by Bethany Meissner
Many cat parents have brushed off their cats’ demands for attention. It’s a good thing that Mary Johnston on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada paid attention.
According to Nugget.Ca, Mary was reading one afternoon in September when her cat, Ivy, jumped into her lap. The two-year-old Siamese mix then immediately leaped from Mary’s lap to a nearby windowsill. Mary said that “Then she walked back over and jumped on me. It was like, ‘Hey, pay attention.’”
Ivy isn’t a particularly vocal cat according to her owner, but Mary felt that Ivy was clearly trying to communicate something. Because of Ivy’s actions, Mary stopped reading and noticed a noise outside the window. According to Mary, “it sounded more like a cat when they do that deep, growly yowl.”
Mary hurried outside, thinking that there was an animal who needed her help. To her surprise, Mary found her neighbor, Eric Russell, on a stepladder with his arm snagged in his garage door. Eric is 69 but had been trying to fix the garage door. According to Eric, at one point, the door shifted, forming “a tourniquet around my arm.”
The accident dislocated Eric’s shoulder and trapped him in a painful position. Although his wife was home, she couldn’t hear Eric’s yelling. Thankfully, sharp-eared Ivy heard and made sure Mary noticed.
Once Mary saw Eric, she grabbed two additional neighbors to help free him shortly before an ambulance arrived. It’s a good thing that Ivy grabbed Mary’s attention when she did. Eric said that doctors informed him that if he had been stuck another 15 minutes, he “could have lost [his] arm.”
To thank Ivy, Eric gave Mary a gift certificate to a nearby pet store where Mary got a cat tree as a present for Ivy. Ivy has been enjoying the cat tree along with Mary’s other cat, Nellie who herself was rescued from a woodpile.
Ivy not only was Eric’s savior, but she has also been helping Nellie who acted almost feral when she was first rescued. Nellie still isn’t a lap cat, but she enjoys Ivy’s company. In the new cat tree, according to Mary, “the two of them play in it and…have a great time.” It sounds like it was the perfect thank you gift to an impressive hero cat.
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