By Elisa Black-Taylor
A West Sussex (UK) cat has been nominated for a hero award after scaring away a burglar from his home.
To look at Leo, a 3-year old Bengal, he doesn’t appear at first sight to be that frightening. Leo has had a lot of territorial training where he scares off neighborhood cats who try to enter his yard.
Leo put that training to good use back in December 2011 when a would be burglar chiseled his way in through a downstairs back window and mistakenly opened the door leading into the room where Leo got his nightly beauty sleep. Seeing the room was empty, the burglar started up the stairs where Leo’s owners, Sue and John Higgins’ Crawley, were in bed.
It was at this time Leo decided he needed to defend his family. Leo raced through his cat door and followed the burglar up the stairs. He let out what his Sue described as a “deep guttural meow.” The burglar ran off without taking a thing.
Leo was nominated as a finalist in the Hero Cat category in the Cats Protection UK 2012 National Cat Awards sponsored by Verdo Cat Litter. Although a cat named Charley officially won the hero category, in Sue and John’s eyes, Leo is their hero.
Here’s a video where his parents tell of Leo’s heroism.
Leo isn’t the only cat to defend his home. Another famous American cat named Homer(Homer’s Odyssey), owned by Gwen Cooper, has a story here. Homer is blind and literally attacked a burglar.
Whoever said cats can’t offer any defense during a home invasion apparently isn’t well versed on the love between a cat and its human companion. Cats may defend differently than dogs, but they do tend to know when their owners need a helping hand. Or claw….claws are very necessary…