If cats do indeed have nine lives, one generous feline had no problem donating one to give her owner a second life of his own.
Harold Jackson and his wife, Joyce, residents of Cookeville, Tennessee, owned a friendly feline named Peaches for 15 years.
But when Peaches suddenly lost her appetite and began having trouble breathing, the couple knew it might be time to bid farewell to their faithful friend - but not before Peaches gave Jackson a crucial parting gift.
Although the pet passed away during a trip to the veterinarian's office, an autopsy revealed that the cat's death was caused by mesothelioma cancer - a disease often related to asbestos exposure - prompting the vet to recommend that he Jackson's screen themselves for the fatal disease.
Upon screening the pet owner, doctors found a form cancer, which also may have been caused by asbestos exposure, in Jackson's lung, but were able to remove the malignancy because the tumor was caught at such an early stage.
"She saved my life," Jackson told the news source. "If it wasn't for Peaches, I probably wouldn't be here."
Humans can reciprocate the good deeds of considerate dogs and cats by offering to adopt a pet from their local animal shelter.