UNITED KINGDOM – A woman was a bit confused about why her cat kept trying to wake her up – until she finally realized – he was saving her family’s lives.
Anna, a mother of one, from Scotland, explained to Metro.co.uk that her rescue kitty Blanco was jumping all over her in the middle of the night for apparently no reason.
He was also meowing very loudly and scratching frantically at the bed, but she couldn’t figure out what he wanted.
It was only when she decided to go downstairs that she noticed her husband, who is an HGV mechanic, had left the ‘hob’ on after a night shift – and that Blanco had slightly singed whiskers.
What is a hob? Well, her husband had left the stove on and it was emitting gas!
‘My husband had come back from a back shift at 1 am and cooked himself food,’ she said Metro.co.uk. ‘He left the pan on very low heat gas and went to sleep.
‘Then, at about 3 am, the cat Blanco was waking me up in an annoying way – as if he wanted something,
rather than wanting to play. He usually sleeps at night, and he’s toilet trained but I thought he had forgotten where the toilet was.’
She tried going back to bed.
‘I chucked him out of the room and closed the door, but he was jumping on the handle, bashing into the door, scratching the carpet and meowing loudly,’ Anna went on to say.
‘When nothing worked I went downstairs to let him outside. I opened the garden door, but he didn’t want to go out.
‘It was then that I smelled something – and I looked at the gas stove and found the pan burning.’
The very next day she noticed that some of his whiskers had curled a bit as if they’d touched something hot.
‘He must have gone to smell the burning pan and didn’t like it, and realized there was danger.’
Her daughter Ella, who is now nine, was apparently ‘amazed’ by her clever kitty’s heroic deed.
The family had rescued Blanco from a SPCA shelter just two months ago.
‘Cats are amazing,’ Anna concluded.