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24 Times Cats Surprised Humans With Their Heroic Acts

Felines may not have the best reputation among pet animal friends, despite their fluffy and charming appearance. While some individuals (including pet cat owners) may characterize them as greedy, heartless, and frigid, we at Gidypet don’t believe in attributing attributes to entire groups of animals, particularly negative stereotypes. We actually enjoy shattering them.

So here’s a collection of stories using adorable kittens as the protagonists. Whether it’s a fire, a bully, or a creeping illness, the intelligent animals featured in this post demonstrate that they’re more than what society perceives them to be and that they can fight back such prejudices. These gorgeous felines are here to ensure that the reputation of their kind is not only good, but excellent. Of course, you shouldn’t have high expectations for your feline partner, but keep in mind that some of these magnificent beasts are superhero-worthy. Oh, and don’t forget to vote and leave comments for your favorites!

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#1 Tiger, a kitty who saved her 97-year-old owner from 4 pit bulls

Sophie Thomas, a 97-year-old lady, was attending to her flowers in the garden when she was suddenly surrounded by a neighbor's 4 pit bulls. As the dogs circled woman and tried to lunge at her, an unexpected helper jumped into action. The senior woman's cat Tiger took the dogs' attention and sped away towards the garage, giving Thomas enough time to retreat to her house. The scared woman washed her wounds in the sink, waiting for Tiger to return. The heroic kitten made it back in one piece and the neighbors quickly apologized for the dogs' actions, claiming that they were "just playing".

The 97-year-old lady Sophie Thomas was in her flowers garden when four pitbull dogs of her neighbor invaded and surrounded the poor woman. As the dogs cornered the woman and attempted to lunge at her, an unexpected ally stepped in. Tiger - her cat, attracted the dogs' attention and bolted for the garage, giving Thomas enough time to flee to her home. Waiting for Tiger to return, the terrified woman treated her wounds in the sink. The brave kitten came back in one piece, and the dogs' owners instantly apologized, stating that they were "only playing".

#2 Masha, the cat who kept an abandoned baby safe and warm and meowed for people’s attention

When Irina - a citizen of Obninsk city, heard the communal cat meow, she anticipated to find something along the lines of "the poor critter is hurt," but that is not what she uncovered when she examined the noise. Masha (the cat) saw a baby boy abandoned in a cardboard box and responded to him as if he were her own. She climbed into the box to warm the baby while meowing to alert passers-by to the fact that something was wrong. The baby was soon taken to the hospital, where he was found to be healthy and in wonderful condition. What about Masha? She was welcomed as a local hero and lavished with affection as well as countless food offerings.

#3 Scarlett, a cat who rescued her kittens from a fire, suffering severe burns in the process

A fire broke out in a vacant garage in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1996. Everyone was relieved that no one was hurt when the New York City Fire Department arrived and promptly put out the fire. However, one of the firefighters, David Giannelli, observed a cat taking small kittens away from the garage one by one after the flames had died out. Scarlett, the cat, was seriously injured, and her injuries were written in detail: "Her eyes were blistered shut, her ears and paws burned, and her coat highly singed [,] the majority of her facial hair had been burnt away"." Despite the discomfort, the firemen saw the feline mother stroke each kitten on the head with her nose to make sure they were all there because her eyes were blistered and she couldn't see. Scarlett and her kittens were promptly adopted by three families once they recovered. People were in awe of Scarlett's bravery, and she became a worldwide celebrity who drew attention from the media all around the world. Scarlett died in 2008, but her tale lives on in the many children's and non-fiction books that have been published about her.

#4 Smudge, a kitty who chased off bullies who were attacking her 5-year-old owner

When Ethan, a 5-year-old, was bullied by a group of guys, his mother was on her way to investigate after seeing her son being shoved to the ground through the window. When she got to the front yard, however, she saw Smudge, their 4-year-old cat, rush into action and hiss and claw at the bullies. Sarah Fenton, Ethan's mother, stated, "I happened to discover this little child lay on his back on my lawn in tears with a cat sitting on his tummy!" Smudge was hailed as a hero by his family when the bullies learned their lesson and fled defeated.

#5 Tara the hero cat that saved a 4-year-old that was attacked by the neighbor’s dog

The security camera footage of a dog approaching and viciously attacking a youngster and pulling him off his bike went viral a few years ago. The lethal situation took a surprising turn when Tara, the household cat, attacks the assailant seconds after the action takes a horrific turn, body-slamming the canine off the 4-year-old Jeremy. Tara runs back to the kid to check on him after chasing away the neighbor's dog. Jeremy required ten stitches but recovered well, thanks in large part to Tara, whom he referred to as his hero. Scrappy, the dog who attacked Jeremy, was eventually euthanized after being declared dangerous. Tara has already won a number of honors for her bravery, including the Special Award For Cat Achievement and the "Hero Dog" award.

#6 Tom, a 24-year-old cat who discovered his owner’s cancer

Cats not only have acute senses that help them in hunting, but they can also perceive things that humans cannot. Sue McKenzie's life was saved by one of these abilities in 2014. Sue was upset at first when Tom, the cat she'd had for two decades, changed his demeanor from aloof to continuously tapping the back of her neck and meowing. However, because the cat persisted, the owner decided to have the area inspected. Doctors quickly revealed she had Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a malignant tumor beneath her skin. Tom returned to his regular distant self as soon as McKenzie went to the doctor. The woman underwent cancer therapy and was eventually certified cancer-free.

#7 Pwditat, the Seeing-Eye cat for his blind Labrador Retriever friend, Tervel

Pets are heroes to many people, not just humans. Judy Godfrey-Brown of Holyhead, North Wales, is the proud owner of Tervel, a brown Labrador Retriever who has cataracts. As a result, he would frequently strike things and injure himself, making him hesitant to leave his doggie bed. Judy took in a stray cat named Pwditat, who didn't get along with other cats but took to Tervel right away. It was as if Pwditat sensed Tervel's blindness and took it upon himself to cuddle with him and guide him about the home and outside with his paws.

#8 Homer, a blind cat that saves its owner from a house burglar

Jessi-cat isn’t the only hero cat to have a book written about her. Homer, the blind black house “wonder cat” also had his life eternalized in book form. The story goes that Gwen Cooper rescued a blind kitten that had its eyes removed due to a serious infection. She named the cat after the blind Greek author Homer. One night Cooper woke up to Homer, who is generally an easy-going cat, stood up and hissing at a burglar in her room. Homer then jumped at the intruder, viciously scratching and biting him, making him flee the scene. Inspired by this, Gwen later wrote a memoir about his heroic deed and life.

Jessi-cat isn’t the only hero cat to have a book written about her. Homer, the blind black house "wonder cat," also had her story published. Gwen Cooper allegedly rescued a blind cat whose eyes had been removed owing to a dangerous illness. Homer, the blind Greek poet, was the inspiration for the cat's name. Cooper awoke one night to see Homer, her normally laid-back cat, standing up and hissing at a thief in her apartment. Homer then jumped at the intruder, clawing and biting him mercilessly, forcing him to escape the scene. Gwen was then inspired to write a biography about his brave deed and life.

#9 Pudding, the orange Maine Coon mix who saved her owner from a diabetic seizure by running to get help

Amy Jung took her son Ethan to the Door County Humane Society shelter in Wisconsin to play with the cats. She wasn’t planning on adopting any of them, but ended up going home with two: Wimsy and Pudding. That night, Amy experienced a diabetic seizure, when Pudding jumped to swat and nibble on her nose in hopes of waking her up. Once conscious, Amy struggled to call out for her son Ethan, but he was dead asleep. Pudding reacted to his owner’s cry for help and ran to wake Ethan up. He was able to provide the necessary medical attention. After the incident, Amy registered Pudding as a service animal and now goes everywhere with him.

#10 Koshka, the military cat that helped a soldier overcome their struggle with depression & suicidal thoughts

Sgt. Jesse Knott was sent to a military outpost in Hutal, Afghanistan, that also housed a few stray cats. With his contagious attitude and lively nature, one cat, in particular, Koshka, was clung to Knott. Sgt. Knott formed a relationship with Koshka, treating to his wounds and protecting him from the area's severe animal cruelty culture. Two of Sgt. Knott's men were killed in a suicide assault one day, and he went into deep despair and began to consider suicide. He became so depressed that he began plotting his own death.

Knott was alone with his thoughts when Koshka purred, rubbed its head against him, and patted the sergeant's cheek with his paw. Koshka was shielding him from his own thoughts, just as Sgt. Knott was shielding him from torture. When it came time for the troops to return home, Sgt. Knott couldn't bear the thought of leaving Koshka behind to suffer the expected abuse, so he planned to bring her with him. Sgt. Knott's parents now reside with Koshka in Oregon City, and Knott pays him frequent visits.

#11 Dr. Leon Advogato, the cattorney who inspired the launch of an animal rights institute

Dr. Leon Advogato, a stray cat that was wandering about the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB), was recently featured on Gidypet. People were registering complaints and urging the OAB to remove it since cats had no place in such a serious organization. The OAB, on the other hand, was of a different mind, and simply employed the cat as a lawyer. To show how serious they are about this choice, he even has an adorable employment badge! Dr. Leon went on to inspire OAB's plans to establish Instituto Dr. Leon, an animal rights organization dedicated to assisting injured and abandoned animals.

#12 Luna, the cat who saved a family of 8 from a fire

Dalmatians are firefighting dogs by tradition. However, here’s a cat that could probably do as good of a job as the dalmatians would! Luna the outdoor cat saved the Chappell-Roots, a family of 2 adults and 6 kids, from a house fire. Emily, the mother, was sleeping one night when Luna began playing with and gnawing on her feet. At first, Emily thought that Luna had brought a present for the family, which she would have to deal with so that kids wouldn’t be scared to go to the living room. Moments after leaving the bedroom and reaching the stairs, the mother noticed a fire coming from the kitchen. She immediately round up the kids and ran outside. If it wasn’t for Luna, it could have ended tragically for the family. A GoFundMe campaign was started to help the family get back on their feet.

#13 Jessi-Cat, the furry feline therapist for a boy with selective mutism

Lorcan Dillon, a young boy from Trafford, has selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult to express himself in specific situations and with certain people. Jessi-Cat, a bluepoint Birman, was brought home in hopes of helping Lorcan relieve anxiety and become comfortable with social situations. And it worked. Lorcan often cuddles with Jessi-Cat, strokes her, talks to her and even says “I love you, Jessi-Cat”. Kitty therapy helped him grow comfortable with talking to other people and even reading to his teachers. Unfortunately, Jessi-Cat passed away in June, 2019, but her impact on Lorcan’s life was so great that she had a book written about her and even had a plaque installed on her home in Trafford, acknowledging her as “the cat who helped a boy find his voice”.

Lorcan Dillon, a young Trafford boy, suffers from selective mutism, an anxiety disease that makes it difficult for him to communicate in particular settings and with specific people. Lorcan was brought home with Jessi-Cat, a bluepoint Birman, in the hopes of helping him overcome his nervousness and become more comfortable in social situations. And it was successful. Lorcan frequently hugs, rubs, and speaks to Jessi-Cat, even saying "I love you, Jessi-Cat." Kitty therapy assisted him in being more comfortable speaking with others and even reading to his instructors. Jessi-Cat died away in June of this year, but she made such an influence on Lorcan's life that she had a book written about her and a memorial installed in her honor in Trafford, acknowledging her as “the cat who helped a boy find his voice”.

#14 Tommy, the cat who reportedly called 911 to his incapacitated owner

Gary Rosheisen adopted Tommy in order to help him manage his high blood pressure, but he had no clue that the cat would end up saving his life in such a dramatic way. Police decided to call back after receiving a 911 call followed by nothing. When no one answered the phone, the department dispatched Officer Patrick Daugherty to investigate. Daugherty was left scratching his mind for quite some time after discovering what he did inside the caller's home. "I know it sounds kind of weird," the officer said, as upon entering the house he saw Tommy the cat by the phone making him believe that it was the feline who called 911. Gary Rosheisen was on the floor, unable to reach out for help. Rosheisen reported that he was trying to teach Tommy to call 911, but was never sure if the kitty learned. Well, I guess his question was answered in the direst situation. "He's my hero," Rosheisen was reported saying.

#15 Missy, a cat who sensed cancerous cells in her owner’s body

In 2013, a tabby from Newcastle began acting strangely. She kept pawing at Angela Tinning's chest and wouldn't stop, even when it became irritating. Tinning was so taken aback by the cat's conduct that she went to the clinic, where malignant cells were discovered in her body. Tinning underwent surgery to remove the cancerous cells and declares Missy to be her personal hero.

#16 Blake, the cat that helps its owner deal with brain-induced seizures

Glen Schallman suffers from a number of uncommon neurological disorders. As a result, he has daily seizures that are potentially fatal. Schallman suffered a seizure in his sleep one night. Blake, his favorite cat, leaped onto his bed and began chewing on his feet, waking him awake and saving his life. Mr. Schallman seems unaffected by the seizures, but Blake appears to be aware of them and takes action when necessary. Schallman has survived long enough to become the oldest person with this uncommon brain disease, thanks to Blake.

#17 Schnautzie, the cat who saved its owners from a gas leak at home

Black cats have a terrible reputation due to the numerous myths that surround them. Schnautzie the black cat, on the other hand, is here to disprove them. Greg and Trudy Guys decided to acquire a puppy from the neighborhood pet store. They couldn't take their gaze away from a specific black kitten, so they ended up with it instead. Trudy was awoken in the middle of the night by light taps on her nose six months later. Schnautzie was waking her up and suspiciously sniffing about. Trudy became aware of a strange hissing noise coming from the basement. They quickly realized that a gas pipe had ruptured and was rapidly filling the house with gas. The couple quickly left and contacted the fire department. According to firefighters, an explosion would have resulted if the furnace or water heater had gone on automatic mode.

#18 Faith, the church cat of St. Augustine’s church in London who protected her offspring from an air raid

In 1936, Father Henry Ross welcomed an unexpected guest to St. Augustine's Church in London: a stray cat. Father Ross permitted her to stay at the church after receiving no response to announcements of a lost cat, and she was given the name Faith. Faith continued to attend sermons for the following four years, and she even gave birth to a cat named Panda. In 1940, she began pleading with her father to let her into the church cellar so she could bring her cat with her. Faith insisted on taking Panda back to the cellar by the scruff of its neck while Father Ross continued fetching Panda from the crypt. The upper section of St. Augustine's Church was damaged during an airstrike on September 9th as part of the Blitz attack on Central London. Father Ross returned to discover Faith and Panda safe and sound in the basement ruins.

#19 Sally, a tabby who saved her 49-year-old owner from a burning house

Craig Jeeves, a 49-year-old man, was sleeping when his house caught fire in the middle of the night. He was suddenly startled awake by Sally, his rescue cat, who pounced on his head and meowed until he stood up. At least eight fire teams battled the flames that finally destroyed Craig's home, but due to his favorite cat, he was able to escape alive and unhurt. According to reports, the guy adopted Sally a year before the tragedy, and she repaid the favor by saving his life.

#20 Simon, the cat who served as an exterminator and motivator on HMS amethyst

Heroes abound in history, and our feline companions are no exception. In the late 1940s, a stray called Simon was picked up to defend the food supplies on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst from a rat infestation. Simon was a natural at capturing rats, so it didn't take long for him to become a full member of the team. He was also the ship's motivational cat, helping to raise the morale of young sailors who had lost comrades in battle. During the Yangtze Incident, Simon was severely wounded and became an inspiration to those who served with him. Unfortunately, the sea cat succumbed to an illness three weeks later and was buried with full military honors. Simon was the only cat among 62 animals honored with the Dickin Award for military service.

#21 Rusty, the cat who sensed his owner’s heart attack

Claire Nelson claims that Rusty - the cat she adopted saved her life. The 66-year-old retired nurse complained of stomach pains but dismissed them as indigestion. Rusty, however, responded strangely, clawing at the woman's legs and breast while emitting a loud guttural meow. Nelson contacted her doctor after seeing the woman's shift in personality, who informed her that she had suffered a heart attack. Many people referred to Rusty as a guardian angel when Claire underwent a life-saving surgery.

#22 Slinky Malinky, the black short hair tomcat who saved its owner from a morphine induced coma

Janet Rawlinson has had severe back pain for years as a result of a neurological issue. As a result, she takes morphine to aid with the pain. Morphine now has a number of adverse effects, including dizziness, absentmindedness, and the induction of a coma. This is precisely what occurred to Rawlinson: she was essentially comatose for almost 5 days, sliding in and out of a coma. Slinky Malinky became concerned and attempted to enlist the assistance of a neighbor. He was scaling the walls, pawing at the windows, and even causing a disturbance by annoying the neighbor's dog. Slinky Malinky's strange conduct, as well as the fact that they hadn't seen Jane in days, were observed by the neighbors. They discovered her on her sofa, fading into unconsciousness, and promptly phoned for assistance. Janet Rawlinson has since recovered, while Slinky Malinky has been nominated for the National Cat Award for his bravery in 2014.

#23 Charley who saved his owner after she collapsed from an attack of hypoglycemia

National Cat Awards 2012 finalist: Charley

Meet Charley, one of the Hero Cat category finalists in the National Cat Awards sponsored by Verdo Cat Litter. When diabetic Susan Marsh-Armstrong collapsed ...


There was no one awake to help Susan Marsh-Armstrong when she fainted in the middle of the night. Charley, her ever-adoring cat, was the only one who could save her. Susan's sleeping husband Kevin was approached by the cat, who patted his hand, licked his face, and meowed repeatedly until the man could no longer ignore her. He found his wife unconscious on the floor after following the cat to the restroom. Kevin immediately gave Susan a glucose injection to bring her around. Charley later received a Hero Cat of the Year 2012 award from the Cats Protection National Cat Awards for her heroic actions.

#24 Tom, a cat who found food for the starving army

Tom proved to be an incredible hero among British troops fighting in the Crimean War in 1855. After a year-long siege, the British Army conquered Sevastopol, which had run out of supplies after such a long siege. The soldiers, especially Lieutenant William Gair, did, however, come upon a cat that quickly became a friend to the troops. Not only was the kitty a great friend, but he was also crucial to the warriors' survival. Tom guided the troops to supplies hidden in plain sight, saving British and French soldiers from famine. Gair returned Tom to England, but the cat died the next year. After Tom's death, he was stuffed, and many people believe that the stuffed cat in the collection of the National Army Museum, London might be the Crimean Tom.


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