Hello to all my friends, both the two legged and four legged kind! Remember how I told you that my human wanted to bring all sorts of big cats home with him when he went to the San Diego Zoo? I may be a diabetic cat and sweet but I can set my paw down when I need to.
Here is a story about what happens when you do bring an exotic cat into your life. Some people say we bengals are exotic cats, because we originally a cross between the Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. The early generation ones are exotic cats, but when you get four generations beyond the wild cat, then we are okay for the right human. Even then, we are active, vocal, playful, and intelligent cats so even domestic bengals like me and Jacey are not right for all humans. Especially when you add in the challenges that a diabetic cat like me presents.
At six weeks, he went to live with his first human. He was declawed because since he was so close to a wild African Jungle Cat, his claws were razor sharp. Combined with a human who was on medications, that was not a good mix. He absolutely loved his human. She would feed him table scraps, treated him kindly, and showered Simba with lots of love. Not surprisingly, Simba became very bonded to his human. He was tolerant of his human’s two legged kids, because they weren’t around too much, but he never really bonded with them.
One day, Simba’s human left and never came back. Other humans told Simba that he would see her over the rainbow bridge, but Simba didn’t believe them. And one of her two legged kids put Simba in a cage and took him to a strange place.
Simba was not happy with this. He wanted his human back, not her strange two legged child. He had to let this human know that he wasn’t happy, so he started to stalk her and bite her legs. Eventually, she couldn’t take it any more, and Simba thought he was going to be reunited with his human. But instead he went to a place called Spots and Stripes Bengal Cat Rescue.
He is getting lots of love from the humans there, but he still wants the human he bonded with back. Remember when I showed you the picture of the cheetah at the San Diego Zoo and the dog? They bond for life, and if the dog goes over the rainbow bridge before the cheetah, then that cheetah can no longer be an animal ambassador. The same thing has happened with Simba, and it will take a lot of time and love to get Simba to trust other humans.
Spots and Stripes is not giving up. They do need some help, because they need an enclosure for Simba. If you think this diabetic cat is big, I am tiny compared to him. I am 16 pounds, and Simba is double my size. So he needs to be kept in a special place so he cannot hurt the other cats.
You can help Spots and Stripes and Simba by donating. And if you can’t donate, please share this story so that others can help.