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article imageTop Cat title awarded to seizure-sensing feline

By Lynn Curwin     Mar 15, 2011 in Business
Bournemouth - A cat in the UK who senses epileptic seizures, and is credited with saving her owner's life, has been chosen as "Top Cat" in a recent competition.
Lilly, a short-haired calico who lives in Bournemouth, can sense when 19-year-old Nathan Cooper is going to have a seizure and will provide a warning.
"Normally Lilly is a quiet little thing, but when Nathan has a fit she starts running up and down the stairs, miaowing at the top of her voice,’ the Bournemouth Echo quoted Nathan's mother, Tracey, as saying.
"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."
She said the 14-month-old feline can usually detect an oncoming seizure up to five minutes before it happens, and that being able to get to her son early has made a huge difference.
She stated that it was Lilly's actions which got Nathan breathing at one time.
"Lilly has a very close bond with Nathan, he didn't believe it when I told him what she was doing," the BBC quoted her as saying.
"After one fit, he stopped breathing and Lilly started licking his mouth and somehow it kick-started his breathing.
"When he came round, from when she licked him into breathing, and Lilly was right there, he just couldn't believe it."
There have been several cases of animals providing warnings of seizures, and it is believed they may be detecting chemical changes taking place within a person's body.
Tracey Cooper entered Lilly in Drontal's My Pet Superstar competition and the feline was chosen Top Cat.
Dave, a Rottweiler who donates blood and helps raise baby animals such as kittens, ducklings and rabbits, was named Top Dog.
Pictures of Lilly can also be seen on the Daily Mail website.
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