Cats love getting themselves into unusual situations. For example, we’ve all experienced how our cats can become liquid floofs, getting themselves into odd positions. In this case, a fluffy little black kitten decided the best place to explore his new home was the bathroom. The little kitten probably had instant regret the moment he decided to explore a hole in the wall.
Newly-Adopted Kitten Disappears
Danielle Douglas had just adopted a new eight-week-old kitten only a few hours before, when she realized he had gone missing. She began searching her home in North Shields, North Tyneside, even putting out treats and catnip to entice the kitty out wherever he may be hiding. When she began playing sounds of a mother cat purring, that’s when Douglas started to hear rustling and the sound of small meowing.
“I had an idea to search the internet for mammy cat purring noises that I could play around the flat.,” Douglas said.
After searching the house and listening for his meows, the sounds of his cries led her to the bathroom.
Searching through the bathroom she could hear his little mews, but still couldn’t find him. That’s when Douglas figured out the meowing was coming from inside the wall! Through a small hole near the toilet, the kitten had crawled into the inner wall and couldn’t find his way back out. Immediately, Douglas called the fire department and explained the situation.
“I was beside myself with worry. I thought that the kitten would be petrified as he was just getting used to his new surroundings,” she said. “One minute I was watching him curled up asleep on the floor, the next moment he’d disappeared into thin air!”
Cue the Firefighters!
When the firefighters arrived, they knew just what to do to get the little fluffball out. After taking off some tiles and plasterboard, they found him and he was safely back in Douglas’ arms. The firefighters took great care to walk Douglas through the entire process of what they were doing and how they were doing it to rescue her new pet. Having only been with the kitten for a few hours, he still hadn’t gotten a name yet.
Because of the incident, Douglas decided to name her new black kitten Tubs. Tubs is a pretty cute name! The firefighters even went as far as to check out Douglas’ smoke alarms while they were there.
“They were really gentle with Tubs and made sure that we were both okay before they left,” she said. “They even did a safe and well-check on my smoke alarms on their way out!”
Douglas and Tubs
Station Manager Martin Farrow of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said:
“Throughout the working week our firefighters get dispatched to a variety of different jobs in the community. There’s never one day that is ever the same. This rescue of Tubs the kitten is a perfect example of how our crews use their training and judgement to assess the situation and resolve the matter with this particular incident having a happy ending. It was lovely to see photographs of Tubs and Danielle peacefully reunited.”
A Reminder to Kitten-Proof Your Home
Now, Tubs is doing great and he’s quite a growing boy! The house panther has a wonderful personality and loves to play. Danielle wrote on her Facebook that she is forever grateful for the firefighter’s help and Tubs is happy and healthy.
Now we pause to take a moment and remind everyone to do a house wellness check. If you’re planning on adopting a kitten, watch out for those tiny nooks and crannies and holes they can squeeze their liquid bodies into!
More on kitten-proofing your home here.
Photos via Facebook/ Danielle Douglas