Marie Travers, from Findon, was surprised when she could not start her car in time for the daily school run.

When she lifted the bonnet, she found a tiny cat causing the trouble by sitting near the battery.

The fearless feline may have used up most of its nine lives earlier by hitching a secret lift from Brighton to Findon in such a hot, cramped spot.

Forget about hens, this brave animal briefly became a battery cat.