A Diabetic Cat Gets Some Questions

As a diabetic cat, I sometimes get questions from humans who are trying to help their felines fight the disease.  That is what happened yesterday.  Two kind humans who really want to help their diabetic cats asked me for advice.

Now, I am just a cat.  And while I do have some experience with feline diabetes and can give some general advice, any human with questions really needs to talk to the humans in white coats.  From what my human tells me, not only are there humans in white coats that take care of us felines, but there are humans in white coats that take care of you.  I hope the ones that take care of you do not stick you with needles like the ones that help us do!

My fellow diabetic cat ChibiThe first question comes from a human who has a diabetic cat named Chibi.  The poor girl has blood sugar readings that are all over the place since she was diagnosed with diabetes again in July.  She was in remission for six months but diabetes is a tricky disease and it can come back.

Her latest blood sugar readings have ranged from a low of 221 all the way up to a reading of 571.  And the human who is taking care of her doesn’t have enough of those green paper things to go back to the human wearing the white coat.

To me, it seems like a dose increase is in order, because Chibi’s blood sugar readings are consistently way too high.  Remember, a normal cat has a blood sugar level of no more than around 130.  And bad things happen to us if our blood sugar consistently remains over 300.

My advice, which needs to be confirmed by a human in a white coat, is to increase the dose, monitor the blood sugar at that dose, and then see what to do after a few days of consistently dosing her at that level.

A good resource for humans and cats like Chibi is the Feline Diabetes Message Board.  And for humans who are having a hard time paying for the care of their diabetic cats, Diabetic Cats in Need is a great place, too.

I also got a question from Molly, who just got the word that her 13 year old male cat was diagnosed with diabetes.  She is heartbroken, and she wants to know what to expect and how she can prepare herself to help her diabetic cat. Humans have Qeustions for Bagheera the Diabetic Cat

Molly, you are a wonderful human to have cared for your feline furiend for 13 years.  There are a few things you will now have to do with him.  You will have to be prepared to give him insulin shots twice a day, 12 hours apart.  And you have to be ready to give him blood sugar tests.

But the best thing is that if you do these things, which takes around 15 minutes a day, he will be able to live a close to normal life for many years.  So your feline furiend will be able to give you lots of love as he spends his senior years with you.

I am happy to help as many kind humans as I can.  But remember, always talk to the humans in white coats!

Please help Polly Find a Home

My human tells me today is a day where many of you humans spend a lot of time at home instead of going to visit that thing called work.  There is a very pretty cat who would like a place to call her home.  As a diabetic cat, I feel the need to help as many of my fellow special needs cats as I can.  Polly is one of these cats.  And you will notice that her name is a shortening of the condition she and I share — we’re both polydactyls!

Say hello to Polly.  Bagheera the Diabetic Cat hopes you can help find her a home!Polly came to Tallahassee Animal Services when a kind human noticed an injured cat that was hanging around the neighborhood for a few weeks.  They realized that the poor feline didn’t have a home, so they brought her to the shelter for care and treatment.  Just like with Lucky, local laws required the shelter to keep her for a week so that if she was lost, her human could bring her back home.

Polly spent that week in the veterinary ward, where her wound was treated.  It’s responded well to treatment, but it is likely that she will have a scar on her head and her side.  She also is a loving cat, and is kind to even humans in white coats!  She likes to snuggle in human laps, help humans when they are typing on the computer, and she is good with kids.  She does not fear our canine counterparts, and is very good at stealing food from large canines.

Polly is about six months old.  She’s received her first set of vaccines and been dewormed.  Before she goes to a furever home, she will be spayed and microchipped.

Now you are probably wondering, well, Bagheera, she’s a poPolly is a polydactyl just like Bagheera the Diabetic Catlydactyl like you, but polydactyls are not special needs cats.  And she is not a diabetic cat like you.  So what makes her a special needs cat?

That is a very good question and you are smart humans for asking it.  Polly, unfortunately, has feline leukemia virus.  There is no treatment for this virus, and it will likely shorten Polly’s life.  And it spreads among felines, so Polly will need to be in a one cat home or she can go to a home where another cat has FeLV.  She will also need to be an indoor only cat because it will render her more susceptible to infections.

If you are a human who can give Polly a home or know someone who can, here is all you need to know about her.  The human in the white coat at Tallahassee Animal Services told me that they don’t normally try to adopt out cats with FeLV.  It makes sense, because most humans will not adopt a cat with this disease.

But, as the human in the white coat told me, Polly is so sweet they had to try.  As a diabetic cat I want to help my fellow special needs cat.  If you can help, please contact Tallahassee Animal Services and tell them you want to help Polly.

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!