08 October 2016

HEALTH - Rescue Cat Saves Owner from Seizures

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both.

This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.

(Brandon Wade/AP Images for PetSmart)
A great example of this bond made the news this week.

Blake, a one-year-old black cat adopted from a PetSmart in Fort Worth, Texas has had no training, but he is Glen Schallman’s seizure predicting feline friend.

Schallman has a very rare combination of three different brain diseases which, together, cause daily seizures.

Having a seizure while sleeping is particularly dangerous, and Blake alerts Schallmann to the nighttime events by biting at his toes.

During daylight hours if Blake senses an oncoming seizure, he lets Schallman know in a much gentler way - by jumping up, stroking, purring and staring.

According to CBS News, Schallman is believed to be the oldest living person with his rare combination of brain conditions, thanks in part to his buddy Blake.

The bond between the two is strong as they have rescued each other and Blake has joined a long list of hero animals that have saved humans.

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