All posts by Bagheera

Bagheera is a wonderful and loving cat who started off his life on the wrong foot. Literally. He is a polydactyl and since breed standard for bengals does not allow polydactylism, he was given to an animal rescue group. His human had just lost a dear feline friend, but he was fascinated by both the bengal breed and the polydactylism. So he flew up to see Bagheera, and fell in love. He took Bagheera home the same day and Bagheera didn't even let out a peep when he went on a noisy loud small airplane. Several years later, Bagheera had to endure another plane ride, but this time, it was on a big airplane. He moved with his human to San Diego. And he was all set to enjoy a life of soaking up the southern California sun but then something else got in the way. Bagheera was diagnosed with diabetes. This meant that he would have to overcome one more challenge. His diabetes is being treated with insulin and a low carb diet. He has gained back all the weight he lost and is the same active, happy, rambunctious cat that he was before his diagnosis. But he wants to help raise awareness of feline diabetes. He wants humans everywhere to realize that while diabetic cats require a little extra care and they cost more to keep healthy, they are loving and playful companions for the right humans!

July 23 Blood Sugar Readings

Good morning, kind humans. The human tells me it has been a hectic few days around here. There was some convention in town where a lot of people dress up as comic book characters, and go to see other humans talk. And many of them decided to visit a house panther who looks like Batcat.

Furiends, I know the human was working hard because the talking box started talking sooner than it normally does. Right around the time I liked to hop on the bed by the human and purr, it went off. I did not have the chance to give the human purr therapy as much.

Koji worried that the human was leaving for a while. I told Koji not to worry, since he took Jacey with him. Every night, Jacey would come back with the human. I knew the human was tired because he would plop down on the couch. I would join him and so would Koji, and we helped him relax.

The Human Did a Lot of This Last Week

The human kept good track of my blood sugar readings even though he worked very hard over the past week. For the week, my blood sugar levels averaged 196. That is higher than what we saw the week before. Still, we do not mind these numbers too much. They are well below the level where complications can arise.

The human is more concerned about the hypoglycemic reading that we got. You see, while high blood sugar readings cause problems over time, low blood sugar readings can be dangerous immediately. And that is why we really have to watch them.

We will keep on working to keep my blood sugar levels where they belong. Even though the human was very tired, he stayed committed to making sure my blood sugar levels were okay. I think I will keep this human around. Is that a good idea, furiends?

July 16 Blood Sugar Readings

Hello, kind humans. I hope you are all doing well. The human is better today. He went to the white coated humans, and they gave him antibiotics to help him. You see, when I bit him on Friday, I gave him a wound that got infected. And now, he needs some help to fight off the infection.

The Human's Hand After I Bit Him
The Human’s Hand After I Bit Him

We felines can cause a lot of harm when we bite you humans. We typically cause puncture wounds with our sharp teeth. And that means that bacteria from our mouths goes deep into your skin. These puncture wounds often do not bleed a lot, which means that the bacteria is not washed out of your body.

You should not panic if a feline bites you. If you can wash out the wound and it is not very deep, it will probably be okay. But you should go to the white coated humans if the wound is deep. And you definitely need to visit the white coated humans if the area around the wound starts to swell, turn red, or becomes painful.

But enough about wounds we felines inflict on humans. Now let’s talk about my blood sugar readings.

For the week, my blood sugar readings averaged 178. That is almost the same as the week before, when they averaged 175. We like blood sugar readings in this range. The human does not worry about me getting hypoglycemic at these levels. And he does not worry about my blood sugar levels being so high that complications will develop if they stay there.

Furiends, it is always a challenge for humans to keep a diabetic cat’s blood sugar levels under control. But I know the human works very hard to make sure mine stay that way. This is something that makes me happy, furiends, even though I need to sometimes give the human a swat or bite!

Humans in White Coats Save Tiny Feline

I do not like going to the humans in white coats. I know they are there to help me, and they do not want to cause any pain. But I do not like it when they stick me with needles or touch me in places I do not want to be touched. I tolerate this, but I do not like it. Sometimes, though, these white coated humans do very kind things for us felines.

A tiny feline was not feeling well, and someone took him to the humans in white coats. They diagnosed him with an eye infection, and the human who brought him in opted for euthanasia. But the humans in white coats refused, and took in the tiny feline.

This tiny feline’s eye infection was due to a chronic upper respiratory infection. And the tiny feline suffered from ringworm as well. That did not discourage one of the employees at the white coated humans, because they immediately took the tiny feline home.

It took a lot of work and a lot of love, but this tiny feline started to recover. He also needed to be bottle fed because he was so young. But that did not discourage the kind human who took in this tiny feline. They kept working to help him recover, and gave him a name. They called the tiny feline Gozer.

Gozer Is a Happy and Healthy Cat
Gozer Is a Happy and Healthy Cat

After a while, Gozer recovered and started to show his personality. He’s a playful and fun cat with a very expressive face. Gozer makes his humans smile every day. And he likes to show them how grateful he is.

It makes me very happy that a human cared enough for Gozer to take him in even though he was very sick. I am glad he recovered. But his humans are even happier to have him around!