|Monty, a lovable ginger tabby cat from Camrose, Alberta was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame today. Monty's persistence alerted recently-diagnosed diabetic Patricia Peter to dangerously low blood sugar levels, preventing the onset of a diabetic coma. HAND OUT PHOTO (CNW Group/Nestl Purina PetCare).
A local cat is being honoured for saving her Camrose owner’s life.
Monty, a ginger tabby cat, is being inducted into the 2012 Purina Animal Hall of Fame.
After rescuing Monty from the Edmonton Humane Society two years ago, Patricia Peter was the one who needed rescuing.
“I’m very happy that I was there,” Peter said of the day that she adopted Monty.
“But I think Monty picked me more than I picked him.”
Monty’s heroics began with behaviour that Peter described as uncharacteristic.
Monty woke Peter up by nibbling on her left hand late one night. Peter said that this behaviour was strange as Monty never bites. But it was also strange because Peter’s left hand is the only hand that she uses to test for diabetes.
Initially, Peter tried to “shoo” her cat away, but Monty was persistent in keeping Peter awake.
Eventually Peter gave in to the demands of her cat and got out of bed.
Upon standing, Peter realized that something was wrong.
“I felt dizzy, disoriented, shaky. I couldn’t focus, I was nauseous,” Peter said.
By the time Peter made it to the kitchen, her blood sugar had reached a dangerously low 2.7. Even after Peter treated her sugar levels with medication, Monty would not leave her alone.
Monty stayed by her side until her levels normalized.
“I think I would have gone into a diabetic coma if it weren’t for Monty,” Peter said. “I love him dearly, I’m glad he chose me to come home with.”
Since the hall of fame’s inception in 1968, there have been 155 inductees. Monty is the 26th cat.