A homeless single mother said she was forced to sleep in her Ford Fiesta with her two sons and their cat for two weeks.
Tracey Maragh's teenage boys had to wash and brush their teeth in a McDonald's toilet and their pet, Domino, lived on the car's parcel shelf.
The 45-year-old and her boys are now 'living on noodles' at a Birmingham Travelodge, having been put up by Birmingham City Council.
Tracey Maragh, 45 (pictured), and her two teenage sons were forced to sleep in her Ford Fiesta for two weeks after falling behind on their rent
But she said they were due to be moved 20 miles away to another branch this weekend, where they would spend Christmas.
However, this would mean her sons would struggle to get to college so the family may move back to the car.
Their nightmare began when they lost their home in Kingstanding on October 17 over rent arrears running to thousands of pounds.
Tracey said she did her best to resolve the situation but was thwarted as she was not the tenancy holder.
She said she approached the council on the day they lost their home but had to live in the Fiesta, parked up outside various parks, because she could not find emergency accommodation.
Her teenage boys had to wash and brush their teeth in a McDonald's toilet and their pet, Domino (pictured), lived on the car's parcel shelf
They finally moved into the Travelodge on November 2.
Birmingham City Council disputed the date on which Tracey asked for help and said she was offered accommodation on the day she made contact, which it said was October 25.
Tracey said: 'It doesn't make me feel good, it's feels like I've failed my kids.
'I would not sleep, I wanted to make sure my kids were safe.'
Tracey, who suffers from arthritis, sat in the driver's seat while one of her children slept in the reclined passenger seat and the other lay across the backseat.
She ripped up cardboard to put in the cat's cage to use as a makeshift litter tray.
Her sons, aged 16 and 17, attend college and had to go to a nearby McDonald's to wash their faces and brush their teeth before they went to class.
'It was a horrible experience,' she said.
'They're teenagers and at that age you don't want that sort of embarrassment and shame.
'I've been trying my best to keep them as stable as I can, they've gone through a lot.'
The 45-year-old and her boys are now 'living on noodles' at a Birmingham Travelodge (pictured), having been put up by Birmingham City Council
In a bid to escape sleeping in the car, Tracey said she and her kids went to sleep on the floor of a relative's storage room but couldn't do it and went back to the vehicle.
She said: 'It makes me feel worthless for the kids more than for myself.
'I've been crying my