Sue McKenzie's cat, Tom, was never one to show her much love, though the two had been together for 20 years. So when he started pawing the back of her neck and meowing loudly every time she sat down, the British grandmother was puzzled at first.
"Tom doesn't actively seek out human contact so I thought he was behaving very strangely when he suddenly started pawing me," the 64-year-old told UK's ITV news. "He did it constantly for two weeks and was starting to drive me mad, to be honest."
Finally, she took Tom to the vet. The vet found the cat was okay, but suggested Tom was trying to tell his owner something.
Sure enough, McKenzie found a lump on her neck, which the doctors diagnosed as a sign of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the body's immune system. She had chemotherapy for six months, and is now cancer-free.
As for Tom, he's gone back to his aloof self. In fact, as soon as McKenzie got the lump checked, he stopped tapping her. Still, McKenzie is very grateful: "He saved my life in a way," she told ITV News.
via The Dodo