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A newly-adopted cat repaid his owner's loving gesture earlier this month by saving her from a medical emergency just hours after he was brought home, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

Amy Jung and her son Ethan stopped into The Humane Society near their home in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Feb. 8 to play with the cats, but one feline -- a 21-pound orange-and-white cat named Pudding -- stood out to the pair. Jung learned that the laid-back cat had been in and out of the shelter since 2003, and made an impulsive decision to adopt him and his friend Wimsy.

Jung said the cats wasted no time fitting into their new home when they arrived. But just hours later, the Jungs' happy day took a turn for the worse. Soon after going to bed, Amy Jung, who has had diabetes since childhood, started having a diabetic seizure in her sleep.

That's when Pudding sprang into action. The fast-acting feline sat on Jung's chest in an attempt to wake her up and when that didn't work, he nudged and nipped her face until she briefly returned to consciousness.

In that moment, Jung was able to call out to her son Ethan, but he couldn't hear her calls. Luckily, Pudding darted into Ethan's room and pounced on the bed until he woke up and was able to call for help.

Jung told the Press Gazette that she believes she wouldn't have made it through the night without Pudding -- an opinion her doctors share. Pudding is now being registered as a therapy animal, and has learned to sit by Jung's feet and meow when he senses that her blood sugar is low.

There have been a number of reports of dogs sensing impending seizures, but the same behavior in cats is much rarer, according to doctors who spoke to the BBC for a story about a cat who predicted a number of deaths at a nursing home.

The cat, Oscar, made headlines in 2007 after he "predicted" 25 deaths at a nursing home by showing affection for sick patients right before they passed away. Animal psychologist Roger Mugford said that although cats have been known to pick up on illnesses, they do so much less frequently than dogs because they are more withdrawn.

"Dogs are very good at picking up on emotional changes and when people are depressed and inactive they are very good at comforting them in these circumstances. Elephants show the same altruistic tendencies, but not cats, they are very much more selfish, solitary creatures," he said.

Nevertheless, cats have been the heroes of a number of rescue stories in recent years. In May 2011, the Atlanta Humane Society reported on a cat who could predict his 19-year-old owner's seizures minutes before they happened.

In July 2011, a Pennsylvania cat helped save its owner's life by pawing at her when she was feeling unwell, compelling her to take her condition seriously and call the doctor. She later learned that she had suffered a heart attack.

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Responses to "Cat Saves Owner's Life Just Hours After Being Adopted"

  1. Rachael B. says:

    I don't think it was fair of Roger Mugford to say that cats are more selfish...they are more skittish and afraid and cautious. And every cat I've ever had has known when I don't feel good and been concerned. I think people just don't notice it/report it as often, and a lot of people don't get as connected to cats as people like me do.

  2. Idrea says:

    I agree with Rachel. It's OUR OWN dullness which interferes with OUR ability to notice subtlety. Animals, like us, are individuals with varying levels of intensity when displaying their internal experience. Nice positive article. Thanks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My Maine cook cat doesnt normally do this, but one night he put his paw repeatedly on my face until I woke up...I have serious heart problems, I think he also saved my life by waking me up before my heart stopped.

  4. nancy says:

    I am a cat person, but there are many people who just cant seem to connect with cats because they cant understand their reserved (except when fighting and breeding)natue..You cant control a cat, they control you..they are for the most part, clean and loving animals...good at catching mice and they do pick up on human emotions..but also very demanding when they want something..I also like dogs, but in a house with a dog and a cat, the cat has the upper hand..

  5. Anonymous says:

    I so agree with all of you. Cats are very independent creatures, but also extremely observant. I have been rescuing animals for 17 years and I see this every single day.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i wouldnt call them selfish. reserved and at times maybe standoffish yes, but selfish? only for the last tin of sardines maybe.. but not with their affection. when a cat wants to show affection they dont hesitate.

  7. Jennifer says:

    My cat rules in my household, but having said that when I have been sick , she stays close by me

  8. Anonymous says:

    I remember watching a story on T.V. where the cat was running in and out of the house, which was unusual for this cat, until it's owner followed her outside. The cat began digging near the A/C unit. The owner discovered that here was a gas leak. That cat saved the whole family.

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