This cat owner never thought her beloved kitty would do something heroic when her family decided to adopt her many years ago. Brandy Miller always thought of her 11-year-old cat as kind of a loner.
Meet Shotzie the family cat!
“She’s not really a people cat,” Miller confessed during an interview with The Dodo. “She doesn’t like being around anyone except for my mom and my stepdad, Kirk. If anyone comes over, she usually hides. And if I’m around her, she’ll usually start hissing. She just doesn’t like me or my sisters.”
Three weeks ago, the family cat surprised everyone in the family and proved her love to the people in her life.
Miller’s stepdad, Kirk Mathis, had a heart attack on March 2 and nobody thought that that the family’s beloved cat would do a big part in saving him.
“My stepdad was getting ready to leave for work — he leaves for work at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Miller said. “I think he had just fed [Shotzie], and he was going to the door and he had this massive heart attack. He fell back and hit the ground.”
“She ran back in the bedroom, jumped up on the bed, slid across her comforter, pounced on [my mom’s] head and let out the biggest roar to wake her up,” Miller said. “She said, ‘Shotzie roared like a mountain lion.’ She said it was an extremely loud and deep growl to get her up and get moving.”
The family cat had never made a sound like this before, and Tammy quickly realized something was not right. When Tammy went into the living room, she found Kirk lying on the floor.
“She immediately started CPR on him, but couldn’t get a response from him,” Miller said. “She got the firefighters there, and they had to shock him three times, and they finally got a heartbeat from him.”
Thanks to the family cat, Kirk was immediately rushed to the hospital — the doctors saved his life and got him in a stable condition. He’ll need triple bypass surgery soon, according to Miller, but for now, Kirk is back home, and Shotzie hasn’t left his side.
“She’s just watching Kirk constantly, even when he goes to the bathroom,” Miller said. “That cat will not let him out of her sight.”
Kirk is so proud of Shotzie, and he’s making sure the cat knows how thankful he is.
“He’s been feeding her like it’s going out of style … and they’re making sure she’s living in style,” she said. “He is so glad they have her.”
“We are beyond thankful he and my mom have this cat in their lives,” Miller said. “She’s slowly starting to come around me more, too, so that makes it even better. We will no longer refer to her as the mean cat.”
“It’s still hard to believe it all happened,” Miller added. “It’s absolutely amazing.”
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Source: The Dodo