When auto mechanic Don Doucette opened the hood of an SUV on Wednesday, he saw a fur ball staring back at him.

A cat, likely, a stray, was stuck in the engine block. The owner of the vehicle brought the SUV in for servicing when she smelled a strong odor of cat urine.

“I just happened to look down at the air box and the headlight and I saw the cat still stuck,” Doucette said. “I didn’t know what to make of it. It freaked me out a little bit.”

Doucette was surprised the orange tabby was still alive.

The cat was taken to Springfield Animal Hospital and treated.

The cat has an injured paw but is expected to fully recover. Hospital staff believes the paw was most likely burned from being in the engine.

If the cat is not claimed it will be put up for adoption.