Couple find stray cat and four kittens hidden under the floorboards
A couple that live in Frinton, Essex were shocked to find a stray cat and her kittens (not pictured) beneath the floorboards of their home. They alerted the RSCPA after they heard "miwoing" and echoing around their bungalow.
Sue and Brian Dave were living without a problem in their bungalow in Frinton, Essex when all of a sudden they started hearing strange noises. Puzzled by the sounds they went searching and found a cat in their loft. They called the RSPCA who came to investigate. The RSPCA found a stray cat. Still though, the next day the strange noises continued and after summoning the fire brigade they discovered a kitten that was trapped under the floorboards. This was only the start though.
In total, fire-fighters rescued 4 kittens that were trapped under the floorboards and between the lounge wall and the cavity. They used tools including specialist listening equipment and also a snake eye camera that could be fitted beneath the floor boards to find out exactly what was going on.
It is believed that the mother crept into the loft to have the litter and unfortunately the kittens fell through the holes in the ceiling.
Sue commented that “It was weird. I was just sitting having a coffee on Friday night and I heard noises coming from the loft.
“Me and Brian went up and checked but we could only see the cat. We phoned the RSPCA and they came round the next day.
“We still couldn’t find the kittens and then the firefighters were called in and we found them scattered around the house.
“One was under the floorboards and then another three were found in the wall.
“We have a dog called Roxy and she wasn’t too happy about having cats in the house.
“It was a strange feeling knowing that there were cats in our walls and we had no idea how to get them out.
“Apparently the mum had been climbing from our neighbours’ roof to ours and then she had found a way into the loft.”
“I must say the fire brigade did an absolutely brilliant job.
“They were working on getting the cats out for about five hours, maybe even longer.
“Two of them are going to take the kittens in when they are older.
“The mum is going to be rehomed as well which is nice because she was a stray beforehand.”
The kittens have now been ruinted with their mother and they are currently in care at the local RSPCA centre.
Paul Nash from the fire service said that “A stray cat had got into the loft of the bungalow and had a litter.
“The kittens had some how managed to drop down one-by-one from a hole in the loft and gone into the cavity wall and then got underneath the floorboards.
“The occupants of the bungalow were extremely grateful for all our efforts.
“Two of the firefighters involved in the rescue have put their names down to rehome two of the litter when they are ready to leave their mum.”
Photo: Keller Holmes