Call it a sixth sense, a special connection, or just plain mystery. But whatever gift cats and dogs have that allows them to detect health conditions in their owners sure has been saving a lot of lives.

Wendy Humphreys, a mother of two from Britain, found out first-hand how powerful that gift can be when her cat Fidge sniffed out a potentially fatal health condition that even doctors hadn't detected, the Daily Mail reports.

Bewildered at first, Humphreys was compelled to visit a physician after the 10-month-old cat began jumping on her breast and continued to do so for weeks on end.

What doctors found astounded Humphreys: She had a malignant tumor in her breast about the size of a pea that could have metastasized if it hadn't been discovered early. She is now scheduled to undergo chemotherapy and credits Fidge with saving her life, according to the paper.

Studies have shown that dogs, too, can pick up on illnesses and physical ailments by detecting acute changes in people's smell. In a 2011 study, researchers in Japan conducted trials to see how well a dog could identify people with colorectal cancer. The dog had a 98 percent accuracy rate, NPR reported.

Sometimes, however, animals' aptitude for detecting changes in humans defies scientific explanation. In 2006, a cat named Oscar confounded experts by "predicting" the deaths of a number of residents at a Rhode Island nursing home. Oscar would begin hanging around people days before they passed away, according to CBS News.

"Oscar is a normal cat with an extra-normal sense for death," Dr. Joan M. Teno, professor of community health at Brown and associate medical director of Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, told the Boston Globe. "As a scientist, I want to offer a biological explanation for this," she said. "But I can't. (SOURCE)

Responses to "Cat Detects Owner's Breast Cancer Before Doctors, Saving Her Life"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Animals are amazing alot more than people give them credit for, they deserve respect.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i have recently been in hospital with pneumonia, my cat seems to be very distant with me now, totally opposite to what has been suggested here but did make me wonder if she knows more

  3. Anonymous says:

    My Brother Died Of Brain Cancer Feb 2011, I took care of him the last 8 months of his life. I have a Black/Tan 100 Lb German shepherd. This Dog Will bite in a Minute. She Does Not Like Strangers and is on guard 24/7 . She Never Met my brother Till i bought him home. When she came in the house she ran to him almost jumped in his lap. ( my brother was Not a Animal Person ) He took to her immediately Petting and Hugging her. On a routine basics she would run up to him to love on him before she went out for the day And when she came in for the night This was her routine everyday till he was admitted at the end.She Knew It She is an Amazing dog. This Dog I took in 3 yrs ago Because of her aggressiveness she would of been put down. I wasn't letting that happen. Animals are Just so amazing

  4. mogsbear says:

    Little dogs can get underfoot but our chihuahua Sonny seemed to understand that our auntie Peggy was going blind. He would walk backwards well out of her way and sat just to the side of her so she could reach down to pat him.They are both gone now but I'll never forget that rapport.

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