… going on with cats’ outstanding life-saving stories;
1. Tom helped his owner discover she had cancer
Sue McKenzie felt there was something wrong with her cat Tom when he began pawing at her neck and meowing loudly. When she took him to the vet, however, the doctor determined that Tom was in good health and suggested that Tom’s behavior could be related to a problem with Sue. Sue was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after seeing her doctor. She was eventually given the all-clear after surgery and chemo.
2. Charley saved her diabetic owner
Claire Wood, a diabetic, woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and fell because of low blood sugar. Her cat immediately ran to the bedroom, bothering Wood’s deep-sleeper husband until he woke up. He saw his wife wasn’t in bed and followed Charley into the bathroom, where he gave his wife glucagon injection. Good job Charley!
3. Major Tom lived up to his reputation by saving his owner in a remarkable way
Major Tom, the cat of Sailor Grant McDonald, repeatedly punched him until he woke up, warning him of the danger that his ship was rapidly filling with water. McDonald and his cat were able to activate an emergency beacon and leap into a lifeboat, where they were rescued by a Chinese ship.
4. Real hero Tom
A cat named Tom is said to have led starving British and French troops to food caches during the Crimean War in 1854, saving their lives. He was returned to England, where he lived happily for the rest of his life. After his death, he was actually stuffed-– you can see him in the National Army Museum in London!
5. Simon helped out the British Navy, becoming the only cat to receive the Dickin Medal, Britain’s highest honor for animal bravery
Simon was on board the British ship Amethyst when it was attacked, and he not only survived but also went on to help rid the ship of rats, saving their dwindling food supplies. He was also recognized for boosting the morale of the crew members, who had been devastated by the attack, which took the lives of several of their coworkers. Unfortunately, he died of sickness just days before he was to be honored with the medal.