Cats Saving Humans


One of the things you will notice here, at least I hope you do, is my dedication to  helping the critters who really need help.  It makes my heart smile when good things happen.  Cats, dogs, and other critters are totally amazing.  Not only that, they can make a difference in the lives of humans as well.  Of course we all knew that!  Here is a wonderful story that was published in the Humane Society of Berks County (Reading, PA) Newsletter.  It is about a cat named Rusty…

“Last week we told you that every cat has a story. This one might be the most interesting we’ve ever heard.

When Claire Nelson adopted Rusty just after Christmas 2009, she didn’t know he’d return the favor a year and a half later by saving her life. But that’s exactly what Rusty did in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8th, when Claire was suffering from what she believed to be heartburn.



According to Claire, Rusty is a “normal cat” – laid back, relaxed, not terribly excitable. That’s what made his behavior last Wednesday morning noteworthy. Claire says Rusty was very agitated and wouldn’t stop bothering her. “I’d lie down and try to sleep, and he’d stand on my chest, making these guttural sounds I’d never heard before. When I got up and sat in a chair, he’d jump up and put his paws on my chest. He wouldn’t let me sleep.”

Since Claire didn’t have to work until later that day, she scheduled an appointment with her doctor about her chest pain. She had to take two buses to reach her doctor’s office in Exeter, and while waiting for the second, Claire’s pain increased and she grew faint. She called paramedics and was rushed to the hospital. As a former critical care nurse, Claire knew what was happening: she was having a heart attack, and believes Rusty saved her life by alerting her to it.

Rusty and Claire knew instantly that they would be a good fit. When Claire visited the HSBC looking for a cat, none of the others she was shown appealed to her. Then, the adoption technician introduced her to Rusty, an older, slightly overweight cat who took to Claire like he’d known her forever. She took him home that day, and in her own words, “I’m lucky I did.”

What Rusty did is scientifically inexplicable. Studies are currently being conducted to determine if animals are capable of detecting cancer or other diseases in humans, but there’s no solid evidence out there that indicates what physiological information those pets are processing, or if it’s not just pure chance.

What we can say is that Claire gave Rusty a second chance and a wonderful home a year and a half ago, and he certainly appears to have made good on the debt. Claire hopes that attention drawn by Rusty’s heroics will help other cats in the HSBC’s shelters. She’s compelled to tell Rusty’s story because while it might be unlikely that an adopted cat will save your life, you can certainly save his.”

It goes to show that saving a life can be a wonderful thing.  If you are not familiar with The Humane Society of Berks County, please check them out.  They are truly leaders and are extremely creative in the efforts.  For example, on July 16th they are having a Beer Tasting Event to raise money, and it’s called Pints for Pups, pretty clever I’d say!

Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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Mr Puddy
12 years ago

Wow ! Brain, ..I just used to heart about some cats like us have a gift to save human life but in general I never heard about HOW .. But Rusty, is one of Magic Cats !!! and I do believe her owner is a smart human as well to know the alert sign from Rusty ! Amazing story ! Thanks to share with us Brain : )

Mark's Mews
12 years ago

Our cheers to Rusty!!!

Susan Fields
12 years ago

Wow – that is so cool! What a wonderful story – thanks for sharing it with us!


I do remember this story, and it is amazing. It’s like that cat who could predict death among the residents of the RI nursing home…..creepy but amazing all the same.

12 years ago

What a great story and even more, what a great cat. He is one hero of a cat. We are going to to check out that website.
Having a beer tasting party sounds like such a good idea. Bet they will get lots of people there to help the puppies.
Thanks for telling us about Rusty. Hope we all get a day without storms. Take care.

12 years ago

Yay for Rusty!!!! Hope this would encourage people to consider adopting cats and older cats in particular.

Hannah and Lucy
12 years ago

What an amazing cat Rusty is.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Kewl~Kitty~Krew
12 years ago

Our hats are off and our paws are up for RUSTY~!!! What a great story and we are going to feature YOU on our post tomorrow. You are, in fact, the one who led us to Lucky (our woofie brofur). So keep an eye out. We love you all lots~!!!

Cathy Keisha
12 years ago

Rusty is certainly a hero. I wonder if cats do have abilities far beyond our knowledge. They can, after all, predict Earthquakes and natural disasters.

Junior & Orion
12 years ago

Yep! Us cats are purrty spectacular! If only all people would realize that!

Great story Brian!

12 years ago

That really is an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey (Yep, I’m a girl!)

Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla

Good Job Rusty!!!!!

12 years ago

What a great story! Hope you are feeling better, Brian….Purrs!

12 years ago

Great story with super ending!
We appreciate everything you do in your blog to help all the animals.
Hope you are having a Happy Thursday,
~ The Bunch and Phillip

pat tillett
12 years ago

That’s a great story! There is no limit to what a cat can do!

12 years ago

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story, Brian! 🙂

12 years ago

Lovely story!!!!

The Golden Eagle
12 years ago

That’s a wonderful story! 🙂

12 years ago

The twins – esp Curzon – saved me for sure. It was tough for a while, emotionally as well as physically, but we got through it all… They’re my pain soothers, my people sniffers (not just actual sniffers, they are good people judges)… I have no doubt the ability of cats, and for science to deny any proof is hypocritical and outright dismissive.

12 years ago

Rusty has such a cute face. =^___^=

12 years ago

What a great story. Sounds like Rusty has a great home. 🙂

Old Kitty
Old Kitty
12 years ago

Awwww what a wonderful amazing story! Yay for gorgeous Rusty!! Me and Charlie are so glad Claire is ok ! Just wonderful!!

Pints for pups!! We love this idea!

We hope you are feeling better lovely Brian!! A big hello too to adorable Sascha, Zoe, Gracie, Precious and Dolly! take care

12 years ago

Oh, me and mom saw that a few days ago and that Rusty was just the Most Amazing kitteh! And we think Miss Claire is very smart for listening to him. I think humans would be better off if they’d learn to listen to us better.

Wiggles & Wags,

12 years ago

Brian,estive a ler tudosobre o que escreves-te sobre esse gato e vou te dizer poque resolvi fazer o blog da Kika ,sabes porque?porque ela já me salvou a vida por duas vezes e quando eu fui operada ela estava odia todo na cama comigo e só quando o meu marido chegava a casa é que ela ia comer e fazer chichii e depois voltava logo para o pé de mim,por isso é que eu gosto tanto dela,percebes? se quizeres votar nela é ires amanhã ao blog: Estou muito contem-te dela ter um amigo tão carinhoso com todos os amigos… Read more »

12 years ago

That is a wonderful story bout Rusty saving his human’s life by is great perceptive abilities.!

12 years ago

What a wonderful story about the difference a pet can make. Yay… Rusty.

pawhugs, Max

12 years ago

We believe some cats are just so attuned that they do amazing things.
Like save their Mom’s and Dad’s from fires or like Rusty saving the life of his Mom by noticing the changes.


Debbie & Holly
12 years ago

What a sweet and great story!!! Rusty is a so handsome! Thanks Brian for bringing us the story! Lots of love, Holly & Mom

12 years ago

What a wonderful story! Hooray, Rusty!

12 years ago

We liked that story! Rusty did a good job! Thank you Brian for sharing Rusty’s story!

12 years ago

Rusty did good. Very good!

The Island Cats
12 years ago

That’s a great story, Brian! Rusty is a hero!!

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz


You do so much for the kitties and Teri, Disco and Brighton can’t wait to shake your paw at BlogPaws! Thanks for sharing this story!

Kwee Cats
12 years ago

Wow, that is a fantastic story, Brian! Our Mumsy notices how we can pick up on her mood and the energy in our household, like if everyone is tense or happy. Rusty is a hero kitty. We are so proud of you and all the helper work you do for kitties everywhere 🙂

Caren Gittleman
12 years ago

Rusty is amazing!! I completely believe that animals have a sixth sense where they can sense something about to happen with us. Claire was certainly one lucky lady!

Devoted to Willow
12 years ago

Rusty is a very smart boy to know that his Mom was in trouble. These stories always make me purr when I watched the tv show with Mom about animals saving humans.

12 years ago

You do excellent work here Brian. We thank you for it. So many wonderful furry friends are in loving homes because of you.

Shout out!! Woot Woot!!!

xo Catherine

12 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing Rusty with us!

Your pal, Pip

Mumsy and Chancy
12 years ago

We really enjoyed reading about Rusty…what a blessing he and his mom are to each other. Hugs and nose kisses

12 years ago

That’s a great story, Brian. Rusty is a very knowledgeable cat.

12 years ago

What a great story. Hurray for Claire AND Rusty!

Prancer Pie
12 years ago

Wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a purrfect day.

siku marie
12 years ago

Rusty is a hero! It is those kind of stories that fill us with amazement and wonder at the incredible bond exists between animals and humans.

Katz (And Other) Tales
12 years ago

I’m convinced that some pets are excellent nurses and can tell if we’re healthy or not. But others are fur brains – sweet but not gifted that way. Just like people.

12 years ago

We cats are amazing aren’t we! M has a cousin who’s cat woke her up one night as she was close to going into a diabetic coma. She lives alone, and the kitty saved her life.

12 years ago

what an amazing story… Rusty & Calare are both so lucky….

Amber DaWeenie
12 years ago

This is such a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing.

12 years ago

What a great story. I do believe animals can sense “things” that we cannot.