Sometimes the devotion and intuition of cats goes far beyond warmth and a few rubs. Just as we often save our meowing friends from tall trees and snarling dogs, they return the favor in miraculous, unexpected ways.
Recently, in Clearwater, Florida, a cat woke his owner in the middle of the night, alerting him to a fire in the mobile home they shared. The owner escaped but the heroic animal died in the fire that engulfed three homes. Thank God for this cat and her love for her owner.
Last year, Gary Rosheisen fell out of his wheelchair. Due to severe physical problems, he couldn’t reach the call button above his bed. He’d attempted, never really believing it would work, to teach his tabby cat how to dial 911 in case of a problem just like this. He even left a phone on the floor with 911 on speed dial, hoping against hope his training worked. On the day Gary fell, the Columbus, Ohio police received a call but no one was on the line. When they called back and got no answer they decided to investigate. Inside Rosheisen’s apartment, they found Tommy, the tabby cat, curled up by the phone. It was off the hook and the last call placed was to the 911 operator. "I know it sounds kind of weird," Officer Patrick Daugherty said, unsuccessfully searching for some other explanation. Mr. Rosheisen doesn’t think it’s weird. “He’s my hero,” he said.
Don’t overlook the strong connection we share with animals, be they domesticated or wild. Being the dominate species and often the only threat to other animals on the planet, we should be cognizant of our power. Animals, especially domesticated cats and dogs, depend on us to be responsible and compassionate to their needs. Within their world there is no malice or ego, they live and help instinctively. Learning to respect that is a huge step in our own evolution process.
Some quick amazing cat facts:
-There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.
-The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
Ailurophilia is the "love of cats."
-During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens.
-A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.