Cat saved her owner’s life by beating her chest during a heart attack

Cat saved her owner’s life by beating her chest during a heart attack

Billy mewed at Sam Felstead to wake him up (Image: SWNS)

Billy mewed at Sam Felstead to wake him up (Image: SWNS)

The owner of a hero cat believes his extraordinary intervention in the middle of the night saved his life.

Sam Felstead, 42, was asleep at 4:30 a.m. when seven-year-old cat Billy thrashed his chest with his paws and meowed to wake her up.

The wildly out of character behavior came as Sam was having a heart attack, but she didn’t know it right away.

The Nottinghamshire receptionist realized that she was unable to move her body and had stabbing pain in her right side, so she called her mother Karen for help.

They were told they would have to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive at their home in Stapleford,

The couple was rushed to the hospital in the early hours of August 8.

It was there that the doctors explained what had happened, and Sam believes that Billy’s quick actions saved his life.

Billy is normally not interested in Sam (Picture: SWNS)
Sam shows Billy a little more love now (Image: SWNS)

She said: ‘I went to bed and felt fine.

“I had even been out with the dogs and didn’t feel sick or in any pain at all.

“Suddenly I woke up in the early hours covered in sweat and couldn’t move.

‘Billy was on my chest and mewing loudly in my ear.’

Sam continued: ‘He was really meowing. He doesn’t do that normally, he sleeps all day and all night, that’s his life.

A cat behaviourist believes Billy may have been detecting physiological changes in Sam (Image: SWNS)

‘He wouldn’t let me.

It’s not a lap cat. It’s also not a lightweight cat and certainly not a cat that wants to be on your knee all the time. He likes to be alone.

It has never woken me up the night before, it never bothers you. It doesn’t wake you up to eat.

Sam added that the cat ‘loves’ mum Karen and ‘doesn’t mind me’

“Mom was pretty shocked,” she continued.

It has never woken me up the night before, it never bothers you. It doesn’t wake you up to eat. (Image: SWNS)

“I told her that he woke me up and she was even more shocked. You don’t hear about that with cats.

I’m glad I woke up. Who knows if I had gotten up without him, it could have been worse for me.

Lucy Hoile, a cat behavior expert, said Billy, a British Shorthair, may have detected physiological changes in Sam.

She said: ‘It could be that the fact that he jumped on her and meowed was a sign of his anxiety.

“I think it probably saved his life, because that’s what allowed him to get medical help, but I wouldn’t go down the road of saying he did it on purpose.”


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It was him reacting to the situation.

Sam said she was drenched in sweat and had severe back pain when she woke up, while her right side felt “really heavy and weird.”

She was unable to stand up properly and was very dizzy after getting out of bed.

One of his arteries was blocked, according to doctors at Queen’s Medical Center, who believe he had a mild heart attack.

“They took very good care of me (but) I have to take a lot of medication for life and I have to take it easy for six weeks,” he said.

After three days in the hospital, she was reunited with her beloved Billy.

She added: ‘When I got home at first, he wasn’t bothered, he completely ignored me.

‘He’s the same now, I’m just trying to give him a little more love.

I am grateful to him because I don’t know if he would have woken me up.

‘My alarm was for another two hours, so who knows.

“I think he saved my life and so does everyone around me.”

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