English police released a tape of a woman with slurred speech calling the 999 emergency line to report her cat was giving her a headache.
Greater Manchester Police said the call, one of many among the 1,377 calls to the emergency line during Christmas and Boxing Day that were not based on actual emergencies, came from a woman who was upset that her cat was playing with string and the noise was "doing her head in," the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
The woman said the situation was an emergency because it had "been going on for two hours now."
Police said they released the tape to remind people not to call 999 for non-emergencies ahead of the upcoming New Year's Eve holiday.
"I don't want a person to call 999 and be delayed because someone else is calling to report something that is not an emergency or, worse still, a deliberate joke," said Superintendent Karan Lee, head of call handling for Greater Manchester Police.