Nice story, but I wouldn’t rely on a cat to diagnose serious health issues

Sturgeon Bay cat saves owner’s life

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 home.

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.

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.

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.


Two points in this piece were out of line. First, the doctor who said “Realistically you can’t be without him,” he told her. What? Sure, animals can react to these things but it doesn’t have to be a cat she relies on. And, how does she know that is reliable? I wouldn’t trust a cat to diagnose a serious health issue. There is no established connection between animals and recognizing seizures or helping people survive them.

Then, this: “Pudding will also sit at her feet and meow when her blood sugar is low, she said.”

That’s also unconvincing. Perhaps odors will be emited when blood sugar is low but, one, cats meow a lot about other things and two, they are not as reliable as testing devices that accurately measure blood sugar.

Stories like these contain a grain of truth but they are exaggerated to suggest that animals are a better fix than modern medicine. Heartwarming but not accurate.

  1 comment for “Nice story, but I wouldn’t rely on a cat to diagnose serious health issues

  1. Gary B
    February 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Maybe it performed a cat scan.

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