BELDEN, Miss. – A Mississippi man said his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home, and he credits the calico with possibly saving his life.
Bandit, a 20-pound cat, lives with her retiree, Fred Everitt, in the Tupelo suburb of Belden. When at least two people tried to break into the home they shared last week, the cat did everything it could to warn Everitt of the danger. Northeast Mississippi Daily.
“You’ve heard of guard dogs,” Everitt, 68, said. “It’s a guard cat.”
Everitt said the attempted robbery happened between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on July 25. He was first awakened by Bandit’s meowing in the kitchen. Then she ran into the bedroom, jumped on the bed and started pulling the blanket off him and hanging it in his arms. Everitt knew something was wrong.
“She’s never done that before,” Everitt said. “I said, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’
Everitt stood up to investigate and saw two young men outside his back door. One had a gun and the other tried to open the door with a crowbar, he said.
Everitt said by the time he retrieved the gun and returned to the kitchen, the would-be intruders had already fled. Everitt told the newspaper that he did not call the police.
He said that without Bandit, the situation could have been different.
“Thank God it didn’t turn into a confrontational situation,” Everitt said. “But I think it’s just because of the cat.”
Four years ago, Everitt adopted Bandit from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.