Cats often save human lives. Famously a cat saved an 11-year-old boy when gas filled his home. His cat jumped on his chest and weaved her head back and forth to keep him conscious. When that boy grew up he became a veterinarian and spent most of his life making house calls to sick cats. His name was Louis Camuti, the date was 1904 and he was the first veterinarian to devote himself to cats.
That’s a great story from the past. What about right now? Fact is if you look in the news and there are regularly stories of cats saving lives. Earlier this year Pudding saved Amy Jung only hours after Amy had adopted Pudding from shelter. Amy had a diabetic seizure in her sleep. Pudding nipped her face to keep her conscious. Pudding then rushed to another room to wake up Amy’s son.
The there is the case of David Osborne. David went into a deep and dangerous diabetic coma. He had such a low level of blood sugar doctors said it was unprecedented. Oz, David’s beautiful grey cat he had since a kitten, rushed to where David’s girlfriend was sleeping. He woke her up and would not stop his attentions until she went with him to David. David would definitely have died without the medics being called immediately. Without question Oz saved David’s life.
It’s not through single acts of courage and kindness that cats can save us. When our lives are in a mess, when we are desperate for love, then cats can make all the difference in the world. That’s what James Bowen’s cat Bob did when James was homeless and recovering from heroine addiction. James discovered Bob in a bad state and nursed him back to health. In turn Bob loved James and gave him a reason to live:
I have spoken to many people whose lives have been transformed by their cat. In a cruel world where cats are often badly mistreated it is an uplifting thought they are very often such a source of life and joy. If you have an uplifting story of a cat please tell us.