It is starting to look like we are going to have to rethink the term ‘scaredy cat’ with all these brave cats making headlines. The most recent in this long line of brave cats is Smudge, a moggy that saved 5-year-old Ethan Fenton from a pack of bullies.
Ethan and his 2-year-old brother, Ashton, were playing soccer in the front yard when a group of three older, and much larger, boys walked up and started taunting Ethan. Taking the highroad, Ethan did not respond to the bullies and instead continued to play with his brother. However, bullies do not always take kindly to being ignored.
Ethan’s mother, Sarah Fenton, told The Mirror that “one of the boys got in Ethan's face and said, 'Oi! Why are you ignoring me?' and pushed him over.”
And then, Smudge lept into action.
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Rushing out from under a car, Smudge jumped up onto the aggressive boy’s chest, pushing him off Ethan and putting the fear of God into him.
"I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off,” said Ethan’s mother.
What the Fentons found most surprising about the event was how readily Smudge came to Ethan’s rescue. Sure, a close knit bond had been forged between the young moggy and the two boys, but never had they see their beloved house cat act in such a protective way. This brave cat behavior presented an entirely new side to their kitty that they had never seen before.
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And Sarah Fenton couldn’t be happier about it. "I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend [Ethan] like that.”
While Smudge did not play the part of the brave cat for any kind of recognition, his actions are certainly earning him a lot of press. In fact, because of Smudge’s protective behavior, his name has been thrown in the ring for the National Cat of the Year award, one of the highest honors a British cat can receive.
However, even though he is starting to gain popularity for being such a brave cat, Smudge knows that his job as Ethan’s protector is not over. Sarah told a reporter at The Mirror that "[Smudge] has slept outside his bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened.”
Now that is a cat that knows the importance of family.