A cat in Austria went through a car wash after getting stuck in her owner's car.

''I have no idea how she got wedged in there - but they had to get the local automobile club to free her. I had to drive there - very slowly.''

The feline, Murli, shrieked as her owner Reinhold Pratl pulled up at the car wash following a 20-minute drive, but he put it down to a noise coming from the engine before accidentally giving the four-legged-friend a shampoo and blow dry.

He later discovered his moggy stuck in the car's bumper when he was filling up with fuel after going through the car wash.

He said: ''Murli was still wet when she came out and smelled of shampoo - I put her in a box in the boot to take her home.

''I have no idea how she got wedged in there - but they had to get the local automobile club to free her. I had to drive there - very slowly.''