As reported by NBC News, a cat named Bandit saved a Mississippi man from having his home burglarized by alerting him to the attempted home invasion as it happened.
Bandit’s owner Fred Everitt lives alone with the calico cat and he shared that their usually quiet life was upturned when two burglars tried to break into their home in the early hours of the morning.
If it had not been for Bandit’s quick thinking and bravery, Everitt believes that he could have been the victim of a dangerous home invasion. The pensioner credits Bandit with saving his life.
The attempted robbery took place around 3 am on July 25th, according to Everitt who was alerted that there was something wrong around his time when he was woken by Bandit’s panicked meowing.
Everitt shared that as soon as he sat up in bed Bandit jumped onto his lap, meowing frantically and clawing at his arms. The cat’s owner had never known his docile calico cat to behave this way and instantly knew that something was very wrong.
Everitt explained to NBC News:
“She had never done that before. I went, ‘What in the world is wrong with you?’”
A terrifying scene
The distressed calico led his owner down the stairs and into the kitchen, where Everitt came upon a terrifying scene.
Standing outside the backdoor were two men dressed in black; one armed with a handgun, the other brandishing a crowbar.
Thoroughly rattled, Everitt flicked on his kitchen light and ran back to his bedroom to grab his own handgun from his bedside locker.
By the time the pensioner returned to the back door, weapon in hand, the two would-be burglars had fled.
Fred Everitt is certain that if it had not been for his beloved calico cat Bandit, then he could have faced the terror of a full-on home invasion. Sharing his relief that he was saved from danger, Everitt said:
“It did not turn into a confrontational situation, thank goodness! But I think it’s only because of the cat.”
Everitt shared with the news site that he had adopted Bandit from Tupelo-Lee Humane Society four years prior to the incident.
He initially brought the cat into his home, so that they could share a quiet life together, as peaceful companions.
The man had no way of knowing then, that Bandit would one day be the one to stand between him and imminent danger!