Hero Cat Pounds On Door, Saves Owners From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible);

A fluffy brown tabby cat is being hailed as a hero after she alerted her human family to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide in their home last month.

Annette Shanahan of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, told Madison.com this week that around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4, she felt weak, ill and disoriented and wandered out of bed, collapsing into a chair in the bedroom.

Her husband, Kevin, said he would have slept through it if it weren’t for the family cat, Gracie.

”All of the sudden Gracie, I heard she was pounding, knocking, knocking, knocking at the door,” he told local news channel WREG. “And so I got out of bed and to stop her from pounding at the door, and I looked to my left and Annette was there in the chair.”

Gracie doesn’t usually try to get into the bedroom, so the pounding was out of the ordinary for her, the couple said.

They were barely able to call 911 to tell them they couldn’t breathe. When help arrived, firefighters discovered deadly carbon monoxide levels in their home, which was later attributed to a hot water heater malfunction.

They both credit Gracie with saving their lives.

“Without her obviously we wouldn’t be here,” Annette Shanahan told Madison.com.

Katy Nelson, a veterinarian who hosts The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, told HuffPost that carbon monoxide will affect a cat much faster than a larger human. That means that Gracie was likely in a better ventilated spot, or in a room with better air quality, when the incident happened.

“The symptoms of [carbon monoxide] poisoning in animals is similar to that of people, and as small as the kitty is, she should’ve definitely been affected by it sooner, so I have to believe she was somewhere with better ventilated air,” Nelson said in an email.

Luckily, Gracie — as well as the Shanahans’ other two cats — also survived the carbon monoxide leak unharmed.

Want more unusual stories like this? Get the HuffPost Weird News email.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Read More at Huffington Post

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

4 Biggest Myths About Fat Burning
Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds
Torch Calories With This Total-Body Circuit Workout
10 Ways to Burn More Calories During Any Type of Workout
Fearing disease, Kenyans burn animal carcasses as drought deepens
Misty Copeland Explains Why Emotional Strength Is Her Beauty Secret
Who You Should Love After Loss
8 U.S. Solo Travel Destinations You Probably Haven’t Thought Of
Scale Stuck? How To Get Over That Weight-Loss Plateau
Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You to Take Supplements, But Experts Say You Don’t Really Need Them
Using This Simple Kitchen Tool Helped Me Drop 108 Pounds
This Is How Much Protein You Really Need to Eat in a Day
FDA approves Tesaro’s ovarian cancer drug
What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet
Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds
Chinese drug approval boosts AstraZeneca’s lung cancer hopes