Another Special Needs Cat Leaves Us

Yesterday, I shared with you the sad news that my fellow special needs cat Clyde has left us.  Sadly, I learned that another brave special needs cat also left us.  Homer had a far worse condition than a diabetic cat like me, although if our diabetes is unchecked it can result in us suffering from the same condition.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Is Sad We Have Lost HomerHomer was abandoned as a kitten, and got a horrible infection that cost him his sight.  He had to have both of his eyes removed.  But he didn’t let that stop him.  His enthusiasm and energy impressed the human who took him in, and she named him Homer after the blind Greek poet who wrote classics like the Odyssey.

Homer grew from an impulsive kitten into a sleek and handsome cat who would run around his apartment and rarely let his lack of sight create a problem for him.  He would jump five feet in the air to catch flies, and in a sign of true bravery, he scared off an intruder who broke into his home.

And Homer did something that would have made his namesake proud.  He inspired his human to write a book called Homer’s Odyssey, which made it onto the New York Times Bestseller list.  The book focused on how Homer taught his human about trust, love, and taking risks. Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants you to read Homer's book

Homer, who just celebrated his 16th birthday, had been in declining health since last fall.  His liver enzymes weren’t where they were supposed to be, and he was suffering from intestinal problems.  The humans in white coats said he didn’t have much time left, but Homer defied the odds one more time by appearing to recover in the early part of this year.  The recovery didn’t last for long, and Homer left us on August 21.

“He was so tired and it was time, ” his human said.  “Homer passed peacefully, in his own bed, in my arms.”  But even though he is gone, Homer is still going to help his fellow felines.  His human will donate all royalties from the sale of her book “Love Saves the Day,” to charity from now until October 27.  This book tells the story of a human family through the eyes of a feline.

“He was just one cat.  One tiny, big hearted, irrepressible, brave, and loyal little cat.  Who could have possibly foreseen that he would come to mean so much to so many? ” his human wrote.

I can tell you who.  A fellow special needs cat like this diabetic cat, and all the humans who love those who show that a bad break doesn’t mean you can’t be full of love and life.

Homer, if I can help just one human or feline as much as you’ve helped so many, I will have lived a good life.

Clyde Gets to Enjoy Being Bathed in Love

It would be easy for me to feel sorry for myself because I am a diabetic cat.  But then I hear a story like that of Clyde, who didn’t have a human to take care of him for a long time.  Then I realize, I do have a disease, but it is under control, and I have a human who loves me.  Things are not so bad.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Sad Clyde Has Left UsClyde was a neglected cat for far too long.  But his path crossed with a very kind human, who scooped him up in a pouring rain storm and took him to the vet, with both feline and human soaked to the bone.  The prognosis was not good.  Clyde was a senior cat, and his teeth had all either rotted away or been damaged due to being neglected.  He also was FIV positive, had high blood pressure, and a heart condition called cardiomyopathy.

He was sick, and the time he had left was limited.  But the wonderful human who scooped him up on that rainy day committed to taking care of him and making sure he was given the love every feline deserves for the rest of his days.  She built an enclosure for Clyde, and introduced him to another special needs cat who was also FIV positive, OliveBagheera the Diabetic Cat hopes you think of Clyde when you see firefliesr.

Clyde finally got to enjoy being taken care of by a human properly.  And he responded by giving lots of love to not only his feline furiend Oliver, but his humans.  He went on walks in the yard, enjoyed rolling the leaves, sniffing the grass, and most of all, watching the fireflies.  Clyde loved to walk with the fireflies.  He said watching them made him feel not like the old sick cat that he was, but like a young, healthy cat again and that he knew that when it was time to go, the fireflies would lead the way.

Yesterday, Clyde had to go.  His body was shutting down, and his humans had to carry out the one last act of love that humans show felines.  They had to take him to the place with white coated humans one last time so that Clyde could get the help he needed to go to his final rest.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wishes Clyde Had one More Chance to Do ThisClyde went peacefully and surrounded in love.  He was looking at his human right in the eye, letting her know it was okay.  He had his stuffed firefly with him, as well as the tiger striped blanket that his human made for him.  These were some of his favorite things.  His human will have these cremated with Clyde, so that they will be with him forever.

I wish that Clyde had more time to spend with the humans who loved him and took good care of him.  But that was not to be.  We can all take a lesson from Clyde, though.  We can all learn to love others, be they felines or humans, who have special needs.  And we can let others into our hearts even though we know there will be sadness when they leave us.

Don’t give up on a special needs cat, whether it’s one like Clyde, or a diabetic cat like me.  And when you see a firefly, think of Clyde.  He’ll appreciate it and that way, he’ll always be with us.

Say Hello to a Diabetic Cat’s Visitor

You know that I enjoy sharing cats with you who are looking for furever homes.  Sometimes, they are diabetic cats like me.  Recently, a cat like that who I shared with you is Tate, who was brought to my attention by Lucky.  I like to focus on special needs cats, even if they are not diabetic cats, because it is hard to find them a home.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Visitor MarleyMy current visitor, though, is not a special needs cat at all.  She is a very pretty snow bengal, and she has very pretty blue eyes.  Her story is pretty sad, as the humans who were taking care of her could not take her with them.  So they gave her to Joanie & Suzie’s Cat Adoptions.

She was in a cage at a PetSmart that my human goes to in order to get my food and litter.  He has walked by the adoption center many times, and played with the cats in there but never wanted to take them home.  That was until he saw Marley.

He came home and said, “Bagheera, there is a very pretty bengal that is stuck in a cage at the PetSmart.  I hope she finds a home.”

I told him, “well, I do not want another cat in the house, so do not think of adopting her.”

“Oh, Bagheera,” he responded.  “She’ll find a home soon, but if she doesn’t, I may bring her in here until she can find a home.”

I grudgingly told him okay.  I figured it would never happen.  But it did.  A couple of weeks later, he came back to me.  “Bagheera, your fellow bengal is still stuck in that cage.  We have to get her out of there.” Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Visitor Marley

Well, a cat’s word means something, so I allowed my human to bring this girl home.  She is a lot more shy than me and Jacey, but she is a sweet girl.  She still doesn’t quite like it when our human comes to pet her, and she only allows him to approach in certain ways.  And when it comes to me and Jacey, she really doesn’t like us trying to play with her.  She will growl at us, and run away to go hiding under the bed.

My human and I are stubborn, though.  In some ways, it is good we are with each other, although as a diabetic cat I don’t always like him stubbornly insisting on giving me ear sticks.  But when it comes to Marley, there is no pain involved.  We want to make sure she is comfortable until she finds a furever home.

Would you like to help this diabetic cat get more room?  Please contact Joanie and Suzie’s Cat Adoptions and let them know you want to adopt Marley.

I am a bengal cat who was born in 2005. In the summer of 2012, I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat. I want everyone to know that diabetic cats like me are just as fun and loving as cats without the disease.