Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Canadian Man Says His Cat Detected His Lung Cancer


In many cases, a CAT scan can detect if a person has cancer. In Lionel Adams’ case, his cat Tiger detected it. "I get a little emotional when I think about it...as far as I'm concerned, he saved my life," Adams told The Calgary Sun.

Adams said that his 8-year-old kitty (above), who was never much of a cuddler, began to paw at his left side about seven months ago. "He would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side -- he was adamant there was something there," he told FOX News. "And it was right where the cancer was."

Later, during a routine exam, an x-ray showed that Adams had a tumor in his left lung, which he has since had surgery to remove. Recent studies have shown that dogs have the ability to detect cancer but it’s rare to hear of cats doing so. In 2006, National Geographic reported that ordinary household dogs learned to accurately distinguish between breath samples of lung- and breast-cancer patients and healthy subjects.

24 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

Very interesting. Cats are really smart

Sam and Andy said...

Another very pawsome kitty!!!!!!

Elin said...

That is very touching story..

Kasha said...

Man, animals are so amazing! Cats and Dogs are amazing! Hey good idea on Africa starting to earn her keep through landscaping. I will get right on that!
Kasha and Africa

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Our beans should always lissen to us...speshully when we ask fur treats or nip!

Daisy said...

Tiger is a hero!

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

What a super~hero Tiger is!

minekatter said...

That´s really interesting. I am actually quite confident that animals have special skills, and know more than we know about! Lovely story! :-)

Victor Tabbycat said...

We has a furiend who says her cat finded her breast cancer da same way. We is smarter than da beans gif us credit fur.
Purrs,
Victor

The Creek Cats said...

We've heard about cats and dogs having cancer detecting abilities before. It is very interesting. Way to go Tiger!

JC said...

Wow ...

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Animals are very smart. I remember when my human had a pain in her leg at a major acupuncture point. She went swimming with the dolphins. The dolphin she was petting start bumping her leg right there. It has never hurt there again...

The Island Cats said...

Just goes to show you that us cats (and dogs too) can be pretty intuitive!

Fin said...

What a beautiful post.

Gracie said...

Yes, I have heard about this before the mom was talking about this. Also sometimes they can detect other things and alert the human. Aren't the furries wonderful!
Also, I wanted to ask what is the blogger thingie that you mentioned when you visited my place? What does it do and do you have the code for it?
Maybe you could send it to:
gracie1915@yahoo.com

Noll's Nip said...

Cats are truly amazing :)

mizmollye said...

Oh Mimi, This was such a poignant and beautiful read. I am sending your blog link to my daughter, Lori in Hot Springs, AR as she has two cats who are her life and soul! And boy oh boy does she have some funny cat tails! Hugs, Mollye

A Few Good Cats said...

Amazing!

Cory said...

Good work Tiger! Makes me proud to be a cat.

Karen Jo said...

That is an amazing and touching story. Way to go, Tiger!

jenianddean said...

That would be a true "cat" scan!
--Jasper

meowmeowmans said...

That's amazing! Tiger is a true hero.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow, we had heard that doggies can do this but it is interesting to learn that cats can too!

Anita said...

Interesting news!

I want to say you thanks for your prayer to my friend Pierre. I´m sure that Paulina (Pierre´s bean) are grateful for your fondness.

Purrrrs.