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The guard cat is said to have prevented alleged robberies

BELDEN, Miss — A Mississippi man said his pet cat helped prevent a robbery at his home and he credits the calico with possibly saving his life.

Bandit, a 20-pound cat, lives in Belden, a suburb of Tupelo, with her retired owner, Fred Everitt. When at least two people tried to break into their home last week, the cat did everything it could to warn Everitt of the danger, he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

“You hear about guard dogs,” said Everitt, 68. “That’s a guard cat.”

The attempted robbery occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on July 25, Everitt said. He was first woken up by Bandit’s meows in the kitchen. She then ran into the bedroom, jumped on the bed and started pulling down the covers on him and scratching his arms. Everitt knew something was wrong.

“She had never done that before,” Everitt said. “I thought, ‘What on earth is wrong with you?'”

Everitt got up to check and saw two young men outside his back door. One had a pistol and the other was using a crowbar to try to pry open the door, he said.

Everitt said by the time he retrieved a pistol and returned to the kitchen, the would-be intruders had already fled. Everitt told the newspaper he did not call the police.

He said the situation could have been different without Bandit.

“Thank God it didn’t come to a confrontational situation,” Everitt said. “But I think it’s just the cat.”

Everitt adopted Bandit from the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society four years ago.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/03/guard-cat-credited-with-preventing-would-be-robbery/ The guard cat is said to have prevented alleged robberies

JACLYN DIAZ

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