Who said dogs are man's best friend? Those believing that canines are the only ones to serve us well and save lives are probably not aware of these amazing stories. They demonstrate that cats are smart and courageous enough to protect and save their owner's life when necessary.

June 2010:

Fearless Cat Saves Owner from Dog Attack
When Cherry Woods found herself the target of two pit bulls in the distance, ready to attack, she started walking back home. But the dogs caught up to her, and even as she and her husband tried to fight them off, they continued to charge and bite her legs. A surprise hero came to her rescue: her tortoiseshell cat, Lima. As the Texas woman struggled, her onetime stray cat jumped out of the bushes and scratched one of the dogs, hissing at them. With the dogs distracted, Woods's husband Harold was able to bring her into the house. (Don't worry, the cat didn't get hurt.)
Lima, a hero-cat that saved her owner from a Pitt Bull attack

April 2010:

Cat saves owners from fire
Maceo's owners were within a whisker of being engulfed by a "raging inferno" in their central Otago home, on the South Island, when the heroic cat came to their rescue, The Press reported. The grey cat woke up his owners, Kate Gatonyi and Bevan Garland, about 3am local time on Wednesday, by walking on their faces with wet paws.
"The cat was putting his paws in the toilet bowl and then walking over our faces," Ms Gatonyi told reporters.
"He did it about three times.
"I was thinking, 'why is he doing that?'.
"That is what woke me up."
The couple awoke to a blaze about three metres from their bedroom window.

February 2009:

Cat saves owner by detecting Cancer
"He would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side -- he was adamant there was something there," - he said.
"And it was right where the cancer was."
Adams, who has suffered from bronchitis, asthma and emphysema, had showed no symptoms of lung cancer before his kitty's bizarre examination.
But about seven months ago, after mentioning the cat's strange behaviour to his family doctor, he was referred to a specialist who caught the disease at stage one in his left lung.

September 2009:

Cat saves owner's life by dialing 911
A crafty cat needed only one life to save another - her owner's - when she dialed 911 and alerted the police and fire department to a devastating inferno that had her owner trapped and all but dead!
"She must have jumped out the window and come in the downstairs window to call. The stairs were in a total blaze."
Tofu, a solid gray, eight-year-old foxy female feline, was quick on her feet. She saw that Rob was a goner and did what she had been trained to do.
She knocked the phone off the hook and pushed the emergency numbers 911 with her adorable pink little nose. The emergency agencies quickly responded and got Jontangsto out of the house, via ladder, just before the entire house collapsed in a wondrous, sky-licking blaze.

November 2008:

Florida cat saves man and dog from deadly fire
Griffin's house was ablaze, with flames leaping 50 feet into the air. Griffin said, "The cat came in the room I was sleeping. He jumped on the pillow and proceeded to scream: meow, meow." Griffin explained that Charley often wakes up in the middle of the night asking for food or to be let out. But this time he was acting differently. And his dog Blondie joined in, nudging Griffin from one side while Charley pawed and meowed from the other side. "If it wasn't for them, I probably would have slept through it." Griffin got up, saw smoke, and the three of them evacuated the house. A half hour later, the home was destroyed.

November 2007:

Cat saves man from San Mateo county fire
A man escaped the deadly flames and smoke of a two-alarm San Mateo County house fire early Wednesday after he was awakened from a sound sleep by his cat, authorities said. The two-alarm fire was burning when the man awoke to put his howling cat outside, Barton said. However, unaware of the fire, the man went back to bed but woke-up again to the cat's insistent meowing. When the man got out of bed to attend to the cat, he saw the fire and called 911 at about 5:21 a.m., Barton said. Fire crews responded to the blaze and had the fire under control at about 5:40 a.m.
Who said dogs are man's best friend? Those believing that canines are the only ones to serve us well and save lives are probably not aware of these amazing stories. They demonstrate that cats are smart and courageous enough to protect and save their owner's life when necessary.

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 Cats are fantastic! I've always known that.
 In fact I was amazed to know that there are real stories of cats saving their owners' lifes! I just LOVE felines, they are so unpredictable.
 I iz impressed
 Wow who could imagine! Great article and really precious stories.
 Fab stuff. I didn't know cats could be so brave.
 So cats can detect cancer too? Nice!
 "...by walking on their faces with wet paws" ... LMAO I believe the cat had a lot of fun doing this!!