What is your cat doing right now? If you said sleeping, you’re probably right. While your feline companion may look peaceful and dormant, don’t be fooled. There is the possibility that your cat is secretly brainstorming ways to save humanity in the event that everything suddenly hits the fan. You know, doomsday scenarios in the event that their human is suddenly put in danger and they have to jump through flaming windows to save them.
I promise you that after reading through this testament of cat badassery, you will feel assured that your cat will come to your rescue in almost any scenario. Fires? Check. Earthquakes? Check. Zombie apocalypse in the middle of New York City? Sure, why not. If you can imagine a potential scenario where a cat has come to the rescue of their beloved human, it has most likely happened before.
After all, we have heard about cats performing incredible, death-defying feats in the past- like Hawkeye the scuba diving cat and “The Kid”, a sky-diving cat from Russia. Oh, and don’t forget about Chiquinho, known as the “Brazilian Garfield” who likes to hitch a motorcycle ride with his owner Alexandre Goulart. Come to think of it, if you had nine lives, what would stop you from attempting potentially life-threatening rescues?
Alright, so we know that despite their fuzzy facades, cats have the ability to be die-hard badasses. However, they are actually so much more – they can become actual superheroes. Check out the stores of 15 cats who whipped out their badass capes just in time to save the day:
15. Pudding the Cat Saves His Owner’s Life Just Hours After Being Adopted
Meet Pudding the cat, 21 pounds of pure feline love who lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After years of being in and out of the local humane society, he finally found a home in 2012 with a woman named Amy Jung and her son, Ethan. Little did the duo know that the furry new family member that they brought home would literally save one of their lives.
The trouble started after Amy went to bed that night. Amy, who has had diabetes for the majority of her life, suddenly went into a diabetic seizure in her sleep. Sensing trouble, Pudding put on his badass cape and went into action.
Pudding nipped at Amy’s face until she became conscious for long enough to yell out her son’s name. However, she was too quiet for him to hear from his room, so Pudding pounced into his room and jumped around on the bed until Ethan awoke and discovered his mother’s condition. He called for help in time thanks to Pudding, was able to save her life.
14. Hero Cat Body Slams Dog
It was a beautiful day in Bakersfield, California when four-year-old Jeremy decided to play in his front yard. Unfortunately, at the same time, the neighbor’s dog was plotting to make him a human-sized squeak toy.
Jeremy was minding his own business when suddenly said dog leapt out from behind the car in the family driveway, pulled Jeremy off of his bike and pinned him to the ground. Fortunately for Jeremy, there was a superhero freak in a cloak of fur ready to save the day.
Seeing her human under attack, Tara, seemingly forgetting the fact that cats are inherently afraid of things that are even remotely larger than them – and oh yeah, dogs – jumped out to bodyslam the dog. She didn’t stop there, though. She chased the dog off of the property and sent it back home whimpering with its tail between its legs.
13. Sally The Cat Saves Her Human From Being Engulfed In Flames
Sally is a cat with an ordinary name and an extraordinary story. Hailing from Australia, Sally enjoyed all of the fine things in life – food, long naps, and of course, dreaming of rescue scenarios in case her beloved human and home were to be suddenly engulfed by flames.
When one day her home did catch on fire, she must have quickly realized that her disturbing tendency to imagine household obliteration was quickly becoming reality – so she snapped into action.
At 1am on a Monday morning in 2014, Craig Geeves was resting peacefully in bed when he suddenly realized that Sally was going completely losing her marbles. While this may have been normal behavior for some cats, the fact that she was losing her goddam mind while on top of his head quickly alerted him to the fact that this was not a normal situation. He realized that the house was being consumed by flames, so he grabbed Sally and ran to safety.
Ultimately, Sally saved their lives and managed to alert her owner in time to stop the destruction of their neighbor’s homes.
12. Masha The Cat Saves An Infant From Freezing To Death
Far away in a magical, sometimes awful and utterly freezing place called Russia, a baby was abandoned in a box on the street. Seeing mostly the potential to sit in a box but also to maybe save a child’s life (or something like that), one cat couldn’t resist.
Enter: The floof.
As a walking ball of fluff on legs, Masha the cat fit the bill as the perfect personal space heater for the freezing child. Excited by the prospect of sharing an extremely compact space with another warm creature, Masha cozied up to the child and kept him warm until she was able to flag down a human.
After the rescue, Masha was hailed as a hero and given all of the cardboard boxes in Russia per order of Vladimir Putin. Just kidding, but no – she honestly deserves it.
11. Cat Takes A Bullet To Save A 3-Year-Old’s Life
The idea of getting shot while at home and in bed isn’t something that people usually think about. If anything, it’s something that they avoid thinking about at all costs. Thoughts of happy things like fluffy bunnies and candy canes typically make much more palatable topics of internal discourse.
However, for one family in York, Pennsylvania, getting awoken by a gunshot is exactly what happened. Angelica Sipe and her son Daemire had both fallen asleep in the living room when suddenly a bullet shot through the window, through the loveseat, and towards the sleeping boy.
Understandably, Angelica was shaken when she couldn’t find the bullet – only to realize that their cat, Opie, had literally just taken a bullet for her son. The bullet had gone through the cat’s head, through his ribcage and out from under his arm.
But Opie was alive.
Sacrificing 8 of his 9 lives, Opie managed to survive. Although he experienced some muscle damage from the fact that A BULLET LITERALLY RICOCHETED THROUGH HIS BODY, today Opie is alive, well, and still a complete badass.
10. Cat Saves A Tourist Lost In The Swiss Alps
Recently, a Reddit user posting under the name Sc4s2cg shared the story of a cat who came to the rescue when he found himself, to put it lightly: confused, cold, lost, and most likely screwed.
The trekker, whose username we can only assume originates from an epic game of battleship, found himself making no hits on a new trail after the only one to his hostel had been closed. The man quickly realized that he was effectively stranded on the Alps. If this weren’t bad enough, he had also sprained his ankle during his trek on one of the mountain trails, leaving him wishing that Judy Garland were still somewhere in the vicinity, the sound of her singing a relaxing lullaby as he entered the waiting arms of oblivion.
Then, something even better happened. A black and white tuxedo cat came across the man and decided that today was not his day to die. Needless to say, the man was thrilled. Believing somehow that his chances of getting somewhere back near civilization would be increased by following a cat, he proceeded to do so.
Turns out, the cat knew where it was going. Like a badass sherpa on four paws, the cat led him through an alternate trail to an area from which he was able to find his way back to the hostel. Just as the cat had mysteriously appeared when he was needed most, it humbly made it exit. Another life saved, no big deal.
9. Jack The Clawless Cat Chases A Bear Up A Tree
Deep from within our file of “news titles that sound like complete, impossible BS” comes the story of Jack the cat. Jack was relaxing in his backyard in Milford, New Jersey when a bear roamed into the area. Although Jack had most likely been informed that cats typically do not chase around predatory animals significantly larger than themselves, on this particular day he was decidedly indifferent to this fact.
So he confronted the bear. Professional cat translators tell us that the Jack most likely used a combination of swatting and screaming the following words: “Do you even know who I am? I killed Smokey the Bear, man!”
Needing no further encouragement, the bear scuttled up the tree like – dare I say it – a scared cat. Although the bear had been sufficiently scared off, Jack the cat wasn’t done yet. As a display to show the bear just how little he appreciated its presence on his turf, he proceeded to hiss and yowl at the bear for another 15 minutes. The bear did not take this seriously, however, and it attempted an escape – after which Jack the cat promptly managed to run it up another tree. This time the bear stayed put.
8. Leo The Cat Defends His Owner From A Burglar
Meet Leo, the very aptly named hero with the heart of a superhero badass lion. While he is the kind of cat that occasionally chases other cats off of his lawn for fun like a crotchety old man, Leo had a secret that he was hiding from humanity – he is a complete and total cat ninja.
Leo’s ninja status remained a secret until one night in December, 2011. Leo was on hour 23 of his daily nap when he faintly heard the distinct sound of somebody attempting to chisel their way into his home through the window. Unfortunately for the burglar, they had made a grave mistake and attempted to enter the house closest to where Leo was taking his snooze.
As the burglar climbed up the stairs, Leo quietly followed behind them. It was not until the feline let out a blood-curdling rabid-wild-animal caliber yowl that the person that had broken and entered realized that the home which he had stepped foot in was being guarded by a highly viscous, dangerous, err, cat.
7. The Cat Who Saved Her Owner From A Life-Threatening Gas Leak
Sometimes, a bad smell can mean more than somebody forgetting to turn the fan on in the bathroom. While most of us humans are too dull in the nose to distinguish a gross stink from a potentially deadly one, cats have the amazing ability to detect the perfumes of poison – even before we are able to sense them ourselves.
This is exactly what Perche Pearl Camina, a cat with more syllables in her name and more notches in her badass belt than the majority of us, was able to do. It began when Perche, the cat of 67-year-old Wales resident Alan Nott, began to act oddly.
She began to circle around the house’s gas box erratically, dashing between the general area of the box and Nott. However, this initial indication did not work – Nott thought that he had forgotten to feed her breakfast. It is at this point that Perche most likely began to think about ways to grow a pair of thumbs so that she could point out the horrible stink emanating from within the house.
As a secret masochist, Perche then decided to hover exactly at the box and inhale the fumes until she passed out. Then, he’d get it, right? Luckily, Nott realized at this point what was going on, quickly escaping the house with his cat before it endangered them.
6. Cat Takes On A Freaking Alligator
If you’ve never been on a New Orleans Cajun swamp tour, it goes a lot like this – scenic walks through the swamps, lots of chicken, and, oh, alligators. Lots of alligators.
It was on one of these trips where a group of people decided that the only thing that could possibly make this adventure better was a cat. The group had been sitting, relaxing, eating what we will assume is Cajun chicken, when suddenly a wild alligator appeared.
Unfortunately, nobody had any pokeballs to capture the beast, but the group did have something that the alligator sure wanted, some of that delicious chicken. And maybe a small child or two for dessert, who knows.
The alligator made its approach when the cat on tour decided that it was time to bounce the oversized reptile from the party. The cat proceeded to swat at the alligator’s head until it receded back into the water, where it remains today. According to the latest reports, the gator is currently organizing a “gators against cats on tour” initiative.
5. Shy Cat Finds Inner Badass, Rescues Owner From Dog Attack
As they always say, it’s the quiet ones that you need to be wary of. This also applies to cats, especially one named Lima. After years of reckoning over being named after a bean, Lima found it within herself to overcome her insecurities and reveal what an undeniable badass she is.
The cat, who is described as being “the most reclusive, timid animal I’ve ever seen” by her owner’s husband, Harold, came out of her shell in a big way. On May 21st, 2010, Cherry Woods had been outdoors in her yard when suddenly two dogs viciously charged at her, knocking her down multiple times. They had escaped from Cherry’s neighbor’s yard and decided that it was a lovely day to maul somebody. Luckily, Lima didn’t think so.
The cat, who had apparently been lying in wait in the nearby bushes, felt her badass senses tingling and knew it was time to snap into action. She lept out, scratched one of the dogs in the face, and hissed at them. Lima’s diversion gave Harold enough time to grab Cherry and bring her inside.
4. Hero Cat Saves 11 People From A House Fire
One might argue that there is no sound more annoying than the sound of a cat scratching at things. Often, it denotes the destruction of things like nice pieces of furniture and expensive rugs. However, on rare occasions, it is these exact things that cats do that annoy us in the first place that could be the literal wake-up call that saves our lives.
Take this example. One beautiful night in Southern France, Alexandra Marlin was awoken by the sound of her cat, Meatball, scratching frantically at the floor of the attic, directly above her room. Wondering what in the hell that cat was up to, she let down the stairs that led to the attic to discover that a fire had started inside of the space. Alexandra called the police and woke up the seven adults and three children, all of whom were able to make it out of the house unscathed.
Realizing that her secret superhero identity was dangerously close to being revealed, Meatball fled the scene. She considered going rogue, but ultimately decided against it and returned home the next night.
The best part? The residents were so thankful that Meatball had alerted them in time that they all offered to chip in on a year’s worth of biscuits for the cat. It is at this point that Meatball reached demigod status and bathed in the eternal sunshine of Zeus. Or something like that.
3. Tommy The Cat Dials 911
One of the major downfalls of being a cat is having a lack of opposable thumbs. While other creatures such as humans and primates are able to do things like open jars and give a thumbs-up, the common household cat lacks such dexterity. Oh, woe is the feline!
However, this shortcoming didn’t stop one cat from making an emergency call when his owner, Gary Rosheisen, was in dire straits. Gary had fallen out of his wheelchair and was unable to reach the phone for help due to the pain from his osteoporosis and ministrokes which make it difficult for him to balance.
Police arrived to the scene to find Tommy the cat next to the phone – however, neither Gary nor the police could rationalize how Gary might have made the call without, you know, thumbs. Cat-thumb conspiracy theorists postulate that the cat may have conducted an ancient satanic ritual which allowed him to summon thumbs for just long enough to dial the number before going back to sleep while help arrived. But we didn’t tell you that.
2. Cat Jumps Bullies Who Attack His Human
Meet Smudge the tabby, bully buster extraordinaire. He is a cat whose stripes aren’t just for looks – rumor has it that he trained with Chuck Norris to earn each and every single one. However, his new family did not know this critical piece of information until the fateful day when bullies decided to harass the youngest child of the family, Ethan.
Ethan had been playing with his older brother in the front yard when three boys who were older and taller than the five-year-old made an appearance to give Ethan hell. They began to taunt Ethan, who put his head down and attempted to ignore them. Frustrated that their pre-pubescent ball busting techniques were not working, they pushed Ethan to the ground.
Seeing the commotion, Smudge flew out from under the car and launched himself directly at the little brats like a cat cannon. Needless to say, the trio darted away from the scene as quickly as their little legs could carry them.
1. Peeping Tomcat Saves Neighbor’s Life
Throughout time, humankind has craved privacy. From our ancestors’ hunt for the most secluded cave to the modern search for the most secluded urinal, keeping our stuff to ourselves is of significant importance. Luckily for one woman in the UK, she had the kind of peeping tom that saved her life.
Former nurse Janet Rawlinson had been recovering from back pain when she began to slip in and out of consciousness as a side effect of the morphine she had been taking for her pain. For five days, Janet remained immobile as her body reacted to the medication.
However, she was not alone. Tomcat Slinky Malinky, the neighbor’s cat, noticed that Janet was unwell and decided to take action. He jumped onto a fence, where he had direct access to Janet’s window, and began to tap the window pane. However, Janet remained unresponsive. So, he tried a classic tactic – tormenting the dog until the sound of howling became far too annoying for Janet’s neighbor’s to ignore. Janet had given her neighbors a spare key, and when they entered her home, they found her unconscious and called for help.
Although Janet has recovered, our boy Slinky still keeps an eye on her to make sure she’s alive and well. According to Janet, Slinky often stops over at her house to check on her and make sure everything is A-ok.