"Thank God he saw him," Megan Sorbara, president of the Naples Cat Alliance, tells The Dodo. "He could have run and gotten hit by a car."
While winter may not hit Florida quite as hard as other, more northerly places, temperatures do dip across the state this time of year.
The chill often prompts cats to look for warmth in dangerous places.
"Cats go up into the wheel wells to get warm in winter. He could have done that," Sorbara says. "As soon as he got wet, he popped out."