Update on Duke the Bengal Cat

Remember how I told you about my fellow bengal cat Duke?  He was abandoned, and was living on the streets for three years.  He was rescued by the human who first fostered him, and he was recovering when I last updated you.  And believe me, even though I am a diabetic cat, the challenges I face were nothing compared to what poor Duke had to deal with.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Glad Duke Has RecoveredHere is what Duke looked like when he first was rescued.  It is a good thing that Duke had a microchip, or he would likely have been put down.  And you couldn’t blame the shelter for doing it.  He had open and infected wounds, was infested with mites, had diarrhea, was malnourished, and had pancreatitis.

Thanks to the care of the human who the shelter called, Duke is doing much better these days.  He was so malnourished that he only weighed 7.6 pounds, and he should have weighed around 12 pounds.  Well, he now weighs 9.7 pounds, so there’s still room for him to grow, but he’s doing much better.

One of the medications Duke was taking in order to help him recover Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Glad Duke Has Recoveredwas prednisolone.  Because he’s doing better, he takes less of it.  And that’s allowed his fur to grow back in.  His human says that Duke’s legs have mohawks.  His stomach was shaved for an ultrasound, and the fur has started to grow in.

One way you know that Duke is recovering is that his fur is super soft.  We bengal cats are known for our soft fur.  In fact, many people call our fur a pelt because it is so soft.

That picture sure looks better, doesn’t it?  I’m sure that you want to reach through the computer and pet him.

I will make sure you are updated on Duke’s progress.  This diabetic cat is very happy to see his fellow bengal cat doing so well.  A lot of you kind humans helped, and you can still do so if you want to help Duke do even better.

Tenth Life Cats Has A New Home

Remember how I told you about my furiend Lincoln?  He is an alumnus of Tenth Life Cats, which is an organization in St. Louis that specializes in taking care of cats who nobody else would help.  A diabetic cat like me probably would be able to find a place to take care of him while he’s waiting for his furever home.  But a cat like Lincoln probably would never have made it if it wasn’t for Tenth Life.

Bagheera the diabetic cat wants to tell you about Tenth LifeThey have a wonderful mission.  Tenth Life “saves stray cats and kittens in the St. Louis area, prioritizing those with special needs.”

Tenth Life was founded in 2009, and for four years, it has been an organization with no actual physical location.  Cats needing help were housed in volunteer foster homes.  Now, Tenth Life is moving into an actual physical location.  This will give them a physical presence, a central location, and a testing ground for their future shelter operations.

This facility is a temporary one, which will house Tenth Life until their permanent shelter is built.  And their facility will give special needs cats like me having plenty of sunny windowsills, comfortable beds, and perches with great views until they find their furever home.  Hey, wait a minute.  How come I don’t have those things.  My human and I need to talk.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat Shows you Tenth Life's facilityBut even Tenth Life’s temporary facilities are nice.  Take a look at them.  Sure beats the typical cages of an animal shelter, doesn’t it?  And see all those nice humans enjoying the facilities?  That’s because they were very helpful to Tenth Life and they got to preview the facilities before it opened.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend LincolnOne of the stars of the event?  None other than our good furiend Lincoln!  Here he is, testing out one of the desks at Tenth Life’s facility.  What do you think?  Is he doing a good job of pretending to be a human boss?  Or is he just too cute to do that?

If you’d like to learn more about Tenth Life and all the good they do to help special needs cats like me and Lincoln, it’s easy to do.  You can visit their website.  They also have a Facebook page that you can like.  And you can always follow them on Twitter.

It is amazing, isn’t it, that you humans have invented technology that allows this diabetic cat to tell you all about Tenth Life.  But doesn’t it make you happy?

Please Help Diabetic Cat Jefferson

One of the challenges humans like mine have with diabetic cats is the cost of taking care of us.  I am fortunate to have a human who is able to take care of my diabetes and make sure I get the treatment I need.  I have heard from some kind humans about how they wish they could help, but they can’t afford the cost of treating a diabetic cat.

But there is a wonderful organization called Diabetic Cats in Need that helps humans who are dealing with the challenges we present.  And they have offered to help any human who steps up to take care of Jefferson.  His is a pretty sad story.

Diabetic Cat JeffersonJefferson is a handsome black and white cat who was found wandering the streets of Boston.  Some kind humans found him, and he was taken to a heated barn, where Jefferson was going to do what cats have done for humans since the very beginning — catch mice!

Jefferson was a sweet and cuddly boy from the very beginning.  Even though he was very dirty, which is not surprising since he was roaming the streets of Boston, his new family loved him.  But when they found out that he was diabetic, they could not properly care for him so they sought the help of Diabetic Cats in Need.Please help diabetic cat Jefferson

The humans who took in Jefferson are getting help with medicine and testing supplies from Diabetic Cats in Need, but they are not using them.  It is too bad that Diabetic Cats in Need is not in charge of his care, because he would be getting treated properly.  They can’t make the human who has Jefferson start to treat his diabetes properly.

Jefferson’s condition is deteriorating rapidly because he is not receiving treatment.  He is not getting tested frequently, and the few readings of his blood sugar are way too high, in the 300s to 400s.  His food drive is through the roof, he drinks lots of water, and he floods the litter box.  The cure for this is right there in the house, provided by Diabetic Cats in Need, but Jefferson is not getting the medicine he needs.

If there is anyone who has wanted to help a diabetic cat who was scared away by the costs associated with taking care of one, now is your chance to step up.  Please contact Diabetic Cats in Need and tell them you’ll take in Jefferson.

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.