When we felines come in to the life of a human, we do a lot of good things. We provide you with a loving companion. When you pet us, not only do you make us happy, but you release endorphins to make you feel happy. And our purrs help you humans fight infections, heal bones, lower blood pressure, and heal soft tissue.
We felines benefit, too. It is always good to have a human who cares for us and makes sure that we are happy and healthy. And being inside with a human to care for us helps extend our lives.
This symbiotic relationship went way beyond the normal for some humans who lived with a tortie in the United Kingdom, however. You see, these humans were sound asleep when a fire broke out in their home. They had no idea that the home was going to burn down and that they would die in the flames.
But then Tink, who never hops on the bed, landed with a big thud on the bed. That woke up her human, who promptly got the other humans out of the home. Sadly, Tink panicked in the commotion, and hid in a cabinet. She was overcome with fumes before firefighters found her.
Fortunately, these firefighters were equipped with special breathing apparatus designed for animals. After receiving oxygen for about an hour, Tink recovered.
And now, Tink has received the cat of the year award from Cats Protection in the United Kingdom. Said one of her humans, “Tink is a truly special cat, we love her to bits. She’s our hero and an essential part of our family and we’re so proud of her for what she did.”
Tink is a hero and her humans owe their lives to her. I am very happy that Tink’s heroics did not result in her leaving us. And I am glad there are heroic cats like her helping their humans!