National Cat of the Year Awards – Smudge the Hero
Continuing our profile of the 2014 nominees for the UK National Cat of the Year Awards, here we have Smudge, a feisty feline who is up for an award in the ‘Heroic Cat’ category.
Earlier this year, the brave moggy saved his young owner, Nathan Fenton from being attacked by bullies after they teased and shoved him to the ground outside his home.
Not one to stand around and watch his master being bullied, Smudge ran out hissing and pounced onto the chest of the ringleader who had pushed the young Ethan just moments before.
The boy and his friends were so shocked by the tabby cat’s actions that they ran away crying leaving Ethan and his two-year-old brother Ashton alone.
Mother Sharon Fenton, 26, who witnessed the attack said: “I was keeping an eye on the boys who were playing football in the front garden.
“I saw three boys who were much taller and older than Ethan walk over to our front gate.
“I heard them shout Ethan’s name twice but he ignored them and just put his head back down and kept playing with Ashton.
“But then they shouted him again and then one of the boys got in Ethan’s face and said “Oi! Why are you ignoring me?” and shoved him to the ground.
As Sarah rushed out to confront the bullies she witnessed Smudge come to the rescue.
“I saw Smudge fly out from under our car hissing and then jump on the boy’s chest. I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off.”
Miss Fenton, said they had picked up the ginger and white moggy Smudge from a shelter when he was just 10-weeks-old.
“When they showed us Smudge it was just love at first sight,” she said.
“He was so small and cute and I knew we just had to have him.”
The family, who are from Doncaster, had owned Smudge for three years before he came to the rescue of young Ethan.
Proud Miss Fenton said: “He has never done anything like that before but it was absolutely brilliant seeing him look out for Ethan like that.
He has even taken to protecting the boy at night too.
“He has slept outside his bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened.” Miss Fenton said.
“I actually feel so much safer knowing Smudge is around after seeing him defend him like that.”
Update: It turned out that Smudge didn’t take home the ‘Heroic Cat’ award at the ceremony held this month in London’s Savoy Hotel.
However, what’s more important is that from his uncertain beginnings in an animal shelter, Smudge has found a home where he belongs.
“He is a big part of the family and he is more of a brother to the boys than a cat.” Miss Fenton said.