All animals are protective of their owners.
Unconditional love isn’t something easily found among humans but for domestic animals, it just comes naturally.
And while most protection stories tend to involve dogs, it’s always heartwarming to see other pets going above and beyond.
For instance, one bully will always regret picking on a smaller kid when a loving pet was close by!
At the age of 8, Ethan’s beloved cat died. His mother knew the boy was heartbroken so she decided to get him another pet.
That’s when Sarah Fenton went out and picked up Smudge.
Smudge is a big green-eyed tabby cat and it didn’t take long for Ethan and his new companion to bond:
“When they showed us Smudge it was love at first sight,” Sarah said.
“He was so small and cute and I knew we just had to have him.“
And so, the two were almost immediately inseparable.
One day, Ethan and his younger brother were playing outside the family home when two older and bigger boys wandered up.
One of the larger kids started bullying Ethan, yelling at him and finally shoving him to the ground.
Sarah was watching from the kitchen window and she was about to run outside when she saw a ginger streak fly out from under a parked car.
It was Smudge!
The cat didn’t like to see his new friend under duress, so he shot out and leaped on the bully’s chest.
Hissing and spitting, he caused the bully to stumble backward and when he realized this tabby meant business, he ran off.
Sarah was just amazed:
“He has never done anything like that before but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that.
He has slept outside his bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened.
I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that.
He is a big part of the family and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat.”
Word of Smudge’s heroism spread and now, the cat is a national treasure!
He was nominated for the National Cat of the Year Award, which recognizes amazing felines all across England.
Smudge didn’t win (he came in a close second to a cat named Cleo, who saved her master’s life when he suffered a heart attack), but still…
It’s an amazing feat and Ethan will always love and appreciate Smudge for what he did!
Since when is it only dogs that play the protection game? 😉
Source: NTD TV