Usually Fantastic Friday stories focus on inspiring stories of people doing simple things to overcome the odds, help others or make society better. Today we’re going to switch it up and highlight a story about my favorite animal. Everyone knows that there are two types of people. Dog people and cat people. For whatever reason, I’m the latter. Never really felt dogs and was always really comfortable around cats. And for some reason, they tend to like me to…especially the unfairly maligned all-black cats. Call it some sort of naturally unexplained connection of the Black diaspora. But anyways, that’s getting away from the actual story about a woman who rescued a cat from an animal shelter, and then was rescued by the cat hours later:
At around 9:30 p.m., [Amy Jung] 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 intervened.
“If something or someone hadn’t pulled me out of that, I wouldn’t be here,” she said.
Unsurprisingly, this behavior is really rare for animals, especially for cats. Forget that, most humans couldn’t pick up on the emotional and physical changes that occur in the people around them, much less detect hypoglycemia. As such, Jung is registering her rescue cat as a therapy animal to help others as well.
Have a Fantastic Friday everyone!