Even though most people adore cats, they have a bad reputation for being mostly distant and cold towards us humans. Most people think they are arrogant and selfish animals, but we are determined to break these stereotypes. We are going to give you twenty-four stories just to prove to you we are right, indeed! These stories aren't about goofy cats doing cat things (although those are adorable too), these are the stories of feline heroes that totally deserve some credit. These cats will change your mind entirely if you think cats actually don't care about humans and show you that they are much more than just fluffballs. Read on to learn more about them!
1- This kitty who did her best to keep an abandoned baby safe and warm
This Obninsk city resident named Irina heard a cat meowing one day, and at first, she thought it must have been hurt or something. What she found when she investigated the sound was totally shocking and very unexpected, however. She saw this kitty named Masha with an abandoned baby boy next to her! Apparently, Masha found the abandoned baby in a cardboard box and immediately responded as if he was her own. She got into the cardboard box with the baby to keep him safe and warm and started to meow to let other people know about the existence of the baby. Thanks to her, the baby was quickly brought to a hospital and luckily, the doctors told everyone that he was healthy and in perfect shape. When it comes to Masha, she was hailed a local hero and people showered her with lots of love and gave her her favorite food.
2- This amazing momma cat who rescued her kittens from a fire, suffering serious burns in the process
In 1996, an abandoned garage in Brooklyn, New York City burst out into flames. The New York City Fire Department managed to quickly put out the fire, and luckily, no one was injured. After the flames were gone, though, one of the firefighters named David Gianelli spotted a cat carrying tiny kittens away from the garage, one by one. The cat, who was later named Scarlett, was seriously burned and her terrible injuries were described in detail: "her eyes were covered in blisters, her paws and ears were burnt, and her fur highly singed [,] a big part of her facial hair was burnt away." Even though she was in terrible pain, the firefighters saw the momma cat was trying to calm her kittens down by patting every one of them with her nose while making sure they are all in safety since she couldn't see because of the blisters on her eyes. When Scarlett and her kittens recovered from their injuries, they were immediately adopted by 3 families. Scarlett became worldwide famous thanks to her bravery and got a lot of praises from people. Unfortunately, though, she passed away in 2008, but her legacy still lives on through many children's and non-fiction books written about her.
3- This cat who protected her 5-year-old owner from the bullies
5-year-old Ethan was surrounded by a gang of boys harassing him one day. His mom saw what was happening through the window and she was on her way to the door to investigate. But when she reached the front yard, she saw their 4-year-old kitty named Smudge ran into action and scared the bullies away. "I found this kid laid on his back on my lawn in tears with a cat sat on his belly!," Ethan's mother, Sarah Fenton shared. The bullies left the little boy alone and ran away and Smudge was named a hero by the family.
5- This senior cat who discovered his owner's cancer
As we all know, cats have very keen senses and they're even capable of feeling things that humans cannot feel. Sue McKenzie owes her life to that ability. Her cat named Tom that had been with her for twenty years suddenly drastically changed his behavior from aloof to constantly tapping the back of her neck and meowing around 2014. Initially, Sue was frustrated with the cat's behavior. But since the cat was very persistent, she decided to get that area of her body checked. The doctors soon found out that she had a cancerous lump under her skin named Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After McKenzie visited doctors, Tom turned back to his usual distant self. The woman got treatment for her cancer and managed to make a full recovery.
6- This cat who helps his blind Labrador friend
Cats not only help humans. This woman named Judy Godfrey-Brown from Holyhead, North Wales has a Labrador Retriever, Tervel, who is suffering from a cataract. Due to his condition, he would often hit things and injure himself, which lead him to become reluctant to move outside of his doggy bed. One day, Judy decided to adopt this stray cat named Pwditat who couldn't get on well with other cats but managed to be friends with Tervel right away. The cat liked him so much that he took it upon himself to snuggle with Tervel and use his paws to guide him around the house and outside.
7- This blind cat that managed to save his owner from a house burglar
This woman, Gwen Cooper, saved a blind kitten that had its eyes removed because of some severe infection. So, she gave him the name 'Homer' after the blind Greek author. One night Cooper woke up and saw Homer, who usually is a calm cat, stood up and hissing at a burglar in her room. Homer then proceeded to jump at the burglar, violently scratching and biting him, making him flee the scene. Gwen felt so inspired by this heroic action that she later wrote a book on the whole event and the life of the cat.
8- This amazing Maine Coon mix who saved her owner from a diabetic seizure by running to get help
When Amy Jung took her son Ethan to the Door County Humane Society shelter in Wisconsin to spend some time with the cats, she wasn't really planning to adopt one of them. However, she ended up adopting not one but two cats: Wimsy and Pudding. The same night, Amy had a diabetic seizure. Pudding realized something was wrong and started to nibble on her nose in hopes of waking her up. When she regained her consciousness, Amy tried to call out for her son Ethan but he was fast asleep. Pudding understood what his owner was trying to do and ran to wake Ethan up. Luckily, he was able to provide the necessary medical attention. After what happened, Amy registered Pudding as a service animal and now she is going everywhere with him.
9- This cat who helped a soldier with depression and suicidal ideation
Sgt. Jesse Knott was stationed in Hutal, Afghanistan, in a military base that also happened to have lots of stray cats around. This one cat named Koshka, however, was very special to Knott due to his infectious personality and playfulness. Sgt. Knott developed a strong bond with Koshka, nursing his wounds and serving as his protector against the rough culture of animal cruelty in the area. One day, two of Sgt. Knott's men were killed in a suicide attack, and after that, he went into a deep depression and began struggling with suicidal thoughts. It got to a point where he started planning his own suicide. Koshka noticed something wasn't right so he never left Sgt. Knott alone and always stayed with him while purring, rubbing its head against him, and patting the sergeant's face with his paw. Now, it was Koshka's turn to protect the sergeants from his own thoughts. When the time came for the troops to return home, Sgt. Knott couldn't bring himself to leave Koshka behind to a life of inevitable abuse, so he made a plan to take Koshka with him. Koshka is now living with the sergeant's parents in Oregon city, and the sergeant drops by to see him frequently.
10- This cat who became a lawyer and inspired the launch of an animal rights institute
This stray cat who is now known as Dr. Leon Advogato was wandering around the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB). However, some people weren't happy with his presence and they were filing complaints and urged the OAB to get rid of the cat as such a serious institution isn't a suitable place for cats. However, the OAB didn't agree with that, and they ended up hiring the cat as a lawyer! He now even has his own employee ID. They were so inspired by this cat that they launched Instituto Dr. Leon, an animal rights institute that will help abused and abandoned animals.
11-This cat who managed to save a big family from a fire
This cat named Luna managed to save the Chappell-Roots, a family of 2 adults and 6 kids, from a house fire. The mother, Emily, was sleeping one night when she woke up to find Luna playing and gnawing on her feet. At first, Emily thought Luna brought a prey or something and was trying to give that to her, but when she left the bedroom and was about the reach the stairs, she saw a fire coming from the kitchen. She immediately woke up the kids and gathered them around her and then ran outside. They were saved thanks to Luna and then they opened a GoFundMe page to collect the money to get back on their feet.
12- This cat who rescued her 97-year-old owner from 4 Pit Bulls
97-year-old Sophie Thomas was tending her flowers in her garden when she was surrounded by her neighbor's 4 pit bulls out of the blue. When the dogs circled the woman and tried to lunge at her, her adorable cat, Tiger, jumped into action. She managed to take the dogs' attention and ran towards the garage so that Thomas could retreat to her house. The old lady washed her wounds in the sink and started to wait for Tiger to turn back home. The kitty managed to make it back in one piece and the neighbors apologized on behalf of their dogs' actions, claiming that they were just "trying to play".
13- This cat who became a therapist for a boy with selective mutism
This little kid from Trafford named Lorcan Dillon is suffering from selective mutism, which is a type of anxiety disorder that makes it hard to express himself in some particular situations and with certain people. His family adopted Jessi-Cat, a bluepoint Birman, hoping that the cat would help him relieve his anxiety and become comfortable with social situations. And everything went according to their plan. Lorcan loves giving Jessi-Cat cuddles, strokes her, talks to her, and even says "I love you, Jessi-Cat". Thanks to Jessi-Cat, he also became more comfortable with talking to other people and even reading to his teachers. Sadly, though, Jessi-Cat passed away in June 2019, but her impact on Lorcan's life was so big that she had a book written about her and even had a plaque installed on her home in Trafford, declaring her as "the cat who helped a boy find his voice".
14- This cat who saved his owner's life by calling 911
Even though Gary Rosheisen adopted his cat Tommy to help him with his high blood pressure, he didn't know the cat would save his life one day. On that day, the police received a 911 call followed by silence so they decided to call the number back. Since no one answered their call, they sent Officer Patrick Daugherty to investigate the matter. When Daugherty reached the caller's house what he found inside was very confusing to him. According to the reports he said, "I know it sounds bizarre," since when he entered the house he saw Tommy the cat by the phone and he thought it was the cat who made the call. Gary Rosheisen was laying down on the floor and he wasn't in a position to reach out for help. Rosheisen later shared that he was trying to teach the cat how to call 911 but he wasn't sure if Tommy actually learned. Smart kitty!
15- This kitty who managed to sense the cancerous cells in her owner's body
In 2013, this tabby called Missy started to act weird. She was constantly pawing at her owner Angela Tinning's chest and refused to stop even when it got frustrating. Tinning thought her cat's behavior was so bizarre that she decided to get herself checked at the doctor's where they discovered cancerous cells in her body. Luckily, the woman had surgery to get those cells removed and she believes Missy is her hero.
16- This awesome cat who helps its owner with some brain-induced seizures
This poor guy named Glen Schallman has a mix of rare brain diseases. Because of that, he experiences seizures on a daily basis that can end up deadly. On one particular night, he had one such seizure when he was sleeping. Luckily, his cat Blake jumped onto the bed and began gnawing on his feet to wake him up, and managed to save his life. Even though Mr. Schallman himself doesn't feel the seizures coming, Blake seems to have a sense of it and he is ready to help whenever it's needed. Thanks to this adorable kitty, Schallman has lived long enough to become the oldest person to have this unusual brain condition.
17- This furball who managed to save its owners from a gas leak at home
Unfortunately, black cats have this terrible stigma around their fur color, but Schautzie here will prove that wrong. When Greg and Trudy Guys went to their local pet shop, their intention was to get a dog. But they couldn't leave their eyes off of this black kitten so they got Schnautzie instead. Six months after that, Trudy woke up in the middle of the night only to find Schnautzie tapping gently on her nose. Turned out that the cat woke her up and it was sniffing around suspiciously. Trudy heard a strange hissing sound coming from the basement. Soon after, they understood that a gas pipe had ruptured and was now filling up the house very rapidly. The couple got out of the house as soon as possible and called the fire brigade. Firefighters said that if the furnace or water heater would have turned on automatically, it would have lead to an explosion.
18-This church cat who protected her kitten from an air raid
In 1936, Father Henry Ross welcomed a stray cat into St. Augustine's Church in London. As he couldn't manage to find its owner, Father Ross allowed her to stay at the church, naming her Faith. In the upcoming years, Faith regularly attended the sermons and even gave birth to a kitten named Panda. In 1940, she started to beg the father to be let into the church cellar, all of a sudden, and she took the kitten with her, too. Father Ross was kicking them out of the cellar constantly but Faith insisted that the kitten stay there by carrying it back to the cellar each and every time. On September 9th, an air raid was conducted as a part of the Blitz attack on Central London, and during this attack part of the church was destroyed. Father Ross found Faith and Panda meowing safely among the rubble in the basement.
19- This tabby cat who saved her owner from a burning house
49-year-old Craig Jeeves' house burst down into flames when he was sleeping one night. He was woken up by his rescue cat named Sally who jumped on his head and meowed until he finally got up. Despite the efforts of 8+ firefighters, Craig's house was completely destroyed, but he managed to escape from the fire without getting any injuries thanks to Sally. According to the reports, he said he adopted Sally a year prior to this incident and she thanked him by saving his life.
20- This cat who warned his owner about her heart attack
Claire Nelson is a 66-year-old former nurse who claims she owes her life to her cat. One day, she was feeling kind of unwell but brushed it off as simple indigestion. However, her cat Rusty started to act very weirdly, clawing at the woman's legs and chest while letting out a deep bizarre meow. As a result of this, Nelson decided to reach out to her doctor who told her that she had suffered a heart attack. Claire had a surgery and Rusty was called a guardian angel by everyone around her.
21- This incredible cat who served as an exterminator and motivator on HMS Amethyst
History is full of heroes, human or non-human. This stray cat named Simon was chosen to protect the food stores against a rat infestation on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst in the late 1940s. Simon was amazing when it comes to catching rats, so shortly after, he was totally integrated into the crew. He also became the ship's motivational cat who helped boost the morale of young sailors who had witnessed their friends get killed in the war. Simon managed to survive severe wounding during the Yangtze Incident and became an inspiration to everyone who served with him. Sadly, though, this sweet cat died three weeks later from an infection and was buried with full military honors. Simon was one of the 62 animals that were awarded the Dicking Award for their service in the military.
22- This feline who saved his owner from a morphine-induced coma
Since she has a neurological problem, Janet Rawlinson has been suffering from chronic back pain. So, she started to take morphine to relieve it. Morphine has a couple of negative side effects such as disorientation, absentmindedness, and on some occasions, it can even induce a coma. Unfortunately, this was what happened to Rawlinson when she was comatose for around 5 days, slipping in and out of it. Her cat, Slinky Malinky, got very concerned and tried to get help by drawing the neighbor's attention. He was trying everything such as scaling the walls, pawing at the windows, and even getting the neighbor's dog annoyed to cause a ruckus. When the neighbors saw the cat behaving very strangely, they remembered that they hadn't seen Janet for quite some time. They found the woman phasing into unconsciousness on her sofa and called for help straight away. Janet managed to make a full recovery since then and her cat was nominated for the National Cat Award of 2014 for his heroic behavior.
24- This furry hero who found food for the starving army
This cat named Tom proved himself as a hero during the Crimean War in 1855. After a year-long-siege at Sevastopol, the British Army managed to capture the city that had few supplies after this very long siege. But the soldiers and Lieutenant William Gair found a cat who became a good friend to the troops in no time. Along with being a very good friend, the cat later proved himself to be a crucial member of the soldiers' survival. Tom led the troops to hidden stashes of supplies and saved the British and French soldiers from starvation. Gair brought the cat to England with him, but the cat passed away a year later. Tom was stuffed after his death, and a lot of people think that the stuffed cat in the collection of the National Army Museum, London might be the Crimean Tom.