An anxious mum is searching for a particularly special missing cat – he raises the alarm whenever her epileptic son has a fit.
Dylan Newton, 11, has a rare and undiagnosed genetic condition, which includes suffering from epilepsy.
His family rely on their four-year-old pet cat, Scruffy, to alert them when Dylan, who is nicknamed D, breaks into a seizure.
Dylan’s mum, Hana Newton, 29, of Whelley, near Wigan , said that the first time Scruffy began howling when Dylan was fitting, she shooed him out of the room because she thought Scruffy had scared Dylan causing him to have a seizure.
She said: “The next time Scruffy began howling, I was downstairs and D was in his room. When I ran upstairs and went into the room, D was having a seizure and his face was buried into his pillow. He could have suffocated if I didn’t find him. If Scruffy hadn’t howled, I probably wouldn’t have found D having the seizure.
“The night time is the most important, because Scruffy can wake us up when we are sleeping if D starts having a seizure.”
The family, who have had Scruffy for four years after taking him in as a rescue cat, last saw him on the November 14.
Ms Newton, who used to be a teacher but is currently D’s full-time carer, said: “He wouldn’t have just walked off. He used to wander off during the day quite a bit, but he would always come back if D was having a seizure. D has had quite a few since Scruffy went missing, and he still hasn’t returned.