Police responding to an early-hours emergency call were stunned to discover a slumbering cat at the other end of the line.
Howard Moss, 64, was at a loss to explain how an emergency call had been traced to his home when police turned up on his doorstep.
The retired lecturer was woken in the early hours of Tuesday at his home in Trafalgar Place, Brynmill, Swansea, South Wales.
He assured the officers that he was alone in the house and had certainly not made the call.
"The police insisted that it was not a spook call because it had originated from inside the house," Mr Moss said. "Then one of them noticed Ginger the cat sitting on the phone and he twigged right away. He said 'The cat's done it', it was the only possibility."
He said his 12-year-old pet had recently taken to sprawling over a small downstairs telephone table in the evenings.
"Ginger had some how managed to ease off the receiver and by a bit of a miracle one of his paws had pushed the 9 button on the large keypad three times.
"Obviously, he couldn't leave a message but when the police got no answer they treated the call seriously."