Once they realized what their cat’s strange behavior was all about, they just couldn’t believe it. Sure, cats are known for being a little odd sometimes, but this was nothing like they’ve ever seen before. They’ve had this cat for close to four years, but this was the first time they’ve seen it do something so strange. But they had no idea that they were about to find out what was triggering these strange behaviors. There were some major changes going on in their household, and the cat felt it.
Not Expecting This Discovery
It had been almost four years since this family had rescued their cat, Trooper. It all started when Alexis Hackney and his family went into their newly-purchased home, as they flip houses for a living. They went on to inspect their newly-acquired residence when they noticed some strange meowing sounds coming from the basement. Strangely enough, there were no cats around…or were they?
Tearing Up That Wall
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The meowing sounds seemed to be coming from inside of one of the walls, but they really didn’t have a clue how that came to be. All they knew is that they needed to help the cat get out, so Alexis’ mom and sister immediately grabbed a sledgehammer and tore off the sheetrock. There he was. A defenseless tiny kitten that seemed to be two weeks old. Alexis remembers, “Her eyes were barely open." But what were they going to do with the cat now?
One Of Us
The family snooped around the house, trying to locate the kitten’s mother, but she was nowhere to be found. Still, they weren’t about to abandon this tiny creature to fend for himself. That’s when they adopted her and named her Trooper. Everyone at the Hackney residence was an animal lover, and soon enough, Trooper became an important member of the family. But there was someone who had a truly special bond with Trooper: 92-year-old Sarah Whaley, who was Alexis’ grandmother.
Grandma Sarah has been living with the Hackneys for over a decade. She had initially moved to help out Alexis’ mom with her kids. “She just kind of stayed,” Alexis said. “She was definitely a major part of our household. She was the matriarch.” But grandma was the biggest animal lover in this family, and she had a special affinity for cats and dogs. So when Trooper was brought home, she immediately became its caretaker.