Here Are More Super Cat Tales

The literate catCats are often aware of that which is beyond our comprehension. Their instincts, their sense of smell, and how they attune to the natural world cause them to do some extraordinary deeds. Enjoy these two super cat tales and marvel at their antics and their understanding of the unseen.

Duchess

Read first about Duchess, the cat belonging to Tess Guthrie. The cat had been acting strangely for days. She was skittish, kept hissing, and was off her food. This behavior was not normal for her cat, who was quite healthy.

Tess wondered if the cat was in pain. She decided to call the vet, just to make sure the cat was not sick.

Tess and her two-year-old daughter, Zara, lived with Duchess in New South Wales, Australia. Duchess always seemed a happy, gentle cat, so Tess worried about her behavior. She made the appointment with her vet for the next day. She gave the cat some food and she and her daughter went to sleep.

A few hours later, Tess awoke because Duchess was hissing in the bedroom. Because the cat was so aggressive and persistent, Tess turned on the light to see what was the matter.

To her horror, she saw a six-foot python coiled around the arm of her sleeping daughter. Then she realized what the cat had been so upset about for several days.

Fast Action Saved The Day

Having grown up around snakes, Tess reacted out of instinct. She grabbed the snake’s head to pry it off, startling it. The snake started really biting the child’s hand.

The python was wrapped three or four times around the baby’s arm. Eventually TaraGrey cat lying down managed to unwind the snake and threw it across the room. They then fled to the Lismore Base Hospital, where Tess worked as a receptionist.

Mother and daughter were both bitten, so their wounds were treated. They made a full recovery. Tess wondered how long that snake had been under her bed.

Tex Tillis, professional snake remover, came by the next day and took away the python. It was released again into the wild, a long way from Tess’s house. According to Mr. Tillis, the snake saw the two humans as a source of warmth.

Duchess the cat had apparently sensed the danger for days. If the cat had not awakened Tess that night, Tess knows that it might have been too late. Duchess saved their lives.

Mister Meanor

An officer of the Lindenhurst Police Department in Illinois came across a stray tabby on Memorial Day weekend, 2001. The cat seemed friendly and good-natured, so Officer Ralph Goar took it to the station.

His boss, Chief Jack McKeever, had been thinking the department needed a dog for a mascot. When Ralph introduced him to the cat, they decided he would make a perfect mascot. (Mascat?)

They named him Mister Meanor, or Meanor for short.

He soon made a place for himself with the police officers, and they discovered he had a good instinct for judging character. Said Officer Rebecca Labb: If a bad guy has bonded out, he (Mister Meanor) yells at the guy the whole way down the hallway, giving him the ‘what for’ with a scolding meow. However, if people here need comforting, he jumps up in their lap and comforts them. He distinguishes between the good guys and the bad guys. It’s amazing how he does that.

Meanor considers himself one of the team at the police department. He insists onTabby cat on fence drinking water from the water fountain. He has trained the staff to accommodate him. He stands at the water fountain and meows until he is lifted onto the platform. Here, he presses the button to release water and drink.

Meanor does have his mischievous side. One of his great stunts occurred when a visitor stopped by to pay a fine and left his wallet on the counter.

Meanor pulled it through the window separating staff from public, and began pulling out all his cash. The person paying the fine was not happy to have to pay it, but when he saw the cat pulling out his cash, he started laughing.

Meanor brings laughter and comfort to his colleagues in the police department. He can sense when someone is stressed, and he comes up and asks for a pet. Because the job is so stressful, the cat is a good source for stress relief.

Felix

This cat is a true working cat. She has held her job since 2011. After five years she received an award for her services. She is a great example of a cat who is employed and pleased with her job.

Felix works at the Huddersfield train station in Yorkshire. As commuters arrive early in the morning to catch their trains at the station, they will see Felix, a black and white cat, on duty.

She will be on the platform benches or looking out the ticket office window. She is the official station cat. She arrived in 2011 as a nine-week-old kitten. Her job is mouse control.

After naming her Felix, the staff discovered she was not a “he.” However, the cat liked the name, so they kept it. She has been a member of the team ever since.

When the staff put up a new set of ticket barriers, they realized they were interfering with Felix’s mouse patrolling duties. They installed a custom-made, personalized cat flap so she could continue her work.

After five years on the job, in 2016 Felix received a promotion. She became senior Black and white cat, lying downpest controller. With this new role came a special uniform: A high-visibility jacket and a TransPennineExpress name badge.

The staff at the station consider her one of the family. She often poses for pictures on the platforms with customers, or with one of her 20,000+ Facebook fans. Everyone says her presence brings a smile.

Lucinda reviewed a few of these stories for you earlier this year, so I am linking this post to one of those stories. If you would like to get your own copy of this book, you can order it from there. Go to this post to see the full details.

If you enjoyed these stories, or, better yet, if you have an amazing cat story of your own, pass it on to the rest of us to appreciate.  Leave a comment at the end of this post about your remarkable cat friends.


8 Responses to Here Are More Super Cat Tales

  1. Dave Sweney says:

    I love cats and so stories such as these are always welcomed and always entertaining to me. Super cats create super tales, and I have seen my share of these uber-cats do things you would not expect. The cats you have included in these stories are no different.

    Duchess is a true heroine and her actions saved the lives of a baby and possibly a mother. She is to be commended and provided the best life for her valor. There are not many cats that have this much bravery in the face of what they know is a danger.

    Meanor is another cat that will not soon be forgotten. Having a mascot makes the day go better for any human being, and he does his job well. He also lets everyone know that he is a true team player, right down to the water fountain! These heroes add so much color to a work environment…

    Felix the female cat is another one that is deserving of special attention. Not only has she had to deal with a male name, but she has also worked hard to get a promotion to the senior pest controller for the train station. That is worthy of full honors, recognition,  and a listing here within this tale of tales. 

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Glad you enjoyed the cat stories, Dave.  I do think they are pretty incredible animals, who have talents we haven’t even learned about yet.  It is good that they are being collected for others to read.  

      Hope you read a few more of my cat stories, Dave.  There are some funny ones in there and some very serious ones.  Take your pick.  Thanks for commenting.

  2. Annie Mackovjak says:

    I love reading stories about how cats have saved the day or have helped humans in other ways. Bravo to these felines!

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Yes, I agree — well done, kitty cats. I, too, enjoy such stories. I’m sure there are unsung heroes and heroines among our kitty cats. We are fortunate to have such creatures on our side.

  3. Charles Fisk says:

    Are cats always so curious? Why are they so protective? These three cats have different stories, but one thing in common. They have such loyalty to the ones they love. Duchess is a prime example of loyalty and protective instincts.  

    They all seem to know their role in the family. I once had an old Tom cat that would leave remnants of his nightly prowl on our back door step. I believe, if he could have talked to me he would have said “aren’t you proud of what l have done.”

    Excellent post!

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Yes, they are curious, and sometimes it can get them in trouble.  You are right, of course, about their loyalty.  Once they have bonded with you, they are your loyal defender against all things.  Their place in your home prompts them to do what they can to help out.

      That’s why the old Tom brought you remnants of his nightly forays.  He wanted to give a share to you.  He wants you to be as well-fed as he is.  I had a cat who loved to hunt, but when we moved to my present home, all he could find were voles and shrews.  He didn’t like the taste, I guess, because he never ate them.  He always gave them to me.

  4. Riaz Shah says:

    Cats are indeed lifesavers, their senses have actually saved me too from being robbed. Back while I was studying at university, I was always the last one to sleep and one night, my cat was meowing noisily. I soon found out that someone was trying to break in through the balcony, so I quickly called the police and they managed to come in time to catch the robber. I can never forget that night. Today, I have 4 cats and all of them walk freely too, as if they own the house 😀

    • Fran Kelso says:

      Yes, your cats are on guard.  Since they consider your home their territory, they will be very ready to defend it. And, yes, in a sense they have co-ownership with you.  That’s a good thing.  They will be very happy to take care of it for you.  

      Thanks for your story.  It’s good to know of others’ experiences with these crafty creatures.

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