Control checked Hitch for a microchip, but the kitten didn’t have one. Fortunately, the kitten’s human was much closer than anybody could have expected.
The Hitchhiker Kitty 👍
The next day, Hitch and her human, Darlene Anaya were reunited. As it turned out, Anaya lives in the same apartment complex as D’Amore.
Possibly, Hitch, whose real name is Cypress, fell from the apartment patio. Then, she must have looked for shelter inside the white car.
“I was so excited to have her back because she’s a little baby. My other cat is so attached to her, and I’m attached to her as well,” said Anaya.
On Facebook, Anaya shared her reaction to seeing Hitch/Cypress all over the local news.
“So my kitten ran away a couple days ago and tell me why she was on the news and is being called the hitchhiker kitty 😂😂 🤦🏽♀️ but other then that I have now found my kitten and she’s safe thanks to the family that found her!”
Now, Cypress will soon have an AirTag on her collar, so she can’t get lost should she decide to hitch a ride again.
Recently, we shared the story of Avis the kitten, who survived a 60-mile trip under the hood of a rental car. However, the story often ends tragically when cats climb under the hood of a car. To prevent unwanted hitchhikers, it’s a good idea to tap the hood, blow the horn, and make some noise before starting the car, particularly in cold weather.
See the story in the video by 12 News below:
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