A DIABETIC woman has told how her cat keeps saving her life by waking her up in the middle of the night when her blood sugar is dangerously low.
Hazel Parkyn, who has type one diabetes, says pet moggie Walter recognises the signs and pokes her face to wake her up so she can take insulin.
If he didn’t she could have a diabetic seizure and die.
Hazel, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, UK, said: “In the last 18 months Walter has become my lifesaver, and my little hero.
“I type one diabetes and recently started having really bad attacks during the night, which is made worse because I have seizures so its very dangerous for me to drop to low blood sugars.
“Walter helps me with my condition because he has taken to sleeping on my bed at night.
“When I am going into a hypo and I’m asleep Walter wakes me up.
“He smacks me round the face and he keeps going until I come round and I take some action.”
Hazel says a medical alert dog can cost up to £29,000 to train, but Walter does the same job for free.
She added: “Walter has improved my life because he is like a security blanket for me.
“Because I know Walter is there on the end of the bed, he makes me feel safe.
“My life would be very different without Walter.
“I don’t think I would be sleeping and feeling as safe without him.
“The minute he comes to bed with me I know I’m all right and things will be OK and I can go to sleep because he’s there.”
Hazel told her story when she entered Walter in the National Cat Awards, organised by charity Cats Protection.
Walter made the finals, which meant Hazel was invited to a glitzy ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.