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The purr-fect match – driver who found kitten hidden in car engine adopts plucky Chorley feline

Written by on August 3, 2022

A woman who discovered a kitten hitchhiking in her car engine has returned to Chorley to adopt the pet for herself.

Edwina Hodkinson, 58 from Bury heard the “scrap of a kitten” crying from what she mistook as the bushes but found it curled up under the bonnet of her car. After a lengthy rescue mission involving help from the local experts, she was able to leave the female kitten in the safe hands of the staff at Pinewood vets.

The medical herbalist regularly commutes to Chorley for weekly classes at the Harmony Hub – which is when she discovered the feline friend hiding in her car. At the time she shared the news across various Facebook pages in the hopes of finding an owner, or someone who would be willing to give her a forever home.

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Edwina says the loss of her own cat, Boots, who she had for nine years still had her and partner Pete heartbroken. But the events of last week had her believing the universe was giving her “a sign”.

“We’ve just been both so heartbroken at losing boots, but when I saw her I looked into her eyes and it just felt like she was a gift from the universe and I thought, well, you know, it’s important that we took her back and my partner was absolutely delighted because he was heartbroken,” She said.

“Seeing her face to face first time- because all I saw was just this little scrap run out of the car with sort of everybody else in pursuit so I didn’t actually get to see when the vets took her out because I was teaching a class. But when I saw how she’d been cleaned up and she was obviously being given a lot of love by the vets.

After loosing their cat Boots, Edwina and Pete hadn’t planned to get another kitten so soon (Edwina Hodkinson)

“She was so frightened when she came out and the vets had lots of scratches on her arm and bite marks but there she was cuddling and, you know, she sounds like she’s done an amazing job in transforming this dirty feral little kitten. I realised that sometimes there are greater forces at work than we realise.

“It seems too much of a coincidence that having lost boot six days before the kitten turned up, in my mind, it just felt like it was a gift from the universe. It’s just that realisation that this higher force is at work- she was just a gift, and, you know, meant to be with us, seeing how beautiful she was and how she stumbled into me.”

Having spent almost a week trying to see if anyone would claim the kitten, Edwina says the fact that no one did, was another indicator that this kitten was meant to be hers. “I put posts around all the local lost cats pages, and nobody claimed and I knew that she would have no trouble finding a home at all,” Edwina said.

The couple adopted the kitten from Pinewood vets in Chorley (Edwina Hodkinson)
The couple adopted the kitten from Pinewood vets in Chorley (Edwina Hodkinson)

“But yes, I think I think that was the sign as well because had somebody claimed I’d have just been happy that she’d have you know, found a family again. So yeah, and it just felt like she was meant to be with us.

“We are still are upset about loosing Boots but we’ve just had this little gift and I just feel as though it’s the universe saying that you know it’s all right and where there is death and loss of one cat there is rebirth as well.”

Edwina has had the kitten for just over two days now and says she’s already settled in well, and found her favourite spot in the house. As a professional photographer, Edwina’s partner Pete has been using his skill to snap up pictures of the “photogenic kitten”

“She’s still getting used to us and is needing a lot of love. She’s taken to plant a plant pot and she spent half the night in that curled up and then she snuggled up. So she’s been playing, now she’s sort of finding her fee and has been doing a lot of playing, playing with everything.”

The kitten's favourite spot in the house has been a plant pot (Edwina Hodkinson)
The kitten’s favourite spot in the house has been a plant pot (Edwina Hodkinson)

The couple have named the kitten Tara after a magical location in Ireland and say that she’s already gathered a lot of attention on social media.

“We felt that she was a gift from the other world and like the name Tara, we thought about Tara in Ireland because it’s this magical place and I think that was why, it was just it just wanting to capture that magic,” Edwina added.

“Everybody on social media, all our friends, knew how heartbroken we were, and we’ve just been posting lots of pictures, keeping people up to date with you know how Tara is doing and people just so besotted by her, they’re absolutely besotted by the story and we just get so much response.”

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