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article imageNewly-adopted cat saves owner's life

By Anne Sewell     Feb 23, 2012 in Health
Sturgeon Bay - Amy Jung and her son Ethan recently visited the Humane Society near their home in Sturgeon, Wisconsin to play with the cats.
Jung saw Pudding, an orange and white cat sitting on the counter and made up her mind to adopt him and also his friend Wimsy, according to the Huffington Post.
They took them home and the cats soon settled down in their new home.
Jung, diagnosed with diabetes when she was four years old, said at about 9:30 pm that night she went to bed. Soon thereafter Jung, 36, started having a diabetic seizure.
Pudding, aware of what was happening to his new owner, sat on her chest and began swatting her face and biting her nose to awaken her.
"Anything he could to pull me out of it (the seizure)," she said.
Fortunately she awoke and the convulsions stopped for long enough to call to her son to help. Ethan couldn't hear her, so the cat immediately ran to his room and jumped on his bed, awakening him.
Jung is convinced that she would not have survived the night if Pudding had not intervened.
"If something or someone hadn't pulled me out of that, I wouldn't be here," she said.
When she spoke to her doctor the next day about the seizure and Pudding's actions, he told her he had heard of pets alerting their owners in a health crisis, but had not personally known anyone this had happened to, as the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.
Jung is registering Pudding as a therapy animal.
The cat will also sit at her feet and meow when her blood sugar is low, she said.
Carrie Counihan, Door County Humane Society executive director, has known the cat on and off for years and finds the story believable.
"I think it's an amazing story, and I knew Pudding pretty well from his time at the shelter," Counihan said.
Pudding was originally handed in to the Humane Society in 2008 due to the allergies of his owner, was adopted in April 2008 and lived with his last owner until January this year when she passed away.
And now happily ensconced with his new owner, he has almost instantly repaid her kindness.
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