Anyone would be shocked -- and probably angry -- to wake up at 3:30 a.m. to find that their cat bit them.
A mother in Alberta, Canada, was no exception, but when she realized what her cat was trying to tell her, she suddenly realized with gratitude and horror that her family was in grave danger.
Early in the morning on Feb. 9, in the Clairmont neighborhood of Alberta, the underside of a family's mobile home caught fire, but each of the four family members -- a mother, father and two children -- were fast asleep when it happened, reports CBC News.
They owe their lives to one of their two cats, who crept in the parents' room, jumped onto their bed and started biting down hard on the mom's arm. It was then that she realized the message it was trying to give her, jumped out of bed, called emergency services and fled the house with the father and children.
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“[The family] was pretty happy with their cat," County of Grande Prairie Fire Chief Trevor Grant told BuzzFeed News. "The cat woke them up with enough time."
Firefighters responded quickly and were able to extinguish the fire and save the family's second cat, who was still in the house. No injuries were reported.
"If they hadn’t been notified, it could have definitely been a different result," added Grant, according to the Edmonton Jounal.
The family and their cats are staying elsewhere while their home is repaired. Officials are still investigating to determine the cause of the fire.
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"It's pretty interesting to see that it was the cat that did alert them that there was an issue."
The fire chief recommended that families install smoke detectors and ensure that they are working properly. He did not suggest relying on household pets.
"We definitely prefer to have the use of smoke detectors or heat sensors within a residence," he said, adding that he had seen this happen before with a dog but that it was the first time he had seen it with a cat, according to CBC.