Meet Beebz, the seizure-cat who comforts owner during her seizures
Young Epilepsy ‘Inspirational Bright Star’ finalist, Annie Barter speaks about her seizure-cat Beebz, who springs into action when she experiences a seizure.
17-year-old Annie, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in her mid teens, seeks comfort from family rescue cat Beebz, who wakes her after a seizure. Beebz the cat tends to sit next to Annie and paws her head and nibble her hair, in an attempt to wake her up.
When emergency services have been called to aid Annie after a seizure, they are often intrigued by Beebz’ attention to the situation which would normally scare or distress an animal, especially a rescue cat.
Annie’s unique story has attracted the likes of the Daily Mirror to get in touch, where mother Sallie was asked about their irreplaceable bond:
As soon as Annie drops to the floor with a seizure Beebz hears the bang and will run up the stairs and then walk round her, licking her face. He meows gently and also licks her toes - he is not frantic, he is very calm and gently pull her hair and walk on her. But as soon as she comes to, he leaves her. It’s as if his job is done. It really is a sight to see.
Thankfully Annie’s seizures have significantly reduced since a change in medication. Speaking highly of Beebz with the Daily Mirror, Annie said:
He’s my very own hero helper and I am so lucky to have him at my side.
Despite her epilepsy and other health conditions, Annie has obtained successful exam results, attends drama college, enjoys dancing and even had the chance to perform at the Queens 90th birthday celebrations. During her days off during college she volunteers at a local care home for people with dementia.
This year Annie was shortlisted for the Inspirational Bright Star award for overcoming obstacles she has faced because of her condition.