Pudding is an unlikely name for a cat, especially one as big as this one. The 21-pound feline charmed his way into the heart of Amy Jung with his orange furriness and laid-back style. The 36 year old Wisconsin resident was visiting the Door County Humane Society on February 8, with her son Ethan. The shelter has a no-kill policy and allows the cats to roam freely throughout the building. Jung and her son were just there to visit and pet the cats with no plans to adopt an animal.
Unexpectedly both Jung and Pudding felt an immediate connection. Even Carrie Counihan, the Executive Director of the shelter saw the connection. The cat just gravitated toward Jung. As a result Jung made one of those spur of the moment decisions everyone makes but in this case, the choice resulted in her life being saved.
Pudding stepped comfortably into his new home and displayed no signs of the skittishness so typical of cats in a new environment. Always calm, the friendly feline felt right at home.
Jung, who has been diabetic since the age of 4, went to bed at about 9:30 that evening. She began experiencing a diabetic seizure about 90 minutes later and Pudding came to the rescue. The hefty kitty sat on her chest and began to swat at her face and bite her nose. The commotion aroused Jung enough that she was able to call out for help.
Pudding, sensing she still needed help, went to Ethan’s room> When he jumped on the bed, Ethan was startled. Hearing his mom calling for help, Ethan was able to react quickly and get help for his mother.
Jung credits the cat with saving her life, saying if she hadn’t been awakened when she was, she wouldn’t have survived the seizure. Jung’s doctor told her that if much more time had passed without help, Jung could have gone into a diabetic coma and not recovered. Counihan is amazed by the cat’s instinctive actions.
Jung’s doctor suggested having Pudding registered as a therapy animal and Jung has taken his advice.
..“Her doctor said she could have gone into a coma and not come out of it if much more time had gone by,” Counihan said. “The fact that Pudding did what he did without knowing her that well is just amazing to me.” Since the scary Feb. 8 incident, Jung has followed her doctor’s advice to have Pudding registered as a therapy animal.
Pudding has had several owners and been a resident of the shelter more than once. He was first surrendered as a kitten, known as Starbuck, because his first owner’s son was allergic to cats. A woman adopted him and gave him the moniker of Pudding. When she passed away in January, 8-1/2 year old Pudding and his 3 year old housemate Wimsy were turned over to the shelter. It was almost a month later when Jung adopted Pudding. She has since adopted Wimsy as well so the two didn’t have to be separated.