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'Cat' scan a life-saver

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Janet Batten holds her cat Noah outside her Toms Brook home. Batten credits her tabby with detecting an aneurysm in her brain. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Janet Batten operates her computer at her desk inside her Toms Brook home while her cat Noah is perched on her desk. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Noah, a tabby cat, peers through this chain link fence outside his home in Toms Brook. Janet Batten, the cat's owner, credits Noah with detecting an aneurysm in her brain. Rich Cooley /Daily

Area woman credits tabby with detecting her aneurysm

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

TOMS BROOK -- As far as cat scans go, it was pretty low-tech. But, it was accurate.

Janet Batten was perplexed when her 13-pound orange and white tabby took a sudden and persistent interest in her head.

The Toms Brook resident and her husband Charles had gotten Noah, the 8 1⁄2-year-old cat, from a neighbor when he was just a kitten.

"Noah stays out in my little hobby shop," said Batten, 73.

The feline likes to sit on her desk when she uses the computer, she said.

"He was constantly smelling my head on the right side, in the front, and in my eye and in my nose," Batten said. "Sometimes he would really push to get into my head.

"He would do that and then he would sit back and he would give me a look that I had never seen before. After a while, I began to ask him, 'Is there something wrong up there?' He would just make this sound that I had never heard before. I began to get very suspicious."

Batten started having trouble with her eye, and visited her primary care doctor and then an opthamologist, and nothing was found.

Last August, about six months after Noah's strange behavior began, Batten suffered a mini-stroke and atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat. A CT scan revealed she had a brain aneurysm.

"So, I now have platinum wire in my head," Batten said. "Noah doesn't bother [me] anymore. He was trying to tell me that something's wrong up there."

Noah's diagnostic skills were recognized Feb. 25 when he was awarded the Animal Hero Award at the Virginia Veterinary Conference at the Hotel Roanoke.

He was nominated by Dr. Bruce Coston.

Coston said Batten shared the story with him when she brought Noah in for vaccines at his practice, Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital.

When he was on the board of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Coston suggested giving out animal awards after having seen a similar citation in South Carolina.

"Most of the time, these are dogs," he said. "Because Noah the cat had been alerting his mom that something was wrong...she was aggressive in seeking treatment."

Besides some extra treats, Noah's only reward is knowing he helped his owner.

Batten offered some advice to other animal lovers.

"I would hope that other pet owners pay attention when their animals are trying to tell them something," she said.

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Loved this story! Good job Noah!

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