Purr-fect ending | Cat and four kittens rescued from car engine

A cat and 4 tiny kittens rescued from inside a car engine in Las Vegas. (Kelsey Thomas | KSNV)

Two Las Vegas Valley Humane Society volunteers rescued a cat and her four kittens hiding under a car’s hood.

It all started when a woman heard curious cat sounds coming from her roommate’s engine.

It happened Tuesday night in a parking lot outside a condominium near Arville Street and Pennwood Avenue.

The kittens are younger than two weeks old. Their tiny squeaks likely saved their lives.

“The woman opened up the hood of the car and you could see momma cat and the kittens,” explained Michael White.

The woman called the Humane Society and White, a volunteer, got the rescue call.

White and his girlfriend, Sheila Cerami, rushed to the parking lot.

“Had the roommate gone out there and started the car, it wouldn't have ended well,” explained White.

Cerami slid underneath the car and found the cat and her four kittens hiding inside the engine.

She carefully grabbed the frightened fuzz balls but had to coax the momma cat with White’s help.

“We put the kittens into the carrier and then used this trap. We placed the trap up against the carrier and on the door and that allows momma to see and smell the kittens, but to get to them, she has to walk into the trap,” said White.

Terri Morton, Executive Director for the Humane Society, says these kinds of rescues aren’t that unusual.

“They're looking for somewhere dark, dark and safe to hide their kittens,” said Morton.

While this particular rescue has a happy ending, Morton says that’s not always the case.

“While kittens are cute, very few of them survive. A kitten's chance of survival is 50/50 when you snatch them up,” she explained.

That’s because newborn kittens need milk from their mother.

“For young kittens like this, the best caretaker is going to be the mother,” noted White.

White and Cerami say they will foster the cat and her four kittens until they’re old enough to be adopted.

White and Morton say the rescue is a good reminder to spay or neuter your pet, which will help control pet homelessness in the Las Vegas Valley.

It’s a problem that results in healthy dogs and cats being euthanized every year because there aren’t enough permanent and foster homes to go around.

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