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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Where's the most uncomfortable place to sit on a long car ride? Middle seat? Behind a long-legged driver? Nope.

One First Coast Cat rode all the way to work with his owner in the car's engine compartment.

"Help! Get me out of here," owner Dave Kluga imagined his cat saying from the engine compartment.

OK, he didn't quite say that.

But cat George the 3rd made let his owner David Kluga know he was not a happy passenger on his drive to work.

"I took 17 to 95 to 295, got off at Belfort Road, and then all of the sudden I started hearing a meow! And I start looking around ... I was looking in the rear view mirror, trying to see if there's a cat in the backseat, reaching under my seat as I'm driving. I turned off the radio," said Kluga.

But when the meowing wouldn't stop, Kluga did.

Pulling his car over just in time to find George the 3rd.

"I jumped out of the car and opened the hood and there's my cat! Right in the engine compartment," he said.

George the 3rd had made himself comfortable in a small space next to the engine.

"He was sitting with his butt here, and his legs stretched out this way," he said.

Sounds cozy, right?

But if stress causes hair loss, the now furry engine compartment seems to show that poor George was a little on edge.

And it wasn't over yet.

"After the 30-minute trip, he had another long ordeal of another 8 hours at work," he said.

When George finally hitched a ride home, he got to sit shotgun.

Though Kluga's not convinced that's where he belongs.

"He's my engine riding cat! The only engineer cat I've ever seen," he said.

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