Curiosity didn’t kill Ashlin Hadden’s cat Stripes, but it did get him stuck behind some drywall.
On Sept. 28, Hadden left her home in Noblesville, Indiana, for a business trip to New York. While she was away, she’d arranged for a contractor to reconstruct a bathroom in her house.
“I’m a single mom, and I love my bath,” she told TODAY, adding that in addition to being Stripes’ mom, she’s also the mother to his sister, Cookie, and her two human sons, who are 6 and 10 years old. “So I just wanted a new bathtub, like a taller bathtub, so I could get in the bathtub and actually be under the water.”
As of Friday, Hadden’s Tiktok video has amassed over 2.6 million views. (ashlinhadden via TikTok)
To get the job done, Hadden hired a contractor she’d met on a mission trip in Panama and agreed to allow him access to her place while she was on her trip.
Before leaving, Hadden sent her sons to stay with their dad and prepped the place for her cats with automatic food and water dispensers, as well as litter boxes. She also shut the doors to her bathroom and advised the contractor that she was leaving the cats free to roam the rest of the house.
Upon Hadden’s return from her three-day trip, she looked forward to a nice, relaxing soak in her new tub. She did not anticipate punching through drywall to rescue Stripes within minutes of stepping into her home.
“As I’m sitting here trying to figure out where my cat is, I can hear the cat crying from somewhere in here,” Hadden says in a TikTok video that shows her renovated bathroom, which she posted on Wednesday. It has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times.
Hadden says she knew something was up when a very vocal Cookie, who doesn’t usually meow much, welcomed her home. “I’m like, ‘Man, what’s going on?’ And, ‘Did you guys run out of food?’”
She also couldn’t see Stripes. But she could hear him.
Hadden ran through the house trying to locate the source of his cries. “I’m upstairs, and I’m looking around and hear him meow, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God. He’s behind the wall.’”
Stripes appeared in Hadden’s viral TikTok video about their bizarre reconstruction experience. (ashlinhadden via TikTok)
Hadden rushed to her neighbor’s house to retrieve a drywall-cutting tool and returned to free Stripes. But when she heard the cat cry, she feared that she might be hurting him and decided to punch through the wall instead.
Stripes lept out and, shaken up, …….