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A UK woman thought her beloved cat escaped from her home when she noticed a meow coming from underneath her newly renovated bathtub. The woman was both appalled and relieved to discover that her cat was not lost at all – just trapped behind a newly laid tile. Needless to say, she may opt for a new contractor next time!
Trish Ellis went out for work as usual one morning. She hired contractors to do some renovations while she was away, including fixing a broken tile and a leak in her bathroom. It was a normal day as any, until she returned home from work and could not find her cat, The Telegraph reports.
Ellis said that her cat Boo, a Russian Blue, usually greets her at the door when she comes home. This day, however, Boo was nowhere to be found. Ellis tried to remain calm as she began meticulously searching the house.
After searching every nook and cranny of her home, Ellis became worried. She thought Boo may have escaped, but thought she should check the house once more. She then remembered that the builders had been renovating that morning and went to the bathroom to search again.
Ellis hired the builders to fix a leak in her tub, which required removing a tile to reach the plumbing. Ellis put her ear to a tile and heard a faint meow from behind the tile. After nearly fainting, she began meowing back to her cat, trying to let him know that everything was going to be okay.
Ms. Ellis told the Telegraph that she was unsure of how to get him out. After calling the builder (who laughed heartily) she began to chisel her friend free using a breadknife and a screwdriver. Ms. Ellis followed his instructions, breaking tile and freeing her friend Boo – not to mention breaking a nail in the process.
Boo was happy to be set free and seemed perfectly calm considering the circumstances. Mostly, Boo felt very indignant at such treatment from the builders.
In regards to the builders return, Ms. Ellis told the Telegraph that she hoped in future they would keep the cat out of the way while they were renovating.