Are these examples of cats saving people’s lives? This is quite a tricky subject because people who disagree will say that these are not true examples of cats saving lives. They say it is about people anthropomorphizing cats (turning cats into people).
The flue from a wood burning stove breaks loose causing fumes to fill the home. The person is asleep. The cats jump onto the person and wake her up. The cats could have run out of the room and house. Was this a deliberate act of concern for a human companion?
A diabetic woman has a very close relationship with her cat, Charley. Charley does not have the same sort of relationship with the woman’s husband. The woman goes to the bed and gets up to go to the toilet. She has a hypoglycemic attack in the bathroom, collapses and falls unconscious. Charley spots this and spends a lot of time trying to wake up the woman’s husband who pushes her off a few times. Charley persists in tapping his face and licking him until finally he sits up. He sees that his wife is not in bed and goes to the bathroom to give her an injection. If he had not given that injection the woman could have fallen into a coma and possibly died. Charley figured out a way to help her and it wasn’t direct help. She appears to have the good sense to find someone who could help; her husband.
This is a variation on example 2. Pudding, a 21 pound orange tabby, had just been adopted from a rescue center. The owner was diabetic. She had a “diabetic seizure” in her sleep the day she adopted Pudding. In this instance, Pudding did manage to wake up his companion and when awake she called out to her son who helped her to recover.
See picture — Buddy, Esther’s cat starts to constantly sniff under Esthers’ left arm and even bit the area. This prompted Esther to see her doctor for a checkup and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery and radiotherapy. Buddy stopped sniffing that area. Conclusion: cat diagnoses a health problem.
There are many examples in which a cat, as a close companion, adds enjoyment to a person’s life which over the long term makes life bearable. That is not saving a life in a dramatic moment but in some cases it quite possible does mean a lengthening of life. A true cat companion can make life worth living.
This is an example of a cat preventing suicide. A woman has clinical depression. She did not know she had clinical depression. She begins to feel suicidal. Years earlier she had taken in a feral cat. They were great buddies and her husband, a good man, was not as friendly towards her cat and vice versa.
The woman contemplates suicide. She does this for quite a long time. She makes plans. Then suddenly she thinks of her cat. She asks herself what will happen to her cat when she is gone. She thinks there is no one to really care for her cat when she is gone. She decides she can’t commit suicide. She seeks help instead and so she lives and so does her cat.
I have a feeling that this last example is typical of a decent number of people. Their cat saved their lives.