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Little ginger cat becomes award winning hero for saving little boy’s life

Little boy with his ginger cat cat-happy
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You might think a cat would be the last creature to put itself out for someone else. But one little ginger cat’s actions saved the life of a very poorly little boy.

By Zoe Monk

Published on the 16/11/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

This story starts a few years ago when Sally Gaunt from Australia was looking to adopt a kitten. She took her then two-year-old son Beau to visit some pet rescue shelters.

Love at first sight

When they spotted a little ginger kitten, it was pretty much love at first sight.

The kitten called Sandy was immediately smitten with young Beau. Sandy told the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards: “Sandy just jumped up into his lap and immediately snuggled into Beau.

“The volunteer at the RSPCA got her camera as she said she had never seen this bond so quickly and wanted to show her co-workers. It was instant so we took him home.”

Strong bond

Sandy settled in well to her new home and she and Beau quickly become inseparable.


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But it was around a year later that Sandy was to prove her devotion to her young owner in a dramatic and life-saving way.

One night, Sally woke up to Sandy pawing at her as if to try and wake her up. She said: “It was Good Friday and Sandy woke me – pawing and biting my hair. I thought he wanted feeding so ignored him, but he kept on biting me,” she says.

Something was wrong

Sandy’s persistence paid off and Sally was soon wide awake. But she soon realised that something was seriously wrong.

Lying near her, little three-year-old Beau was having a seizure. Sally immediately called for an ambulance.

“I woke to find Beau unconscious in bed twitching, making clicking noises and drooling a great deal,” she said.

Little ginger hero

While Sally was calling an ambulance and seeing to Beau, Sandy never left the boy’s side.

“I was so upset, but noticed Sandy sitting under the stretcher.”

It was then that Sally realised that the cat’s actions had saved her son’s life.

“The hospital advised Beau was very lucky to have Sandy as he would have passed away if we hadn’t found him … we are eternally grateful to still have Sandy in our lives.”

Doctors discovered that Beau had epilepsy, which was what caused his seizure.

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Award recognition

But while the family will always be grateful to their beloved feline, friend her heroic act was officially recognised when she was awarded the Advocate People’s Rescue Story in the national Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.


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Friends forever

Even though Beau isn’t such a little boy anymore, Sandy is always with him, especially at night, keeping a watchful eye, or whisker, over him.

Well done Sandy!