Every so often we read about a cat who saved the life of his owner. The owner is convinced that their life has been saved by their cat because their cat detected the cancer and then gave them a signal of some sort to tell their owner. Is this believable? Are the stories really about cat owners who want to believe that their cat has detected cancer and had the foresight and presence of mind to tell them that they have cancer which may be life-threatening or are the stories really about the hard fact that a cat can detect cancer perhaps by the scent that it gives off and then tell their owner about its existence?
The latest story to come off the Internet on this subject is one that took place in Scunthorpe in the North of England. A Scunthorpe woman, Sue McKenzie, is convinced that her cat (who incidentally is 24 years of age) told her that she had cancer by constantly patting her shoulder. Her cat would not leave her alone.
“My cat is never fussy, but he just wouldn’t leave me alone… I took him to the vets thinking that there was something wrong with him, but he was fine and the vet said he might be trying to tell me something… Then I found a lump in my neck.”
Sue firmly believes that animals do have another sense which is used to detect a serious illness in their human companion. She is very thankful because the cancer would have been a lot worse if her cat had not given her the signal that there was something wrong by constantly tapping her.
Sue is so grateful and she loves her cat so much that she plans to be cremated with him. I’m not sure that she can plan that but it is a very sweet thought.
I believe that cats can do this although I know of no hard scientific information which supports the idea. However, I’m sure that on occasions the cat’s guardian/caretaker interprets the behaviour of their cat in such a way that it fits in with their belief that their cat has picked up that they have cancer, or some other serious illness, and then told them about it. I believe that on occasions and perhaps on every occasion (I’m not sure) the cat’s owner is the most important player in this partnership under these circumstances. That is not to say cats can’t detect serious illnesses such as cancer. Perhaps cancer is a special case because its presence may alter the person’s scent.
What do you think?