VETS in Penzance are desperately trying to unlock the mystery of a mobile moggy - that hitched a ride in a stranger's car.
The travelling tortoiseshell was found by a Penzance motorist who'd left his car parked on the Prom with the windows open because of the hot weather.
Initially thinking it must be a local, he carried the footloose feline to the nearby Regents Court Veterinary practice, where they agreed to check it over and scan it for an identity chip.
Trudy Hayman, a qualified nurse at the practice said: "Unfortunately the cat was not micro chipped so its owner could not be identified. We went through our records... but to no avail."
Later that day the motorist returned and said that, having seen the amount of fur on his back seat, the cat may have come from further away than Penzance.
"The driver had driven from the Bodmin area with several stops on the way down to Penzance," said Trudy.
"This little cat could belong to someone between Penzance and Bodmin we just don't know. We are caring for it at the moment but think that her owners would really like her back as she's such a sweet cat.
"I guess this really does show the importance of microchipping your animal for identification just in case they decide to take a little holiday somewhere new!"
If you have lost a small, quite dark, young tortoiseshell cat that likes to travel or know of someone who has please contact Regent Court Veterinary practice on 01736 368768 and help solve the mystery of the travelling cat.