Have you heard of guard dogs? Meet perhaps the world’s first guard cat. The thieves – a 20-pound calico who lives with her owner in Belden, Mississippi – thwarted a robbery attempt in the early morning hours of July 25. according to Northeast Mississippi Daily JournalFred Everett hears the thieves make a “loud ring meow” between 2:30 and 3 a.m. before you jump on his bed, start pulling his comforter off him, and scratch his arms. Everett was upset because the cat had “never done this before”.
“I said: What’s wrong with the world?” he told the newspaper.
When Everett left his bedroom and turned on the lights in his kitchen, he saw two men outside his house trying to open a back door. One of them was carrying a gun. The other was trying to open the door with a crowbar.
Between Everett’s appearance in the kitchen—and his return to the bedroom to retrieve a 9mm pistol—the would-be thieves fled. “It didn’t turn into a confrontational situation, thank God,” Everett said. “But I think it’s only because of the cat.”
“You hear about guard dogs,” he added. This is a guard cat.
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Everett adopted Bandit from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society in Tupelo, Mississippi, four years ago. He’s been a supporter of the community for a long time and was dropping a donation check when he asked to see what cats were available for adoption. The thieves went home with him that day. Everett told daily newspaper. “The tides can turn. You never know when you’ll save an animal if it’s going to save you.”
It’s rare for cats to come to the rescue, given their reputation for being aloof, but that’s almost unheard of. “Thanks to a frantic cat, an 83-year-old woman was found in Cornwall, England, fallen into a narrow ravine. A neighbour, who was assisting the search crews, was really driving her.” NPR last year. “If it weren’t for the cat waiting at the gate of this field, hours might have passed after I or someone else would have checked in there,” her neighbor, Tamar Longmere, told Sky News. Read on to learn more about hero cats.
“Simon, a black and white ship cat, was awarded the Deakin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – for helping to save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese Civil War in 1949. He protected food pans from invading rats aboard the HMS Amethyst during the siege” BBC. “The brave young man was seriously injured by shrapnel and was greeted when his ship returned to the pier at Plymouth.”
“The mother kittens were cared for after they repeatedly rushed into a burning barn in an attempt to rescue her kittens,” reports NEWSWEEK. “The cat, who was hailed as a hero, had several burns and inhaled smoke. She managed to save one of her cats from the fire.” “This beautiful mom is a hero,” wrote the Facebook group Furget Me Not Animal Rescue. “Mother’s almost wild, so saving Mom definitely cut her hairs off, but kitties like this are exactly why we do the work we do.” If you think you are ready to adopt a cat, visit ASPCA.