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Cat predicts owner's epileptic fits

Monday, 14th March 2011

A lucky man from Bournemouth has a cat that is able to predict when he is about to have an epileptic fit.

Nathan Cooper, a 19-year-old student, suffers from epileptic fits on a weekly basis, reports the Daily Mail.

However, his cat Lilly is able to detect his fits before he has them and alert Mr Cooper's parents.

Tracy Cooper, Nathan's mother, is quoted as saying: "Normally she's 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.

"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."

Ms Cooper added that Lilly has already saved her son's life once. Mr Cooper stopped breathing after a fit, but somehow by Lilly licking his mouth, she kickstarted his breathing, the news provider reports.

Since this happened, Lilly has not left her owner's side, Ms Cooper revealed.