Imagine sitting in your living room, and you suddenly hear plaintive little meows…or at least you think you do. The sound is muffled and distorted, and even more confusing, you don’t own a cat. What do you do?
If you’re anything like a family in Lancaster, CA, you go to extreme lengths to find the source of that mystifying sound. You might have to tear down a wall or two, but you could end up finding the cutest little kitten.
That’s exactly what happened when a rescue kitten, newly named Houdini, found himself in a tricky situation. A homeowner in California became concerned when they started hearing quiet meows somewhere in their house. Convinced they weren’t hearing things, they spent hours searching everywhere they could. They emptied out closets and cabinets, but they couldn’t find the source of the sound.
Through all that searching, the meows didn’t stop. When there was nowhere else to look, the homeowner had a sudden realization: the kitten was in the wall!
With their ear pressed against the wall and a willingness to do whatever it took to save a life, the selfless homeowner made a sizable hole in their wall. What they found made the property damage completely worth it.
Huddled inside the wall was a tiny, mostly-white kitten. She had one gold eye and one blue eye, and she obviously needed help. With the case of the mystery meows finally solved, the next step was getting the kitten the care she obviously needed. To do that, the original rescuer contacted 16-year-old Alejandra Martinez. While only a teenager, Martinez has a reputation in her community for being a rescue cat expert. She founded her area’s TNR program in 2017, and she’s dedicated to helping ferals and finding kittens good homes.
Martinez gladly took the kitten. She discovered the little rescue was dehydrated, malnourished, and understandably frightened. She helped her regain some strength before passing her on to the rescue staff at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s rescue partner Forgotten Angels.
Shelter staff say there’s no way of knowing exactly how long the kitten was trapped inside the wall or how it got there. They say the mother cat could have been carrying the kitten along the roof near a crack in the wall, and the kitten accidentally fell inside. Whatever happened, Houdini’s great escape happened just in time.
Now that she’s out of the wall and eating like a champ, little Houdini is ready to find her family. She’s available for adoption, and her friends at the shelter say she’s “definitely going to cast a love spell over her new forever family.”