Who Wins A Bag of Grain Free Food?

I hope everyone is enjoying their day.  Today my human normally goes to that thing called work, but he is at home today.  Maybe he is just learning to be more like us felines and relax instead of working.  But even though he is not working, he was up and gave me the insulin shot and ear stick a diabetic cat needs along with my food.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat is Giving Away Two Bags of This FoodSpeaking of food, did you know that I am participating in a contest with Hills Science Diet?  I get to give away two free 20 pound bags of their food throughout the month of September.  While Jacey, Marley, and I could definitely consume them ourselves, we have decided that we want to give them to a charitable organization.

This week, we get to give away two bags of Hills Science Diet’s Adult Grain Free food.  What makes grain free food different, you ask?  You are smart humans for asking.

Many humans are starting to feed their felines grain free food because some of us do not like the grains found in many foods.  Some of us get itchy and dry skin when we eat food with grains in it, and some of us get upset stomachs.

It is important to remember that grain free does not mean carbohydrate free, especially if you are caring for a diabetic cat like me.  The grains are often replaced with ingredients that also have a high carbohydrate level, such as sweet potatoes.  And grain free does not mean high protein, either.

But this food has been designed so that it has the right balance of nutrients for most cats.  It is not necessarily good for a diabetic cat like me, but for many cats, it will be very good.  The humans at Hill’s say that they have designed it so that it helps support a feline’s kidneys, immune system, and vision.Bagheera the Diabetic Cat wants to fill lots of these bowls!

For a rescue organization, food is often one of the items they spend most of those green paper things on.  So let’s send some food to one.  Go to my page on Facebook, Bagheera the Diabetic Cat, and choose a rescue group to send the food to.  If I did not list one that you’d like to get the free food, please add them.

Some rescue group is going to get some good noms for their felines.  Help me choose one!

Happy Stories from Diabetic Cats In Need

This morning, my human was on the computer.  I saw he was looking at something, and then I heard him say “that’s good news.”

“What is it, human?”

“Bagheera, there is good news about two diabetic cats from your favorite rescue group, Diabetic Cats in Need.”

“Well, tell me so I can share!”

Diabetic Cat Smokey Will Get a Chance to LiveSmokey was a cat with less than a week to live.  He was in Baltimore, and his diabetes had remained untreated by the irresponsible humans who were not caring for him.  They were going to take him to a high kill shelter, where he would have been scared for the few days he remained alive.  Diabetic Cats in Need intervened, and took him in for a few days of loving care before his last meeting with the humans in white coats.

But Diabetic Cats in Need spread the word about Smokey’s plight, and I am very happy that many humans offered to take care of him.  Now instead of being euthanized, Smokey will be treated and will go to a furever home.  The humans at Diabetic Cats In Need will be visiting the homes of humans who want to take in Smokey.  I do not know where he will go, but he will go to a place where he is treated properly.

Then there is the story of Scooter, who has been in a home far away from me in a place called Canada.  He was living in British Columbia, and his human really wasn’t able to take care of him.  She contacted Diabetic Cats In Need, and they looked to find him a home.

It took a long time, but Scooter is now on his way to a long term foster with an organization in Maine.  To get to his new home, he has to endure the long flight in the metal tube that I did, only in the opposite direction.  His journey started with a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, with a human escorting him.  Diabetic Cat Scooter Has a New Home!

He spent a week in Toronto, getting those papers you humans require to travel across international borders.  He is now on his way to Maine, where he will be in the hands of the Homeless Animals Rescue Team of Maine for his 48 hour quarantine.  Then he will head to his permanent rescue.

All of this takes a lot of commitment from Diabetic Cats in Need, and it also means they need lots of those green paper things you humans seem to care about a lot.  Can you help them with those?  If you can, please donate in Scooter’s name and if you can’t, please share this so that someone else can.

Lucky Can Be Too Smart for His Own Good!

My human came back from volunteering at the garden and I saw him sit down at the computer and chuckle.  I came over and asked him what he was laughing about.

Bagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend Lucky is Itchy!“Bagheera, you remember your furiend Lucky?”

“The ginger boy who was tortured by an evil human but who recovered and is now enjoying the love of a good human?”

“Yes, Bagheera, him.  He is too smart for his own good.”

“What does that mean, human?”

“It’s like you, Jacey and Marley.  Remember how I tried to isolate the cat that was new to our home in the bathroom, so you could slowly get used to each other but each time you guys opened up the bathroom door?  A cat that was not as smart as you three would not have been able to do that.”

“Well, just because we are smart does not mean we are bad, human.”

“No, of course not.  But when you’re so smart that you figure out how to do things that are not good for you, that is when you are too smart for your own good.  It would be like you, even though you are a diabetic cat, figuring out how to fake getting your insulin shot and not getting medicine.”

“Oh, yeah, about that.”

“No, Bagheera, you’re still getting them.”  With this, I shook my head anBagheera the Diabetic Cat's Furiend Lucky is Determined to Scratch!d walked away.

Neither Lucky nor I have figured out how to avoid getting medicines we don’t like, but Lucky is determined to scratch at his recovering wounds.  They itch, and it bothers him.  So the humans in white coats put toe caps on Lucky’s nails, and gave him some steroids to take in order to help with the itching.  But the healing wounds still itch, just like with you humans.  Lucky, in what my human says is an example of being too smart for his own good, has figured out how to loosen the top caps so that he can scratch.

The humans in white coats taking care of Lucky hope that the steroids will stop the itching and he will not have to endure any more surgery.  But if he does, it will mean that the scar on his right cheek will be treated, and then he thinks we should call him a “cheeky kitty.”

As a diabetic cat, I hate going to the place with humans in white coats and I hate it even more when I get treated there.  So let’s hope that the news is good for Lucky and that the steroids treat the itching.