Just hours after being adopted, a shelter cat saved his pet parent’s life. Pudding, a 21-pound, fluffy tabby cat, was a standout to Amy Jung and her son Ethan at the Door County Humane Society near their home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. They also liked Pudding’s friend Wimsy, so the adoption became a package deal.
Pudding had been in and out of the Door County Humane Society since his birth in 2003, but on February 8, 2012 he and Wimsy were finally taken to a forever home by Jung and her son. When the pair of adopted cats arrived at their new home, they fit in right away.
Jung went to bed at around 9:30 that night, and at 11:00 or so, Pudding plopped down on her chest. When that didn’t wake her, Pudding began swatting her face and biting her nose. Jung, a diabetic since the age of 4, was having a seizure.
Pudding’s attempts were finally successful in waking her up. The convulsions stopped long enough for her to call out to son Ethan for help—but when he didn’t respond, Pudding ran to his room and jumped on his bed. Ethan later told his mother that he didn’t realize anything was wrong until Pudding jumped onto his bed, prompting him to wake up and call 911.
Jung is convinced she wouldn’t have survived the night if not for Pudding’s instincts and persistence. While her doctor had heard many stories about pets helping people in a health emergency, Jung was the first person he’d met who had experienced this firsthand. The doctor told her she realistically couldn’t live without Pudding—who is now being registered as a therapy animal.
Pudding continues to help Jung manage her diabetes by sitting at her feet and meowing when her blood sugar is low. We’re pretty sure he’s finally home.