Monday, April 09, 2007

A Letter to my Cat...

Dear Lilly...

You are the sweetest little girl in the world and I love you no matter what... but I would like you to read the following article... and learn.

Cat saves family from
poisonous fumes

NEW CASTLE, Ind. - A cat helped spare a family from death by carbon monoxide poisoning by jumping on the bed and meowing wildly as fumes filled the home, the owners said.

Eric and Cathy Keesling said their 14-year-old cat, Winnie, played a crucial role in saving their lives March 24 after a gasoline-powered water pump in their basement caused the odorless but deadly gas to build up.

About 1 a.m., the domestic shorthair began nudging Cathy’s ear and meowing loudly.

“It was a crazy meow, almost like she was screaming,” said Cathy, who hesitated to get up until Winnie’s caterwauling and jumping persisted.

When she finally climbed from bed, she realized she was nauseous and dizzy and couldn’t awaken her husband. Because he had undergone minor neck surgery the previous day, she decided to call 911 but was so disoriented she had trouble dialing.

Paramedics found the couple’s 14-year-old son, Michael, unconscious on the floor near his bedroom. The Keeslings were taken from the home in oxygen masks, treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and soon recovered.

Cathy Keesling said Winnie acted similarly last summer when tornadoes tore through the area, 45 miles east of Indianapolis.“I really believe cats can sense these kind of things,” she said.


Okay, Lilly... it's not that I don't appreciate all the loving nudges, friendly leg attacks, and constant "talking" that you do... but I thought you should know what other cats are doing out there. And if there ever was an emergency... one that I wasn't aware of... I'd like to know that you would have the know-how to jump into action!

But don't worry... if you don't have it in you to perform such heroics... I'll love you anyway.

Yours forever,


At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Arkansas Songbird said...

My cat would only save me in the event that she was uncomfortable or unhappy with a given situation. She "talks" loudly when she isn't getting the proper attention due her as Queen of the Household!!!

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Wow - stories like that always make me wonder what my animals would do...and I'm surprised because normally in a Carbon Monoxide environment, it is usually the smallest that go first - how did that cat survive?


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