‘Guard cat’ credited with preventing would-be robbery

A guy in Mississippi claimed that his favorite cat, a calico, may have saved his life by deterring a home invasion.

In the Belden neighborhood of Tupelo, Bandit, a 20-pound (9.1-kg) cat, resides with her retired owner Fred Everitt. The cat did everything she could to warn Everitt of the danger when at least two intruders attempted to get into their shared house last week, he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Everitt, 68, added, "You hear about security dogs. This cat is a watch cat.

On July 25, somewhere between 2:30 and 3 a.m., the attempted robbery took place, according to Everitt. First, Bandit's meows in the kitchen roused him. Then she dashed into the bedroom, leaped into his bed, and started tearing off his cover and grabbing at his arms. Everitt was aware of a problem.

Everitt said, "She had never done it before." "What in the world is wrong with you?" I asked.

Everitt noticed two young males at his back door as he stood up to investigate. He said that one of them was carrying a revolver while the other was attempting to open the door with a crowbar.

Everitt claimed that by the time he returned to the kitchen after getting a firearm, the potential invaders had already left. Everitt claimed to have not called the police to the newspaper.

Without Bandit, he claimed, things could have turned out differently.

Thank god it did not escalate into a heated argument, Everitt remarked. But I believe the cat is the only reason.

Four years ago, Everitt acquired Bandit from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
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