Cats are pretty
independent as pets go, they tend to spend a lot of their time doing their own
thing. But as cat-lovers know, they’re around when you need them most. To play
around, have a cuddle, or in some cases do something truly remarkable – like
save your life.
In the early hours
of the 5th of January, Sharon Kane, a nursing support worker from
Belfast was tucked up in bed in her flat. And, having taken some strong
medication for a chest infection she was in a particularly deep sleep. The
48-year-old lives alone, so when a fire started in the flat below and smoke
started filling her bedroom, there was nobody around to wake her up and warn
At least, no people. But her tabby cat Prince Ozzy was there, and it was Sharon’s beloved pet who sprung, quite literally, into action. Realising that something was very wrong and that his companion was in mortal danger, Prince Ozzy leapt onto Sharon’s bed and began pawing at her face. Tired and groggy from her medication, Sharon repeatedly tried to tell her cat to leave her be. But thankfully, Ozzy persisted until finally Sharon rose from her bed and realised what was going on.
the effects of smoke inhalation, she dragged herself to her bedroom window to breathe
some much-needed clean air. The emergency services arrived soon after and
whilst fire fighters dealt with the blaze, Sharon was taken to hospital for
Thankfully both cat
and owner recovered from the ordeal and Prince Ozzy was nominated for a prestigious
Cats Protection’s National Cat Award. Organiser, Kate Bunting said
“Prince Ozzy is truly remarkable…his quick-thinking alerted Sharon to what
could have been a disastrous situation, something for which she’ll always be grateful.”
We couldn’t agree
more, and think Prince Ozzy deserve a crown, or at least some extra treats.