Christina Cannistraci of Milford got more options than she wanted on her rental car.
Over the past few days she thought she heard a soft meowing, but she could not determine where it was coming from.
Last night, Christina and a friend were coming out of a local coffee shop when they both could hear faint meowing. They tracked it down to the engine compartment, said Gregory Carman, a Fire Department captain.
The Milford Fire Department responded with Engine 6, manned by Lieutenant Gavin O’Brien, and firefighters Luke Kyer and Brett Corris, who spent the next 40 minutes playing hide-and-seek with the small scared kitten as it ran around the car’s engine compartment.
After what seemed like an eternity, the kitten was caught and handed over to Christina.
The kitten seems to be about 14 weeks old and in good health, but it is unknown how long she has been in the car or where she first got in. The car was rented out of New Haven.
Christina stopped by the firehouse Thursday morning to thank the firefighters and show them how well her new, and as yet unnamed, adopted kitten is doing, Carman said.
Milford Animal Hospital has offered to give the kitten a free examination to check on its present health and assist Christina with any additional care if needed, Carman said.