OLYMPIA, Wash. (CNN) – A fat cat in Washington is being hailed a hero. He’s also getting lots of treats after alerting his owner to a break in.
Strider’s constant lounging, trips to the food bowl and his overall apathy have earned the cat a reputation.
“Well he’s fat and he’s lazy,” Owner Barb Gansberg said.
“He’ll just stare at you and meow. He’s kind of a pain in the rump,” Kerry Gansberg, Barb’s husband, said.
In fairness, Barb and Kerry gifted him to their girls 10 years ago.
“And it became our problem,” Kerry said.
So these disinterested parents laid down ground rules. No wandering into the bedroom, which is actually why we’re here.
Barb was alone Tuesday morning getting ready for work when in strolls Strider into the forbidden zone.
“He sneaks into my bedroom and looks at me. I thought what the heck is wrong with you. And he sat right down,” Barb said.
The timid seat was a signal. Barb ran out and found two burglars in the house with her purse in hand.
“So I just yelled hey, and off they went.”
They made it one block before police caught them. Good thing too, Strider was in hot pursuit.
“Haha, my attack cat,” Barb said.
This fat cat’s earned some street cred in his living room.
“Yeah, he may have saved the day. I didn’t know the cat had it in him,” Barb said.
He’s earned some real tuna too.
“He’s a hero for the time being. But all good things must come to an end, unfortunately,” Kerry said.
After all, a lazy leopard can’t change its spots.
“Still fat and lazy,” Barb said.
“And I don’t expect that to change,” Kerry said.
Plus there’s another theory to that whole hero thing. Maybe he was just being a scared-ey cat.