I adore animals; they’re perceptive, loving and usually accepting of everyone in the household. They’re intelligent and aware of the needs, behaviors, and moods of their humans. They can sense when something’s not quite right. This story of a hero cat named Shotzie doesn’t surprise me one bit. But brandy Miller, a stepdaughter of the man Shotzie saved never thought she would act with such heroics.
The 11-year-old loyal kitty proved her wrong. Brandy always considered the kitty to be somewhat of a loner. “She’s not really a people cat,” Brandy told The Dodo. “She doesn’t like being around anyone except for my mom and my stepdad, Kirk. If anyone comes over, she usually hides. And if I’m around her, she’ll usually start hissing. She just doesn’t like me or my sisters.”
Three weeks ago, on March 2nd, Shotzie proved her love and loyalty to her family. While preparing to leave for work, Kirk Mathis, Brandy’s stepfather had a heart attack. Shotzie jumped into action.
“My stepdad was getting ready to leave for work — he leaves for work at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Brandy said. “I think he had just fed [Shotzie], and he was going to the door and he had this massive heart attack. He fell back and hit the ground.”
Shotzie didn’t waste time. She rushed back into the bedroom Kirk shared with brandy’s mom, Tammy. “She ran back in the bedroom, jumped up on the bed, slid across her comforter, pounced on [my mom’s] head and let out the biggest roar to wake her up,” Brandy said. “She said, ‘Shotzie roared like a mountain lion.’ She said it was an extremely loud and deep growl to get her up and get moving.”
For all the years Shotzie had been with her family, Tammy had never heard her make a noise like this. She realized something had to be terribly wrong. She hurried to the living room where she found Kirk on the floor. She immediately began CPR; she summoned the fire department. “They had to shock him three times, and they finally got a heartbeat from him,” Brandy said.
Thanks to Shotzie, Kirk is alive. His life was saved. He arrived at the hospital just in time. He’ll need triple bypass surgery. But for now, he was stabilized and is back at home. And Shotzie? She’s been his shadow.
“She’s just watching Kirk constantly, even when he goes to the bathroom,” Brandy said. “That cat will not let him out of her sight.”
The family was left stunned at what their cat did for them; no one more so than Kirk. He’s making sure Shotzie knows how grateful he is. “He’s been feeding her like it’s going out of style … and they’re making sure she’s living in style,” she said. “He is so glad they have her.”
Brandy’s opinion of Shotzie has changed for the better too. “We are beyond thankful he and my mom have this cat in their lives,” Brandy said. “She’s slowly starting to come around me more, too, so that makes it even better. We will no longer refer to her as the mean cat.”
“It’s still hard to believe it all happened,” she added. “It’s absolutely amazing.”