Do Your Cats Visit You in the Bathroom?

My good furiends at Catster wrote an article about how cats love to go to the bathroom when their humans are in there.  Now, this is definitely true with me.  I like to go follow my human into the bathroom in the morning, and we use our toilets together.  This makes things easier for him.  When he learned I was a diabetic cat, he would see who took longer to finish emptying the bladder.  When I took longer than he did, he knew that my blood sugar level was likely to be elevated!

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat uses the litter box when his human uses the toiletOf course, I am not the only cat that likes to go to the bathroom with his human.  Jacey will eventually join us in there.  And she will talk to hm, and demand that he pet her.  Then she will complain about how I used the litter box and it needs to be cleaned.  My human will then clean the box, and she will use it.

My human has learned to just go ahead and wait for Jacey to use the box before he flushes my waste and his waste down the toilet.  You humans may think you train us cats, but sometimes, we train you!

And we are far from the only cats that demand some time when our humans are in the bathroom.  The author of the Catster article wrote about how cats love to catch their humans when they are seated, because we know you cannot escape and if we complain, you will pet us!  You expect that since we want privacy in our litter boxes, we would give you the same.  But it just ain’t so.

And it doesn’t stop at the toilet for me and Jacey.  The other thing we enjoy dBagheera the Diabetic Cat likes to do what this cat is doingoing with our human is waiting for him to go into the shower, and then sitting right by the tub.  We will talk to him, and when he opens the shower door, we sit there and stare at him, wanting him to get out of the tub.

You see, it takes some time for the water to drain from the tub, and we love to sit on the edge of the tub and splash the water around with our paws.  And we do not like to wait for our human very long, because the water will drain away.  He has learned to get out of the shower, dry himself with the towel, and move away so we can play.  I tell him playing is good for a diabetic cat, so he needs to let me do it.

Do your feline furiends play any games with you while you are in the bathroom?  Share your stories!

Another Cat Blog You Should Visit

I am glad that you humans visit my blog.  I love to share stories about how I deal with being a diabetic cat.  What I really enjoy, though, is telling you about other special needs cats that face challenges far more difficult than being a diabetic cat but who show that the important word to remember about special needs cats is special.

I want to share another blog with you.  This blog is called Peace, Love, and Whiskers.  They recently honored me by writing a story about me, but that is not why I like this blog. Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Encourages You to Visit Peace, Love &  Whiskers

The human who writes the blog says that she is “sweet, mean, crazy, dreaded, tanned, glasses wearing, sarcastic, cat loving, sun roof loving, beach bum, peaceful, hippie, rocker, blues listener, photographer, writer, dreamer, lazy, with a touch of OCD.”  But the most important thing to remember about her is that she loves cats.  Just like my human, she is slightly allergic to us, but she does not mind.

She goes on, saying “I love all things cat related and have 4 wonderful cats in my life. Bubby, Buggy, Miss Bit-Bit and Boo. The oldest three were  adopted from the Tallahassee Humane Society. Sir Boo was flown all the way from Akron, OH. He was a foster kitty taken from what would have been a bad situation  with his feral mommy and given a new home in Florida.”  And most importantly, her feline companions “have filled my life (thus far) with laughs, tears, snuggles, purrs and lots of cat naps.”

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat encourages you to find out about cats that need extra loveWell, taking in a feral kitten half a country away from her shows that she’s a wonderful human.  But here is what makes her even more special.  She features furry four legged creatures like me, who need, as she puts it, a little extra love.  Now, as a diabetic cat, the extra love I get in the way of ear sticks and insulin shots is not a pleasant kind of love, but I will tolerate it.

This human has highlighted many special needs furiends.  Some of them you will recognize, like my good furiends Anakin, Lazarus, and Little Bear.  Others you may not.  And she doesn’t limit her profiles to felines.  There are canines on there, too.

I encourage you to add this blog to your reading list.  I think you will find lots of cool cats whose stories will inspire you!

A Condition That Looks Like Diabetes

Today, I want to let you know about a condition that is very scary, because it can very easily be diagnosed as diabetes.  As a diabetic cat who is also a big cat, this is a condition that many people have warned my human to watch out for.  The condition is called acromegaly.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants Humans to Know About AcromegalyThis condition occurs when the pituitary gland develops a tumor, and it starts to secrete growth hormones.  What happens when this occurs is what happened with the humans who attempted to show cat like reflexes with a stick and ball.  It’s cute that you humans think those are fast reflexes.  We felines could do so much better if we could hold that stick!

But unlike the humans who played that game, since the growth hormone secretion is at a lot higher concentration, acromegaly creates severe problems.  Our paws, jaws, tongue, and forehead become enlarged and disproportional.  In addition to this, we tend to urinate a lot, have an almost insatiable appetite, and have cardiovascular irregularities.  In addition, diabetic cats with this disease become very insulin resistant.  Doses of more than 20 units per day are required!  To put things in perspective for you, even my highest dose is only 6.5 units per shot, or 13 units per day.

Acromegaly is diagnosed by either testing the blood of a cat who the humans in white coats think have the disease or by giving our pituitary gland a CT scan.  Typically, CT scans are the best way to diagnose this condition. Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Wants You to Be Aware of Acromegaly

If a diagnosis of acromegaly is confirmed, the short and medium term prognosis is okay, but the long term prognosis is not good.  Generally speaking, cats with acromegaly will die due to heart failure, renal failure, or excessive growth of the pituitary gland.

My human is very confident I do not have this disease, because the amount of insulin I am getting does not indicate acromegaly and because my jaw, tongue, forehead, and paws are not growing.  But he will keep an eye out for it, and all humans with diabetic cats should be aware of it.

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.