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An Ohio woman saved two cats from an animal shelter. And recently, one of them returned the favor.

Mary Miltenberger’s marmalade cat, Tigger, saved her from a potential fire that could have destroyed not only her apartment but others in her 12-unit apartment complex.

When Miltenberger returned home from work on Monday, Sept. 13, she had two beers and turned on the air conditioner in her living room. She then turned on the TV in her bedroom, laid down, and quickly fell asleep.

A few minutes later, Tigger bumped her head against Miltenberger’s forehead. She pushed the cat away, saying “Please, Tigger, stop. Mommy is tired.”

Tigger usually tries to wake up his person in the morning when its time to eat. But this was no wake-up call.

When Miltenberger got out of bed and walked out in the living room, she smelled what she thought to be something burning. The air conditioner had stopped. She climbed on a chair, put her hand near the unit, and she could feel heat.

Although she didn’t see any smoke, she unplugged the AC and called the apartment complex maintenance department. An office manager assured her that a circuit breaker in the air conditioner probably would have shut off the unit before it caught fire.

Miltenberger isnt so sure.

Thank God for Tigger, Miltenberger said. And whoever would have thought it was a cat. You usually think of dogs doing this kind of thing.

Miltenberger worries about what would have happened to her neighbors if there had been a fire.

Theres an older woman and she has a cat, Miltenberger said. She probably would have … God knows what would have happened. I dont even want to think about it.

[Source: Middletown Journal]