Sturgeon Bay cat saves owner’s life Feline wakes woman from diabetic seizure

Posted on February 25, 2012. Filed under: News Worthy |


Sturgeon Bay cat
saves owner’s life
Amy Jung of Sturgeon Bay credits her newly adopted cat, Pudding, with helping save her life the day she brought him home. The cat woke Jung from a diabetic reactive seizure and went to get help.
STURGEON BAY — A Sturgeon Bay woman
has a lot to be thankful for after her newly
adopted cat woke her from an insulin
reaction just hours after bringing him

Amy Jung and her son, Ethan Jung,
originally went to the Door County Humane
Society on Feb. 8 to play with the cats, not
to bring one home. Then Jung, 36, saw
Pudding lying on a counter. She made a
quick decision to adopt Pudding and his
pal Wimsy.

When the Jungs arrived home, the 21-
pound, orange-and-white Pudding made
himself right at home, acting as if he had
always been there.

“He just really took right over. Really
second nature,” she said.

At around 9:30 p.m., she went to bed and
about 1½ hours later, the prodigious kitty
came to her rescue.

Jung, who was diagnosed with diabetes at
the age of 4, started to have a seizure.
According to Jung, Pudding planted his
weight on her chest and, when he could not
wake her, began swatting her face and
biting her nose.

“Anything he could to pull me out of it (the
seizure),” she said.

It worked. She woke up and the convulsions
stopped long enough for her to call to her
son for help. When Ethan did not respond
to the calls, the cat ran to his room and
jumped on his bed.

Ethan later told her that he didn’t know
anything was wrong until the giant cat
landing on the bed woke him up.

Jung is convinced that she would not have
survived the night if Pudding had not

“If something or someone hadn’t pulled me
out of that, I wouldn’t be here,” she said.

The next day she spoke with her doctor
about her seizure and her cat’s unusual
actions. The doctor told her he had heard
of animals alerting their owners to a health
crisis but had never known anyone who
had experienced it.

“Realistically you can’t be without him,” he
told her. Jung is registering Pudding as a
therapy animal.


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