burning house with no thought for us. We tend to assume that the only threat to a burglar would be that he might trip over the cat in the dark. Dogs, so people assume, are the “hero pets,” warning their owners of ﬁre or other dangers.
But in fact there are true stories of cats waking up their owners when the house was on ﬁre or raising a ruckus when someone was breaking into the house. There are even cases of cats saving the lives of people (or other cats) who were being attacked by vicious dogs. Yes, cats do seem to be selﬁsh creatures, but they do have their noble moments.