Oregon family credits cat for saving their lives

Oregon family credits cat for saving their lives

The cat (Lilly) was recently adopted by Sandi Martin from the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, Oregon.

PORTLAND, OREGON:

An Oregon family’s cat is being praised by her family after alerting the humans in the house of a potentially dangerous gas leak.

The cat (Lilly) was recently adopted by Sandi Martin from the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood, Oregon.

Sandi said she was playing at her Lake Oswego home with Lilly when the cat started sniffing at a fireplace valve in a way that struck Sandi as unusual.

“I went over and sniffed, and there was a natural gas smell,” Sandi Martin told reporters. “It was very faint, so I didn’t trust my nose. Then I asked my husband to sniff it, and he sniffed it too.”

The couple then contacted their gas company, NW Natural, and were instructed to shut off the electronics in the room and open all windows and doors. The company’s employee arrived about 20 minutes later and confirmed that there was a gas leak.

“He came in and tested it, and he said it was a dangerous gas leak,” Sandi said. “Then he tested all the other sources of gas and went outside and cut off the pipe to the gas there and capped it off and shut down the fireplace. She might have saved our lives.”

Sandi said Lilly has extra toes on her feet, a trait considered to be lucky in cats. According to her, the gas experience confirmed the feline’s good fortune.

(Edited by Mandeep Joshi)

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