Molly, the calico cat, disappeared when her owners were moving. In all the commotion, she was likely nervous and went into hiding. After moving out, her owners came to the house hoping to find Molly every day.
Thinking she must still be around, they left food out. The first day, the food disappeared, a good sign. However, Molly was nowhere to be found.
Sadly, there was no trace of Molly, and the new homeowner was moving in.
New Home with an Invisible Cat
Unable to find Molly the calico, her owners hoped the new homeowner, Glyn Stafford, would keep an eye out. Fortunately, he was willing to do so, buying a home that possibly came with an as-of-yet invisible cat.
When Stafford arrived in the Glossop, Derbyshire home, he placed a little saucer of milk and food out for Molly. However, after many days, the lure of food didn’t work.
Now, Molly’s owners suspected the cat had slipped out of the house undetected. Maybe, she snuck out while Stafford opened a door? If so, they might never see her again.
When Walls Meow
Weeks went by, and still no Molly. Still, Stafford continued the daily ritual of putting out a little food in the kitchen, just in case. Who could say? If she had escaped, perhaps, she, like many pets, would find her way back to her human family somehow?
By now, three weeks went by, and Stafford logically assumed Molly had run away. Surely, she couldn’t have survived for so long without food. Then, one Wednesday, he was shocked when he heard a meowing sound in the kitchen. Possibly, Molly heard the man moving about and at last decided to cry for help.
Still, there was no cat in sight. Somehow, it sounded like Molly the calico was stuck inside the kitchen ceiling, and there was no visible way to get her out.
“I was quite surprised when I heard the meow after all that time and called the RSPCA straight away,” Stafford said.
Fortunately, the new homeowner was a cat lover, as you will see next.
“I have had cats myself so I really wanted her to get out and be safe.”
Firefighters Arrive for Molly the Calico
After calling the RSPCA, officer Jenny Bethel arrived on the scene to help the invisible cat. After looking around, there was no way to get to Molly without damaging the walls or floors.
“The floorboards had to come up to get her but the damage can be repaired,” said Stafford. “The cat’s life is what mattered.”
A Big Effort to Get to Molly
Molly Appears at Last
So, the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service came to help. Then, the kind homeowner gave permission to tear up the floorboards in a bathroom above the kitchen area.
After tearing up the floor, the firefighters were able to see Molly peering out. (see below)
Happy Reunion for Molly the Calico
Fortunately, Molly came out of hiding, and after three weeks, she had somehow survived. Possibly, she got into the walls through a waste pipeline in the kitchen area.
“The RSPCA and fire service did a great job and I was so relieved to see Molly looking so well really even though it appears she hadn’t eaten or had any water for such a long period of time,” Stafford said.
Then, Jenny Bethel took Molly the calico to a veterinarian for a check-up. Amazingly, she was fine but needed a good meal.
“She must have been terrified spending all that time trapped in such a tight spot,” said Bethel. “She looked quite skinny so I took her to a local vet and fortunately she was found to be healthy but in need of feeding up.”
After confirming the kitty was ok, she was on her way back to her family, who feared she would be missing forever.
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All images via RSPCA, screenshot via YouTube