The first thing that comes to mind when you think of a “guardian pet” would be a dog. And rightfully so, as dogs tend to show more protective behaviors than any other house pet.
But this isn’t to say that the same wouldn’t apply to cats.
Smudge is the Renton family’s cat, and they got him when he was a mere 10 weeks old after their previous cat passed away. From the moment they got him, they knew it was meant to be.
“When they first showed us Smudge it was just love at first sight,” Sharon, the mother, said according to the Express. Her sons, Ethan and Aston, had been attached to him since the start. And years later, Smudge’s loyalty would end up saving the day.
Ethan and Aston, who were aged 5 and 2 at the time, wanted to play some soccer with each other. They went out in the front garden to play, and it was just another day with two brothers spending quality time together.
But they weren’t alone for long.
A few boys, a little older than Ethan, came over to the two brothers and started shouting Ethan’s name. They were trying to antagonize him, but Ethan was ignoring them and kept playing soccer.
Seeing this didn’t work, one of the boys got up close to Ethan and ended up pushing him to the ground. Seeing as these boys were older and bigger than them, there wasn’t much they could do. But someone else could.
Smudge had seen his family being bullied, so he went into action.
The cat, which was sitting quietly under the family’s car prior to this happening, turned into the ultimate guardian pet. Smudge went up to the boy who’d knocked over Ethan and pounced on his chest!
“The boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears, and then ran off,” Sharon said. With the other bullies following behind, Smudge had successfully defended Ethan and Aston.
This feat by Smudge not only saved his family, but it also put him in the running for a Cat of the Year Award in 2014, which is a UK contest that recognizes the best cats across the country!
Smudge making it to the finals of the national award showed that he’s no ordinary cat. He didn’t win the award, but getting recognized as one of the best cats in the country is still a great achievement.
Normally, some cats wouldn’t even lift a paw upon seeing someone in distress. But Smudge wasn’t going to allow those bullies to ruin his family’s day.