U.K. college student Nathan Cooper suffers from epilepsy, but is lucky enough to have a lifesaving tabby keeping him out of harm’s way.
The cat, Lilly, is only 14-months old, but already she has saved Cooper’s life on at least one occasion.
After suffering an unusually severe epileptic fit, the 19-year-old Cooper stopped breathing. According to Tracey Cooper, Nathan’s mom, Lilly was really worried. The cat started licking his mouth, and it kickstarted his breathing. Mrs Cooper says, “Now she wont leave his side.”
Lilly can detect the onset of the weekly seizures from which Nathan suffers before they happen. She then alerts Nathans parents which gives them just enough time to get Nathan into a safe position before he seizes.
“Normally shes a quiet little thing, but when Nathan has a fit she starts running up and down the stairs, meowing at the top of her voice,” said Mrs Cooper.
“She definitely has some sort of sense that means she knows about them before they happen, and it means we can stop Nathan hurting himself by falling on something or knocking furniture over.”
It’s not unusual for pets to be able to sense impending epileptic fits.
Some experts claim that the acute sense of smell possessed by cats and dogs may help them detect barely perceptible chemical changes within the human body in advance of a seizure.
Lillys life-saving sixth sense helped her win the cat category in the My Pet Superstar contest, sponsored by Drontal.
[SOURCE: The Daily Mail]