The Anonymous Widower

Cats For Protection

The BBC is showing a video of a cat saving a young boy from a dog. It’s here on the Daily Mail.

But cats are strange animals and often behave in ways to get what they want.

Years ago, I often used to walk round the stables by the house to check the horses. One night, I shone a torch into the stable and saw that the horse was sitting curled up by the back wall. But the torch picked out two eyes just under his shoulder and I could see one of our ginger cats snuggled in the warmth. It wasn’t the only time I saw this and one day mentioned it to an old horse-coper, who explained it like this.

Horses don’t like mice and rats scrambling through the straw, as being flight animals small noises may make them want to flee and of course they can’t. So the horse had encouraged the cat in, to protect him from the savage rodents. He said that over the years, he’d seen several strong friendships between horses or ponies and cats.

May 15, 2014 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. Regarding the video, I can’t help wondering why someone would see this happening and think “oohh I must video this” instead of thinking “oohh I must help that little boy”

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | May 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. That was explained on some report I saw. His mother was nearby in the garden and the picture was taken by their CCTV camera.

    Comment by AnonW | May 17, 2014 | Reply

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